Why Diligence Is Important to Your Success

There are so many times in life where I need to complete a task and just can’t make myself do it. I do everything I can to avoid the one thing I actually need to do. Have homework? Well, I’ll do that tomorrow even though it’ll be on my mind all day and make me miserable. Need to fold laundry? I’ll just leave it on the floor in a pile and go to work with a wrinkled shirt. This way of thinking interferes with my success. And I know I’m not alone in this.

As I was writing this post, I was constantly thinking about Nike’s “Just Do It” logo. Sometimes it’s that simple. If we’re diligent and “Just Do It,” we’ll be so much better off! This concept was a major theme I noticed in Emma Gannon’s podcast, Ctrl Alt Delete. This podcast is full of interviews where Emma chats with successful writers and entrepreneurs about their relationships with the internet. She’s even interviewed other podcast hosts that I’ve mentioned on this blog, like Gretchen Rubin!

I usually listen to 15 episodes of each podcast I review, but I ended up skipping two of them due to language and content I wasn’t comfortable with. However, the rest of the podcast was interesting and applicable! One main theme  I wanted to focus on was diligence. Diligence is extremely important for our success, but it’s something that just about everyone can work on!

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What is diligence?

Most of us are familiar with the definition of diligence, but I wanted to discuss it anyway so we’re all on the same page. When I think of diligence, I think of persistence. Also continual effort over a long period of time. My husband is a great example of this. He’s a law student and spends hours and hours every day studying and writing. Even when he doesn’t want to.

A huge part of diligence is patience. There will be days when you do everything right but see no results. Diligence is the ability to keep going and pushing through in order to reach a goal that takes time to achieve even without immediate reward. For example, if you have a goal of reaching a certain GPA, the entire semester should be filled with reading, studying, and completing assignments. Without that continual effort, the final will be extremely difficult and you won’t receive the grade you want. That general idea can be applied to many situations in life.

Why is diligence important for success?

Let’s say that you have a particular skill that comes naturally to you. We’ll use basketball as an example because I’m watching an NBA game right now. If you’re naturally good at shooting three-point shots, that’s great! You could make the junior high basketball team with ease. But as time passes and you grow older, you can’t coast by on natural ability any longer. You have to actively work on developing new skills as well as stay ahead in your shooting ability. And that takes diligence. Understanding that you have to keep developing and pushing forward is a necessary skill for success.

The wonderful thing about being diligent is that you eventually see results. Being diligent sets you apart. It shows that you’re willing to put in the work, time, and effort is takes to improve. Not only does this show the people around you that you’re worth investing in, it also gives you more confidence in your own ability to succeed. Over time you’ll be able to prove to yourself and others that you can accomplish great things through daily diligence.

How can you be diligent?

I’d like to talk about three practical ways to add diligence into your daily life. These tips won’t add any extra time to your day. They will hopefully help you change the way you think about the daily tasks that need to be done, even when you don’t want to do them! And replace some bad habits as well.

Avoid Procrastination.

Procrastination is the opposite of diligence. If you’re procrastinating, you are not focusing on the things that matter most. Sometimes we procrastinate with good things such as cleaning, spending time with family and friends, or relaxing. Those are all good things, but it means you’re not being diligent in achieving the goals you’re working towards.

One way I’ve found to avoid procrastinating is picking the three most important tasks that need to be done that day and striving to complete them as early as possible. By doing this, I’m able to accomplish more each day and feel like I can relax or work on more enjoyable tasks for the rest of the day.

Pick One Idea.

This was suggested by Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat, Pray, Love. When we start a new project, job, or school assignment, it’s so easy to get distracted with other things that might seem easier, more fun, or a better fit. If you’re working on writing a novel, it might be tempting to say, “I want to push this novel to the side and work on a blog because that seems easier.” Elizabeth encourages us to not do that!

The grass is always greener on the other side. It’s so easy to think that some other project is going to be easier, faster, or a better fit. The truth is that you’re just being distracted by a new shiny object. It takes diligence and perseverance to stick to a project, but putting in the time and effort to complete it is how you achieve your goals.

Be a Warrior.

There are times in our lives where we want people to comfort us. We want people to tell us that we’re right to feel like the world is against us. We throw pity parties for ourselves and invite anyone that’s willing to listen. And sometimes that’s okay. However, part of being diligent is being to pick yourself up and understand that the only way to change your situation and achieve the success you desire is by fighting for it.

Practicing diligence is an area that everyone can improve. Sometimes it can be difficult to stay focused, but it’s so worth it to put in the effort and achieve the success you deserve.


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61 thoughts on “Why Diligence Is Important to Your Success

  1. Wow fab post! I needed to see this blog TODAY!! A bit of procrastination has been going on around need to get on with things! Fab post! πŸ’›πŸ’›

    1. I swear, procrastination is the worst! I hope things have been going more smoothly for you!

  2. actually, it’s one of the best kind a quote or column regarding to diligence and success that i hv ever Read.
    really u done u REMARKABLE jobπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ
    very impactful and impressive content too

    1. Oh my goodness, I truly appreciate that! I love sharing the things I learn from podcasts and books on this blog. I feel like everyone needs reminders once in a while, you know? Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment.

    1. I wish we WERE sitting somewhere talking about this stuff! Haha You are such a supportive person, I love seeing your comments.

    1. I read your post and LOVED your tips! They were so practical and easy to implement. Thanks so much for sharing and commenting.

  3. Diligence is more easily applied to a concept providing PURPOSE. Passion in purpose helps one combat headwinds often faced as one persistently pursues one’s goals. All of these “P’s” encourage and support diligent behavior.

    Great post!

    1. Haha I love your use of alliteration! I feel like purpose is such a loaded concept that we could talk about it forever! You should write a post about that and share it with me. Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment.

    1. Thank you so much! Your blog is absolutely beautiful, I gave you a follow. I can’t wait to read more of your work.

    1. That is awesome! It looks like you’ve been doing a really great job so far. I gave you a follow.

  4. Great blog post and extremely well written.

    The only thing I don’t agree with is sticking to one thing. Doing several things is called “branding” and it has been great for my career as a writer and public speaker. One of my mentors advised me “Keep shooting those arrows.” She was right.

  5. Wow! this was an awesome post and I commend your husband, that is a lot of work and will be well worth it once he finishes! I am rooting for his success. I like to think I am diligent for the most part when it comes to my own life and priorities, maybe not with everything but the majority of things — but like many others I have fallen short some days.

    1. That is so sweet, he certainly is a hard worker! I love that you’re so confident and positive about your own abilities to stay diligent, that is awesome. I think you’re also more dedicated to your goals than most people (from what I see on Instagram and your blog haha). You are an inspiration!

  6. You made some great points. A trick I use (because ultimately I am all about gratification LOL) is I will choose anywhere from 6-10 things to accomplish in a day (depending on expected length of time to complete), but I have equal amounts of things I completely enjoy and are often fairly quick and easy to the things that are a bit more time-consuming or difficult and simply less enjoyable. Then, I start with the one I least desire to do. That gives me great satisfaction once it is done and just gives me a boost. Then, I do one of the more pleasurable activities (that is my reward). Then I pick the thing I least care to do if the remaining items and so on.

    1. Oh man, I absolutely love that! I feel like you could write a whole post about that and people could really gain value from it. Thank you so much for sharing.

  7. One of the best reads I have for today. Inspired me to practice the 3 key points on how I can be diligent. Very helpful, indeed. Keep them coming, Makayla!

    1. You are so kind! I’m glad you were inspired, I’ll definitely keep them coming! Haha Thanks so much.

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