Dealing With Procrastination: What We Are Up Against
How do we deal with procrastination? First, we must be very clear that procrastination is a symptom of many flawed characteristic traits.There is no action in the world that is taken without any form of motivation behind it.
However, most motivation can be summarized into two forms:
Gain motivation AND prevention motivation (in other words, prevention of pain). It is a crazy mind game, but somehow you will find that most people are able to motivate themselves in ways that allows them to defy the odds and accomplish great things. They have two hands, two legs, two eyes and one mouth. What makes them (normally) different from the rest of us?
Motivation. No one procrastinates something in and of itself. There is a reason behind everything.
There are many forms of motivation that I can share about now. One of it is by doing something that you enjoy. Most people who are struggling with starting a business, for example, find that the more their business is focused on their favorite hobby, the more they will work hard at it.
Working at something you like doesn’t feel like work!
People drag themselves out of bed every morning to go to work, but wake up extra early to head on to the golf course! Why? Motivation.
Find what motivates you the most and try and apply it to your tasks. Never ever neglect this mindset.
Useful Time Management Strategies
Procrastinators are busy people. In fact, busy people can be the worst procrastinators. Every time to speak with them they are busy, busy, busy! Always in a hurry, they are constantly rushing around. In some cases the reason is that subconsciously it makes them feel superior to be doing so many things. But in reality they are simply poor managers of their time. They are inefficient at time management and often highly disorganized.
You can sit down and analyze, read a dozen books about self-motivation, and even talk to others about it, but it all counts for nothing if you don’t take practical measures. As a matter of fact, you have made tremendous progress fighting procrastination by reading this book and have come this far.
We have covered a lot on procrastination. But I have a suggestion on how to apply these things into real life.One of the most practical applications you can do is to write down a to do list.
A list of things to do each day and week is a valuable aid to managing your time and eliminating inefficiency. What it does is that it helps you organize your thinking and planning into a sheet of paper.
When you write things down on a list, your mind becomes focused (like the example of the archer above). Your subconscious mind starts formulating strategies and creating solutions on how to solve your problem because it is narrowed down to something small and easy to read.
I have already said everything that I can say for now. It is all up to you to make that decision and that decision is to overcome procrastination once and for all. Take action now and don’t procrastinate. It is time to claim YOUR life BACK!
Learning How To Overcome Self Sabotage
Most of us do not realize how powerful our subconscious is. This part of our mind has a huge influence on our actions and inactions. Many of us attribute our failures and lack of success to bad luck. We go on with our lives not fully aware that we have got everything to do with the events of our lives through subconscious sabotage. The truth is we are the ones that create the circumstances that make us fail.
What can we do to triumph over self-sabotage? The first step is to become fully aware of our fears and emotions. Once we are aware of the causes that lead to unproductive actions, we can then proceed to prevent these things from happening again.
What happens when we inflict self-sabotage? Let’s look at the repeated lack of success of many people who say they want to lose weight. Most fail to get the outcome they aim for. What we need to ask is “Do these people really want to lose weight?”
Even if they say so, they may actually feel secure with what they have. They may have doubts about what will happen when they lose weight and are actually frightened about it. Inwardly, they might feel as if losing weight will expose them. So even if they say they are doing everything to lose weight, they do not control their diet, neglect to exercise, and keep making excuses.
Here’s another example. A huge number of individuals fail to show up for interviews, including those that are offered highly desirable positions. They may have valid reasons, but their subconscious might have created these situations. Perhaps a stay-at-home-mom decides she needs to return to the workforce to earn money for her family.
What she really wants is to stay home with her children, but she feels obligated to get a job outside the home. So instead of applying for the perfect position, she applies for jobs that she knows she’s not qualified for, or jobs that require hours incompatible with her family’s schedule so she has to turn down the job if it’s offered. Subconsciously, that’s her way of ensuring she won’t have to leave home, and at least she can say she “tried” to get a job.
These people might have the subconscious belief that they do not deserve the outcome mainly because they are concerned about how others will perceive when the new status quo is achieved. What they do is to unknowingly act such that they end up failing.
Self-sabotage is unconsciously done and even the saboteur does not know that he is just fooling himself. The doubt and uncertainty in their mind makes them do certain things that would ensure failure instead of success. Outwardly, they claim that they have done their best but luck is not on their side.
Does this describe your own behaviors in the past? Have you been your own saboteur and how many times did this happen? If you are not achieving your goals even if you are doing everything you think you are capable of then, think on it.
The good news is that we can overcome this self-destructive behavior. The first and most crucial step is to learn to recognize that it is happening. We can do this by developing the skill to be consciously aware of our emotions, thoughts, and actions.
What you can do not is sit down and look back at the past setbacks that prevented you from achieving your objectives. Could you have avoided all those obstacles? If there are too many things that came up to prevent you from succeeding then you might have unconsciously committed self-sabotage.
A great way to get in touch with your subconscious mind is by spending time in quiet meditation. When you start doing meditation, you can ask yourself what your fears and uncertainties are.
When you are aware of the discomfort and reservations that you have about a certain goal, write them down. Using a journal to write these questions and answers can help, because writing can help you to connect with the deepest part of yourself. It might take time and practice, but exploring these possibilities can dramatically help you to get out of the self-sabotage rut.
When we finally understand that we are in control of our own success, we will be set free from all limitations! Once you achieve clarity then you can focus your energy on more productive activities and finally end the cycle of self- destruction.