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Why Is Doing The Right Things So Hard?

Why is doing the right things so hard?

Have you ever wondered why doing the right thing is so darned hard? I have many times.

I think it must be human nature to take the easy path. To slack off. After all, most “right” things take much more effort than their “wrong” counterparts.

Even the Bible reminds us to focus on the right things. “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 (Emphasis mine)

Before we begin, let me share a short, unofficial definition of the “right” and “wrong” things.

“Right” things are things you know you should do in order to move ahead in your goals and life.

You can’t go wrong doing the right things, so eating well, getting exercise and posting to your blog should be no-brainers.

“Wrong” things are things that waste time and do not move you toward your goal or add value to your life.

While there is a role in our lives for entertainment, watching three hours a night of them is not very productive when all is said and done.

As I think about this, I realize that it takes almost no effort at all to the wrong things.

I can’t remember the last time someone had to convince me to drink a Coke or eat cheesecake.

But, even at 62, I need reminding to tend to my diet and make sure it is well balanced. Thank God for my wonderful wife!

No one ever needs to remind me to click all those interesting links for offers in my email.

But I have a “publish to blog” task in Nozbe that gets missed far too often.

So what is the solution?

  • Is it personal discipline?
  • Is it hiring Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest? (Old guy reference there)
  • Is it being nagged into an early grave by your boss?

While I don’t pretend to have all the answers, I can share some things that work for me.

These things keep me on track.

Know what matters most

Far too many people, especially those trying to make money online, don’t really know what they should be doing every day. This is why so many fall for the shiny objects that promise they will get rich quick.

Success online really is the story of the Tortoise and the Hare.

Know the right things to do, do them every day, and put time on your side.

If you don’t know the right things to do, ask me in the comments. I will be happy to share from my experience.

Write it down in a trusted place

Quick question – if I gave you a piece of information you absolutely had to keep and not forget (let’s say they are winning lottery numbers) where would you keep it?

What jumped into your mind just then?

  • Your calendar?
  • Your Daytimer?
  • Evernote?
  • A pocket notebook you always carry?
  • A legal pad on your desk?

Whatever your answer was, that is your trusted resource. Use it to keep up with the most important things in your life.

Do more by doing less

Easy to say – hard to achieve. I know one online marketer who makes several million a year in sales. Great guy. Big staff and a growing business.

Guess how many things are on his to-do list?

Three.

Yep. Three and no more. But here’s the thing – he gets them done every time.

QUESTION: What are your three Most Important Tasks? Leave a comment below and let’s discuss.

When he is done he is free to stop or find something more to do. Knowing him, it’s the latter.

Declare your independence

What does that mean? It means to do the things you need to do on a schedule.

Take email for example – how many times a day do you check your email?If you are like many people, it’s a continuous process.

We have email on our computers, phones, and tablets. Sometimes even on our television!

And most people seem to keep push notifications on their phones so they are constantly seeing the little badge beckoning them to read their email.

Let today be your independence day.

Make a list of the major tasks you need to do and focus on them.

Turn all notifications off and get some peace of mind back.

If you think about this I believe you will see it is true.

Doing the right things takes effort.

Doing the wrong things takes no effort at all.

I wonder why that’s true?

Thanks for reading.

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Mark Lawton - March 17, 2017

Gutted I cannot get your Master product. It’s just too expensive for me right now, otherwise I would be first in the queue….

Thanks for the wonderful never ending quality content. Keep it coming please!

Best Wishes

Mark

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    Charlie Page - March 17, 2017

    Mark,

    No worries on Master. I totally understand. Appreciate your kind words about the content and very happy you find it helpful.

    Charlie

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Mark Lawton - March 17, 2017

Hi Charlie, so what are your right things to do every day?

Thanks

Mark

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    Charlie Page - March 17, 2017

    Mark,

    They are mostly summarized by these three words …

    Develop
    Market
    Support

    In fact, I wrote an article about just that. You can read it here.

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John Antaya - March 17, 2017

I find that we try to do too many things on a daily basis. The unfortunate part of that is you are not working on what you should be doing to push you ahead. I’ve been guilty of doing that and it has cost me not only financially but in terms of accomplishments. Another thing that happens is you write down all these items to do and yes you do get all the easy items done and say hey! look what I got accomplished today only the harder items seem to stay on your list from day to day. For some reason all the easy items seem to get done but the harder items stay for the next day where instead you need to do the hard items first even if it takes 2 or 3 days to do and then work on those easy items.

John

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    Charlie Page - March 17, 2017

    I totally understand about getting the small things done. The way I fight back against that is to not move on to anything until my first Most Important Task is complete.

    I don’t always win the battle but it helps.

    Charlie

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Mark Lawton - March 17, 2017

Great post Charlie, as always.
Mark

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Mike Henderson - March 16, 2017

Great post and very timely. What are the right things to do everyday from your experience?

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    Charlie Page - March 17, 2017

    Mike,

    I wrote an article about that. You can read it here.

    It basically comes down to Developing, Marketing and Serving.

    Thank you for your comment.

    Charlie

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Kyle Robinson - March 16, 2017

Charlie:

Another great article. I would be interested in what your list looks like of things that an online marketer should be doing everyday.

You know where I am headed and looking to achieve — your advice is always wise and appreciated!

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    Charlie Page - March 17, 2017

    Kyle,

    Always good to hear from you.

    My day centers around three concepts …

    Develop
    Market
    Support

    I wrote an article about it that you might like. You can read it here.

    Charlie

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RICHARD SCHWARTZLY - March 16, 2017

Hi Charlie
It took me a lot of years to figure out it never was all about me. I am a Bible student as you are perceived by me to be. This is the major reason I purchased your products.
Romans 7:18 says

For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not
Romans 7:19

For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do
Romans 7:20

Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
Romans 7:21

I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
Romans 7:22

For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

I posted this from the Bible because this is what keeps my mind clear knowing that sin is why it is hard to do the right thing.

Thank You for the good post,

Rick Schwartzly

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    Charlie Page - March 17, 2017

    Rick,

    I happily study my Bible every day!

    Our fallen nature does pull us toward many things that are less than noble. I like what Joyce Meyer says about the fact that not every thought that drops into your head comes from you. Being able to calm the mind and hear from the Lord is so helpful to living a successful live, no matter how you define success.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Charlie

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Mark M - March 16, 2017

YES that is rite Charlie, it’s very hard to do the rite thing and so easy to do the wrong stuff. I’m sure my to do list is much bigger than 3. Some days I’m too tired to do anything so I just do emails. Just in-case you didn’t know Charlie I’m 4 years older than you and wheelchair bound. Thank you for the inspiration.

Kind regards

Mark M

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    Charlie Page - March 17, 2017

    Mark,

    It must be doubly hard when you are in a limited mobility situation. I did know that and fully understand that there are good days and bad days in your world.

    I pray more of your days are good than bad.

    Charlie

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