Getting things done is not only about willpower or productivity

Smart entrepreneurs always seek good advice. Be it in their business or personal lives. Thankfully, there is no shortage of available advice.

After finding some great information they act on it.

Seems straightforward, right?

But it is entrepreneurs that we are talking about. They are a special bunch. They don’t go with the flow but put a lot of energy and willpower into their actions.

This is where one problem appears. It’s about HOW entrepreneurs achieve their goals.

Acting on advice and setting goals assume several things.

First, that entrepreneurs have enough energy to do it all. Second, that they have enough inner motivation to do it. It also presumes that they have time to do it. Finally, it presumes that there are no mental blocks that might prevent them from completing that goal.

A few examples to illustrate the point.

A very popular advice is to meditate more often. Yet, many struggle to find time for it. Speaking opportunities can lead to more business. Yet, it’s hard to go talk in public when one is afraid to be in front of many people. Hustling is said to bring success. But it is hard to hustle when one is sleep deprived. Entrepreneurs often want to spend more quality time with their significant other. However, when done with work they usually don’t have enough energy or desire to do something out of the ordinary.

Entrepreneurs discount many internal factors that affect their actions, performance and goals.

What I’m getting at is that it’s often not only about willpower and discipline. There are many other circumstances that affect how entrepreneurs act and achieve their goals.

This is important as entrepreneurs usually think they are not productive due to poor discipline, not having enough willpower or not working hard enough. They discount everything else that might affect their productivity.

Entrepreneurs don’t give enough attention to such things as constant sleep deprivation, brain fog or persistent fatigue. Such things often seen as a distraction rather than a real issue. They rely on coffee and willpower to get things done. And then blame themselves for not being productive.

Acknowledging such circumstances will allow entrepreneurs to be easier on themselves. They then won’t have to push themselves so hard (not that it makes a huge difference in the quality of work). There will be less stress over trying to push yourself to work harder.

They will also know what affects their performance and its limits. This information can be invaluable in setting and achieving goals.

Only then entrepreneurs can effectively improve discipline and willpower.