Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Procrastination - What exactly is holding you back?

Unfortunately, many people find themselves procrastinating almost on a daily basis. If you've ever taken a moment to think about what exactly it is that you procrastinate, it is probably only a few dreaded activities. Those few activities that you procrastinate are the ones that often require the most thinking, effort, or putting yourself out for potential rejection. When you put off those ultimately very important tasks, it makes it hard for the law of attraction to work in your favor. Here are some suggestions as to why we procrastinate and what you can do to overcome it!

Procrastination sends mix signals that you may not want to attain your goals as badly as you claim. When you allow this bad habit to keep you from doing the things in your life which will get you closer to your goals, your vibrations become misaligned with what you are intending. You will not attain a life of happiness and abundance through procrastination.

If you allow procrastination to take over your daily actions, you will be vastly limited in achieving your goals. It is easy to beat yourself up after allowing procrastination to keep you from taking goal-reaching actions. I'm not saying it will be easy to overcome procrastination, but it is necessary to align your vibrations with your intentions for your life.

The first thing you must realize when trying to overcome procrastination, is that it usually stems from underlying fears or resistance of some kind. Commonly, people doubt their abilities to do something, or fear rejection and possibly failure. You must overcome those fears and doubts to push aside procrastination. You may not even be consciously aware of certain doubts or fears, but you can bet that if you are procrastinating a task there is a fear or doubt lingering somewhere nearby.

Here is an example.

Many people often procrastinate calling back sales leads. Some get so worked up that the thought of picking up the phone literally puts them in a cold sweat. They convince themselves of how bad it is to call people back and procrastinate the inevitable. These people are afraid of rejection, doubt their own abilities, and may dread someone being mean to them on the phone. Allowing their underlying fears to take over, these people imagine the worst possible scenario before they even pick up the receiver.

In response to these fears, they procrastinate.

To overcome procrastination, these people need to learn to step back, take a breath and remind themselves that millions of people make sales every day. They have to put into perspective that calling back leads is the most important aspect of their job. No amount of paperwork, or office organization will be as productive as simply talking to people on the phone. What they must realize is that chances are they are just as good if not better than any other business person talking on the phone. It is all about self-esteem. Imagine how great you will feel after making that call and having a positive outcome.

The reflection that you are just as good at the task which you are procrastinating as anyone else helps you to move past this limiting habit. When procrastination becomes a thing of the past, your vibrations will be back in line with what you are intending and the law of attraction will be able to work in your life. So if you find yourself procrastinating around a certain task, take a minute to listen to yourself and tune into what is going on in your mind. Find the underlying feeling or emotion and then change it to something positive. You will feel much less limited by these doubts and fears and replace them with productive action.

Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.