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What’s the deal with procrastination? We all do it at one time or another don’t we.
What sort of tasks are you currently avoiding?
So what is at the heart of procrastination? Let’s think about it. Consider the tasks that you currently have on your list that you seem to keep putting off. Are they tasks that you want to do or that you feel you SHOULD do? More often than not, things we put off are things we feel we should or must do.
So what causes delay? If we know that action creates the results that we desire, why do we delay things?Procrastination can also be referred to as delay. Delay is being afraid, worrying, getting stressed, feeling tense, uncertain. Action is certainty.
Some possible reasons for procrastination can include:
"Behind every behaviour there is always a positive intention"
Consider that sentence for a moment.
When we avoid discomfort it is because we seek comfort. When we avoid things out of fear it is because we seek safety. Acknowledging our responsibility in the situation gives us power to take back the reigns and realise that we do have control over how we feel.
Fear often prevents us from moving forward. This fear may stem from many causes. These may include:
Our own limiting beliefs or judgments can hold us back from being in action. We often don’t even realise we hold these beliefs. Examples of limiting beliefs might include:
Lack of Commitment
When we lack commitment to doing something we just don’t. Have you ever said to yourself, “Tomorrow I am going to join the gym.” Or “Tomorrow I am going to start my diet.” Yet it never happens. If we are not committed to joining the gym then we won’t achieve the first action step to doing it. If we prefer lying on the couch eating ice cream we will prioritise that over starting our diet.
Remember, behind every behaviour (even the behaviour of inaction) there is always a positive intention.
So how do we gain commitment?
First we need to look at the reason we established the goal in the first place. Perhaps for some reason we believe going to the gym should be our goal. We see others achieving it, we know it is good for us, we feel it would be the right thing to do. But do we really want to?
What to do when you feel stuck
Sometimes asking yourself the following questions can assist you to get moving:
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