How to stop procrastinating on your goals
I’ll be blunt: procrastination is opportunity’s assassin - literally.
It is a time suck, time waster and gets you nowhere. If you are committed to making it happen then you need to quit this destructive habit stat.
There are many reasons why we procrastinate but ultimately it comes down to two simple things:
1. Fear of the outcome.
2. There is a lack of desire for the outcome.
I’m going to assume that because you’re here it’s the latter stopping you in your tracks.
So let’s take a closer look at those fears...
- Fear of failure
- Fear of uncertainty
- Fear of being incapable
- Fear of being wrong
- Fear of success
Perfectionists, I’m looking at you!
But the problem with doing nothing is that you are not getting what you want and this ends up being a vicious cycle that’s hard to break.
And the best way to break this cycle?
So today I’m going to give you two super quick hacks you can use next time you find yourself procrastinating - it may be uncomfortable and bring up a whole lot of resistance, but I promise you if you push past these you’re going to skyrocket your success + set yourself free from this trap once and for all!
Hack #1. The 2 minute rule.
Decide to commit to whatever task you need to do for 2 minutes – that’s it. Then, once you’ve started, stretch for another 2 minutes.
Chances are once you start, you will want to keep going as you’ve already started and may even enjoy it!
Hack #2. Honor your future self.
One of the reasons we procrastinate is because it’s easy to. We tell ourselves we have plenty of time, that we can worry about it later and that we’ll be ok in the end.
All of which are true, but the reality is that this often leads to a lot of unnecessary stress when to comes to the crunch and we end up leaving ourselves with limited time to do what we need to get done.
This is when I find the analogy of our future self really helpful.
We have 3 selves – our past self, our present-self and our future-self. Our present-self is the one we need to motivate so that our future-self is lovingly taken care of.
As much as honoring yourself right now and in this moment is important, it’s also imperative to be considerate of your future-self.
When procrastination strikes you're choosing to be be selfish and utterly disregard your future-self – which is also deserving of your love and attention – it’s just easy for it to slip because we’re too busy dealing with the here and now.
Next time you notice yourself procrastinating – ask yourself this: am I honouring and taking care of my future-self?
If the answer is no, then use this as motivation to get you to back on track and kicking those goals!
Your challenge today:
Get used to being uncomfortable - when you’re uncomfortable it’s a sign you’re ready to grow - and growth is good! It means you are moving forward.
Get out of your comfort zone and push yourself to do something you have been putting off or have been too afraid of doing.
I am the architect of my life; I build its foundation and choose its contents.
Onwards and upwards!