I've been making some significant promises to myself over the past four months. I promised to get my motorcycle license/buy a bike, teach more classes at the college and illustrate a full children's book. Some of these opportunities arose because of networking but the true incentive is to build my integrity.
I'm making fewer promises in my day to day life, but I am always delivering on them. So instead of saying I'll do this, that and the other-- I've been saying I'll do this and that and always coming through. It's a fundamental trait which I've been developing after seeing tons of people turn into complete flakes. It's important for me because I'm super busy these days with my career and relationships and I don't want my promises to lose any power. It's powerful to say you'll do something and then actually doing it.
I used to have a problem where I wouldn't finish paintings. The way I solved this was when I started getting paid for commissions; there's really no choice when you're getting paid for work. I built up my will power to the point where I could push through any excuse and finish all my projects. This was essential when I was grinding though the Little Karl illustrations.
I use this for everything from finishing a long book to hitting the gym. Read fewer books, but actually read them instead of letting them pile up. People who actually stick with things, no matter what, are the people who get results. I'll be getting way busier in November and I know this is going be absolutely necessary for organizing my life.