I know that at the end of each year, millions of people resolve to do better next year. The problem is, resolve means steadfastness, and we let many things get in the way of that resolve. Procrastination has become our safety net, trust me I know.
But what if we traded in that safety net, for true results? What would happen?
We’d actually get things done. We’d stop listening to fear and self-doubt. We’d have to be accountable. Ack. Those things by themselves are scary. Scary feet. Scary feet. Scary feet. <<< Sully would approve of you being scared.
Unfortunately, if you are reading this, we have hit the grown up stage and the responsibilities that come with that are often too much for us in our heads, so we fall back on fear. I understand. I have been there many times. So what changed for me?
3 tips to overcome procrastination:
- Create clearly defined goals…and then look to see if you can break them down even further. In my new online community, I was talking about how to really get clear on what you want and then step back and see if it can be even more clear. After we have created these crystal clear steps to your end result, make sure you know how realistic they are. For example, one goal might be making more money. Okay, so how much? If you are on the path to millions, is that realistic right this very minute? Maybe you can have a goal to make $100 more this pay period. At the end of the year, you can have your big goal of making x amount of dollars. Try not to write out that your goal is to get to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
- Minimize the path to distractions…engage in community support. As I was on the path to wellness, the community around me was not very supportive. I had to change my focus as many of you have heard me say time and time again. It actually became my most popular quote and my tag line, but I truly believe “Surround yourself with what you want to become.” << Okay, my original quote was a bit longer, but of course, I will put it at the end for you. But let’s think about your distractions. Write them out if you have to. Map out your pitfalls like you are Indiana Freaking Jones and this is the Temple of Doom. Write out snakes, those might be the people trying to bring you down. “Why’d it have to be snakes?” And then the booby traps, that might be the triple chocolate cake your friend ordered right in front of you. The nerve. Then what is going to save you from the pit? Who or what is your rope vine that comes right as you need it? Support. Find that group of people who will be there for you.
- Get to a safe environment…whew. After you have made it out of distraction zone, what are you going to do next? Sticky notes. I didn’t invent them though, but I use them. So here are a few ways to help yourself with notes. Get your planner ready and write in what you need to do. Clean your desk area into one that is organized and less “Pig Pen” like. Physically remove old to-do lists. Streamline your tasks into today and by the end of today. Don’t look at the overall month right now…that can be your future log. Make certain you are holding yourself accountable or use the S.O.S. option if you are in my closed group. <<< that’s where you get to ask me for help on 1 specific thing before Thursday of each week. It might show up as a blog post. You never know:)
I really believe in you! If I can do this, I know you can. See the previous article called You Can Get Through This, because life is not a race. It’s a journey, and we are all trying to get through it the best we know how.
Here is your reminder, from me. With much love: