How to Overcome Procrastination in 2012 and Beyond

Welcome back to the current issue of the Law of Attraction Key Newsletter!

I want to talk about something in this issue that is responsible for so many stalled lives, so many setbacks, so much mediocrity and settling for ‘less than’ what you could have.

This thing kills confidence, self-esteem and momentum and we ALL struggle with it. I’m serious; no one is immune to it…

So what is it?

Procrastination!

We’ve talked about it before – and I’m sure this won’t be the last time; procrastination is one of those things that we all need to address from time to time – especially around this time of year.

Listen, I think it’s really easy to look at successful, go-getters and people who seem to really make things happen all the time – and think that they don’t deal with procrastination…that for some reason, they drew the lucky “No procrastination” card when they were born…

That couldn’t be further from the truth.  The only difference is that they have learned how to handle procrastination when it comes up.

Here’s the truth – there will always be times that you want to procrastinate, especially when your comfort zone is being pushed and change is on the horizon. What is important at these times is that you know you can handle it.

I know we talk about the Universal Laws and Manifesting what you desire, and inspired action is an essential element to manifesting all that you desire. The last thing you want is for procrastination to get you out of the flow, so I’ve asked Vic Johnson join us in this issue, and his article is exactly what you need to overcome procrastination in 2012 and beyond.

I am so excited for all that you are about to learn from this article – you’ll definitely want to read this to the end, and then – take action.

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Ok, let’s get started – I hope you enjoy this issue!

Life Mastery Is Yours!

Kristen

The best way to get something done is to begin.

Author Unknown

 

How to Overcome Procrastination in 2012 and Beyond

by Vic Johnson

If there’s something we all struggle with, it’s not starting a new project. And it’s definitely not setting goals.

It’s following through on these efforts the whole way: beginning, middle, and (most importantly) end. And while we might feel motivated one day, feeling just as motivated the next day is tough. In the end, we give up on our goals before our efforts really got off the ground.

Where does lasting motivation come from? How can we find that “spark” of inspiration that pushes us through obstacles to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? How do we ignore negative emotions and let the positive influence us?

Follow these ten tips and you’re sure to find the answer.

1. Start by writing your goals down.

What if I were to tell you that there is a scientifically proven way to increase your chances of reaching your goals – and it only takes a few moments of your time at the very beginning of your new project?

You’d likely tell me to take my magic beans and sell them elsewhere.  But there is indeed a study performed by Dominican University (not Yale, as self-help urban legend states) that showed that writing down one’s goals does indeed increase your ability to reach them.

2. Make a plan to achieve your goal.

It’s one thing to write down your goal. It’s another thing entirely to create a plan to achieve it.

Dwight Eisenhower said that “plans are worthless, but planning is everything.” As a general in World War II, he knew that war was often chaotic and that his best-laid plans would quickly be turned on their head in the unpredictability of battle. But without initial planning, no battles could even be won.

But to make sure your plans don’t get out of hand, be sure to follow our next tip:

3. Begin a new daily routine – even if it’s small.

Early on, you’ll be tempted to spend 6 hours a day on your goal, working feverishly to accomplish amazing things. But you’re more likely to stick a routine if it’s not a drag on you. That’s why it’s okay to start off small. Don’t think you have to exercise 3 hours a day – start with just a half hour. A routine that’s manageable will be much more likely to succeed.

4. Tell people about your new goals.

Making your goals public is a great way of staying accountable – an excellent deterrent for cheating if there ever was one. We have a social instinct that tells us we should keep our habits consistent, and telling people about our new goals (and then quickly following through on them) takes advantage of this fact.

You don’t have to provide constant updates on Facebook – but try making your goal public and seeing how accountable and motivated you feel afterwards.

One word of caution: don’t share your goals with critical people. You know the ones in your life who have criticized you before or who by nature are critical. Remember the biblical exhortation, “Do not cast your pearls before swine.”

5. Picture yourself already having the goal accomplished.

When you first start a new endeavor – whether it’s weight loss, earning more money, or getting an A on your final exam – the early days can be tough because you don’t see the immediate rewards for your results.

