31 Life Changing Thoughts No. 3
What would you say if I told you there was a way that you could become a person who is marching towards their goals, getting stuff done quickly, efficiently and faster than anyone else around you?
I'm guessing you'd say "tell me more!"
Procrastination is defined as the delaying of something that must be done, often for no real reason. It's a common problem and many people wrestle with it from school kids putting off homework to business owners putting off sales calls.
If you're someone who procrastinates, puts things off and ends up falling short of goals and not following through on the things you say you'll do, you are going to love today's Life Changing Thought.
Here it is: Procrastination is a form of REBELLION. Yes, really!
When you procrastinate, what you're really saying to yourself is "no-one can tell me what to do, not even myself!" It sounds crazy, but I know there'll be some of you reading this who are saying "yes, I do that!"
This rebellious behaviour (procrastination) can show up in one of two ways. Either you go straight in to rebellion and say "I'm not doing this" or you set overly strict boundaries around your goal. In this second scenario you'll set a goal, e.g. start a diet, but you'll attach overly strict 'rules' to it for example you'll eat nothing but salad for 6 days a week. The chances of you being successful under such strict 'rules' are very slim and so you'll give up and say this is too hard. This immediately triggers rebellion, and once again you'll not achieve your goal.
Here are my top 2 tips for overcoming procrastination:
Accountability - a great way to make sure you do what you say you're going to do is to have a buddy, a coach, or a colleague who will spur you on. It's much harder to let yourself off the hook when you've enlisted the support of someone else.
Celebrate Progress - no matter how small, be sure to celebrate every step of progress. In this way you're retraining your brain to expect success. It becomes much harder to put tasks off when you're enjoying the feelings of success.
I'd love to know what you do when you notice you're putting something off that you know you really should just get done. Tell me in the comments below!