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The Secret to Overcoming Procrastination

Robert Anthony 12-17

The Secret to Overcoming ProcrastinationWhy do you procrastinate?

Why don't you do the things you want to do?

Why do you have great dreams, but don't take massive action to make them come true?

The answer lies in Newton's first law of physics: "For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction"

Let me explain:

Let's say you want something, whatever that 'something' is. Let's call it 'success' to keep it simple.

The bottom line is this: if you want success, and you want it more than anything else in the world, you will get it.

However, if you want to run away from your fears to a safe place, a place you feel secure, that means you want security MORE than you want the success. This is why you don't achieve those great dreams.

The excuses or 'reasons' will ultimately sound like:

 

  • "I'm not smart enough"
  • "I don't have the money"
  • "I don't deserve more than I already have."
  • "I don't have enough education"
  • "I don't have the qualifications to do this"

 

All of these excuses are what keep us from our dreams. The way to discover what we are hiding from ourselves is to learn to ask the right questions.

We KNOW all the answers. The problem is that we don't ask the right questions. Here are two questions you can use in almost any quandary:

 

  1. "What is the BENEFIT I gain by not realizing my dreams?" or "What am I getting by not realizing my dreams?"

 

Trust me; you ARE getting a benefit or a PAYOFF for not realizing your dreams and you must discover what that benefit is in order to eliminate it.

One of the most common hidden benefits is that you get to stay in your comfort zone. Even if we are unhappy where we are, many times, we have convinced ourselves that going after what we want is more difficult and more painful than staying where we are. We may be miserable, but at least we are comfortable.

 

  1. The second question is: "What am I afraid will happen if I...................... (fill in the blank with the dream)

 

This encompasses the changes in lifestyle we will have to make in order to achieve our dreams. This includes what we thing other people will think.

In order to have the success you want and deserve, you must answer and resolve these two simple questions.

Okay, so what do you do now?

First, turn off the phone, TV, stereo, and all other distractions. Then get a pen and paper and write at the top of the page:

"The benefits of NOT realizing my dreams are:"

List a minimum of 20. If you can't 'think' of any, then just 'guess' and write them down. About the time you reach 10-15, you subconscious mind will take over. Write anything that comes to mind, no matter how trivial or insignificant.

Just allow your mind to wander and go where it takes you. Get as specific as possible.

Very few get past this point before they have some very interesting answers come up.

Now ask yourself how your fear or procrastination has served you thus far. Realize the fear is there for a specific purpose. Find the purpose and ask yourself if it still serves you to have this fear. Perhaps it is time to let go of your fear and stop procrastinating once and for all.

When you have lost the need for the fear, you will just naturally let it go (if you are ready to do so).

And when you let it go, you will be free to move toward the things you say you want----and you'll do it with ease and joy.

Are you ready to stop procrastinating or are you going to put if off a little longer? The choice is yours.

In life you can only have two things - Reasons or Results - and Reasons don't count! You either have what you want, or you have 'reasons' why you don't have it.

Procrastination is a disease. The cure is convincing yourself that it no longer serves you.

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