Buy yourself the shirt or dress you want to fit in to. Picture yourself wearing it, and enjoy that feeling now. Why put a time delay on happiness?

6. Don’t let failures become catastrophic.

Let’s face it – no one’s disciplined enough to never fail at their habits. We cheat on our diets and we skip the gym. But if you let one failure define your overall effort, then you run the risk of letting your entire goal fall by the wayside. Instead, focus your efforts quickly and regroup.

Don’t try to work harder tomorrow to overcome the failures today because you might burn out. Instead, focus on maintaining your daily habit. If you followed tip #2, that habit will be just as manageable as always.

7. Don’t let it become too easy.

At this point, you may find that your daily routine is not as challenging as it once was. Remembering what Dwight Eisenhower said, it’s time to re-do your plans and get back to challenging yourself again.

If your goal was to get fit and start running a mile every day, maybe after three months that mile has become too easy. What can you do? You can make it harder. Run farther. Run faster. Challenge yourself to a better mile time.

8. Enjoy, but ultimately ignore, your early victories.

Let’s say your goal is to go from a size ten to a size six. That’s a great goal – clearly definable.

But you might be tempted to give up not because it’s too hard, but because you’ve achieved some of your goal. Stop your daily routine now and you may slip back to your old habits.

Don’t do that. Enjoy being a size 8, but remember what you wrote down.

9. Reward yourself.

One of the best ways to follow through with a goal until the end is to reward yourself once the goal is achieved. A dieter’s “cheat day” is a great way to do this. Continually reward yourself when you’ve maintained strong discipline and you’ll be amazed at how easy the “tough” days start to be.

10. Set new goals.

Following these tips, you’ll eventually find that you come to a new place: you’ve achieved your goals! It will feel great, but you might eventually ask yourself “what now?” Now it’s time to challenge yourself to greater things. Earn more money next year. Add some muscle to your newly-svelte frame. The options are unlimited – but you won’t get to enjoy the fruits of your labor unless you get back to work again.

For one of the best cures ever developed for procrastination check out this program
with the legendary
Bob Proctor and Jim Rohn…

If you’re ready to tackle new endeavors and reach goals you never thought attainable, it’s time to take action. Print this article out and post it on your wall, and then ask yourself: what have my plans been missing?

Quick Tip Look Who’s Talking…
When you find yourself procrastinating on something for longer than 1 month, ask yourself this question…“Will doing this move me toward my desires?”If the answer is “Yes” – follow Vic’s steps to break it down and you will finally achieve it!If the answer is “No”, it’s time to evaluate if it really needs to be done.I’ve done this exercise with people who have been able to take things off their “to do list” that had been there for months. Think about it, if you haven’t done something in a month or more without negative repercussions then perhaps doing it won’t add value to your life.IMPORTANT: negative repercussions can be emotional (as in they make you feel badly about yourself), financial, physical, spiritual etc.

Thanks to the coach! After going through the steps to attract what you want, I quickly started the building of the house of my dreams with about 5% of the total funds I needed.

Do you know what?

The project is progressing!

Before now I have been procrastinating on this project but I have started and let go. Thanks.

Kalu


2 Responses to “How to Overcome Procrastination in 2012 and Beyond”

  1. Tom Gabriel says:

    Great thoughts on the subject, and they stimulate more thinking on the how and why of procrastination, or “putting things off”, which is a rather meaningful phrase if you think about it. When putting things off isn’t just the expression of a lazy attitude or mood (and who doesn’t fall prey to those from time to time), I think it’s a symptom of something that has almost become a plague in our modern culture–denial. If you put it off, you don’t have to face your fears or conflicting emotions about whatever it is. You don’t have to face up to the challenge of doing something significant (if only to yourself), and certainly you don’t have to face up to the fear of failure if you don’t make it. These and a lot of other issues don’t have to be faced at all if we put things off, and put them off again, and repeat this until we don’t even think about them anymore. Then it’s “out of the way”, right? Yes–and so are all the positive potentials of the victory that might have been won if we’d faced our issues in the first place! (By the way, my familiarity with this comes from personal experience, so no assumptions here that I’m some master speaking from on high.) Always good to read your thoughts, Kristen!

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