Procrastination will usually show up whenever you want to make changes in your life.
Have you been thinking about changing your job for years but still haven’t done anything? Are you wondering if you should go back to school and can’t make up your mind? Are you thinking about starting your own business but haven’t taken the steps?
The most important thing to understand with procrastination is that it is not the problem itself..
If you want to overcome procrastination it’s important that you go deeper and address the root cause of it –> the FEAR… Dun-dun-dunnn!!
What fears are at the root of procrastination? It’s different for everyone but you could be afraid of letting people down if you make the ‘wrong’ choice, or you might be worried about what other people will say if you fail.
Maybe you are afraid of being embarrassed and looking silly if it doesn’t work out. Also, worrying that you don’t measure up to others could keep you stuck in procrastination.
Hey, there’s no shame in feeling this way… You would be surprised at how many people actually do.
If you are feeling frustrated that you are stuck – I have a great solution for you! So grab your pen and paper and let’s get started on…
How NOT to Get Stuck in Procrastination:
Write out what it is that you are sitting on the fence on that you can’t stop thinking about. Where do you feel stuck and want to take action on? Do you want to leave your job, go traveling, sign up for that course, or start your own business? Pick one thing and write it down.
Write out everything that you are worried about happening and/or not happening as a result of taking action on that one thing. What are you worried about happening if you take action on it? What are you worried about not happening if you take action on it? Brainstorm and identify all of the things you are worried about coming true…
(Please don’t skip out on this step; it’s the most important one!)
Review your answers in Step 1 and Step 2, and now ask yourself, “Which would I rather?” Would you rather pursue the thing you are procrastinating on or let the fears of the unknown prevent you from taking action? Sit quietly, close your eyes and notice how your body feels when you ask yourself this question. Journal afterwards on what you felt, decided or noticed.
Here’s the thing, it’s a choice and obviously I want you to pursue the thing you are procrastinating on but you must decide that for yourself. At least, your decision will be a conscious one and conscious choices are wayyyy better than unconscious ones.
Assuming you have decided that what you want is more important than your fears the next step is to write out every little action step you can think of that would move you forward. For example, writing an email, making that phone call, scheduling that appointment, carving out time each day to do research – whatever you can think of write it out.
Once you realize that procrastination is just a symptom of fear, it becomes way easier to overcome it because you will be addressing the root cause directly.
Now that you have this list, please take one simple action today. It can be small like writing an email, buying a journal or big like telling someone about your goal, setting up that appointment… Any action will do as long as it will take you in the direction of your goal.
Now I’d love to hear from you! Is there something that you have been procrastinating on that you are ready to take action on? Do you have any great tips on how to follow through on your goals? Please share your story by commenting below and let us know what you are doing right now to overcome feeling stuck.