Vision and Discipline

Episode 55: Welcome to the She Builds Show, I’m your host, Stefanie Olson. Today, I want to talk to you about how vision meets discipline. To me, discipline is the ability to control your feelings and overcome your weaknesses, it is the ability to pursue what you think is right despite temptations to abandon it. People don’t like discipline, they love instant gratification. People are used to getting what they want when they want it. People don’t like having to consistently work hard every day, that’s why so many people give up on their vision. Does that settle somewhere for you? Think back over your life and recall a time when you had a vision, an invention, a new way of thinking. You’ve committed to meditation, a new business idea. What happened to it? Where did it go? It went head to head with your discipline, didn’t it? And, you gave in. You let go. You lost the fight. I can’t tell you how many times in my life that this has happened to me. So, let’s talk about how your vision can meet discipline.

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•   You cannot eat healthy three days a week and expect to look and feel how you want. You cannot work on your business one day a month and expect to meet your goals. You cannot create that invention that you have dreamt about, by only dreaming about it. You cannot write the book if you don’t start with the commitment to write one page per day. Discipline over time is how your vision comes to life. My vision, I want to change the construction industry, I want women on a job site to be… No big freaking deal. I want every woman who was like me, that likes to get her hands dirty, that likes to work hard, that has never really fit in with the girly girls, to find a beautiful home in the construction industry. I no longer want construction to be a place where customers get the short end of the stick. I want people who we work for to feel listened to, to be communicated with and to enjoy the process of their remodel or their new home build. I want the door opened, so so many women can walk through it, and they are welcomed with open arms.  (04:24)

•   So I’ve ran a lot of businesses and I’ve done a lot of stuff that had no meaning to me, but made me a lot of money. This time though, with She Builds… I needed that to be different. I want to inspire, I want to encourage, I want to physically be the woman opening the door for the rest to walk through, I love people, I love real conversations, and I love helping you believe in yourself. I mean, don’t ever come up to me and be like, Hey, how’s the weather? Because I’m out, unless we’re talking about real stuff, I get weird and I leave. If you have a vision, here’s what I would tell you, first, write it down, make a poster, go to Michaels, get some poster board, get a white board, write it in large letters and put it on your wall where you will see it every day. Then I just want you to leave it there. Then, I want you to go to work on your discipline, if you are serious about achieving that vision, you need to grow your discipline.  (6:50)

•  Discipline is a muscle. The more you say no to the temptation, the stronger and easier it is to continue. Start small. When you want to grow this muscle bigger than ever, then read The 5 AM Club and do the challenge. I mean really DO IT! Really do something different. What you’re doing now is not working. You’re just drifting through life and girl, you are meant for more. Develop your discipline, strengthen the muscle. Then when you are strong and wild on your vision, commit to it, stay the course and believe in yourself. You, my friend, are incredible, and we all have the power within us to build something life-changing.(08:13)


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