What many think, is that they’re capable of reaching their peak, the upper ceiling of their potential. So they put in the schooling and the dedication, invest in the belief that they’ll reach their goals, becoming unbreakable. Their positive attitude becomes immune, activated and energized to take on any challenge.
That is, until the shine, the luster begins to wear off and reality sets in. That you realize you need to start, to work, that the cost is blood sweat and tears, that you need to begin from ground zero.
We’re all familiar with that feeling. Our initial inspiration and motivation begins to dwindle, especially once life confronts us, and begins to demand more of our time.
Slowly but surely, that little voice of negativity begins to feed your mind, desperately attempting to lead you astray, to take you off course.
Procrastination begins to throw you every excuse in the book, thinking it’s for your own good, to keep you safe and comfortable. So how can you break free, ignore that gnawing voice and keep striving towards your destiny.
1. – Create A Detailed Plan
Write down on paper by hand, your daily, weekly, and monthly goals. Make them reasonable. Post it somewhere, so you can see it multiple times a day. It’s one thing to have a goal, but what you need, is a doable road map on how to get there.
The more detailed, the more specific that the daily steps are the better. What a plan does, is it eliminates the “I don’t know what I need to do today,” excuse.
What you need to do today, is written there right in front of you. You don’t need to think about what or why, or how you feel about doing it. Just buckle down, and follow the plan.
2. – Be As Accountable As Possible
What you need, is to create accountability in your life. What procrastination doesn’t like, is you to be accountable, this because what you’re resisting, is letting others or yourself down.
The first and easiest person that you can disappoint, is you. So have a reason, a set of rules to keep yourself motivated.
Schedule all of the work tasks you need to do, the classes to attend, your daily workouts. Make it extremely difficult, for you to wiggle your way out of them.
3. – Just Start Doing It
Stop thinking about what you need to do, and just begin doing it. Expect to make mistakes. The longer that you sit and procrastinate, wait for that motivation to kick in, the more frustrated you become.
Just starting is the hardest part, and you can easily discourage yourself by going around in circles attempting to avoid it.
Once you do begin, the thought of skipping out or quitting becomes secondary, as the adrenaline kicks in. You’ll then be happy and extremely proud of yourself, that you didn’t quit.
4. – Just Let It Go
Never beat yourself up, as everyone has their bad days when things don’t go right. Feeling guilt or shame has never gotten anyone anywhere quick, although you’d like to think it can.
What the beast that is procrastination loves, is to take advantage of your vulnerability, and will pounce hard on your fragile state of mind. It fuels itself, on all those negative thoughts which festers.
Think back to what led you to give in, and then have a plan the next time, by combating and regrouping for a better solution. What we all have, is that classic battle of “fight-or-flight” within us, that we need to overcome.
5. – Always Be Positive Remain Focused
What we’re all boxed into, is a 24 hour day. So don’t fall for the, “I can do everything” mentality, as it rarely works. The most successful of individuals, are those who have strict focus on which tasks to do.
So make sure, that you follow the one action that you’ve committed yourself to, until it’s done. What this means, is you’ll have to say “no” to some things. By doing so, you’ll get your priorities finished.
6. – Always Reward Yourself
Develop a reward system, once you do complete a task. What we all need at times are rewards, a treat, to keep us in line and motivated. So decide what it is that you want, but will normally pass up.
Choose something that feels like a special reward for you, but make sure that it’s healthy yet tasty, if it’s food. Be disciplined, and dangle it in front of you as incentive.
7. – Resources And Tools
Make sure, that you have all the proper tools in place, which helps you measure your progress. Things that will gauge and track your success.
Once you begin seeing progress and results, you’ll then gain momentum along with feeling a renewed sense of motivation.
8. – Know “Why” And Then Do It
Always be connecting with the why, what it is that resonates about reaching that goal. Why is it important to accomplish it. Neglecting the reasons “why,” becomes a common mistake, as procrastination steps in.
What procrastination preys on, is feeding off this lack of purpose, not having a valid reason on doing something. So what you need, is to combat this with a valid reason.
9. – Enjoy The Process “Just Do It”
It’s a famous cliché, because it’s true. Find joy, when you’re struggling or suffering. Learn from the lessons which are exposed along the way, and then connect them with your life, constantly building on tomorrow.
As any overachieving business person or athlete will tell you, although completing their goals gives them confidence and satisfaction, it’s surviving and thriving through the process, which gives them character.
Once you arm yourself this way, the visits from the beast within that is procrastination, will begin to dissipate.