Five reasons why you procrastinate and how to over come them.
Putting off the things you need to do affects your confidence. Procrastinating is a silent confidence destroyer.
The best thing to do with procrastination is to put it off ~ Tony Robbins
As a hypnotherapist and coach I help my clients overcome one of the biggest success stoppers “procrastination.” Why do you procrastinate when in reality you want to take action to achieve your results?
Here are five reasons why you procrastinate and what you can do to change them.
1. Not believing your worthy
What you desire to accomplish on a conscious level may not be in alignment with your subconscious programming. When you believe you’re not deserving of your results, then procrastinating is one of the many ways your subconscious mind keeps you stuck.
One of my clients was frustrated because she was not accomplishing what she needed to do on a daily basis to grow her business. Procrastinating had become her daily habit. There was no one physically in her home to distract her but she distracted herself by doing the trivial and mundane.
We discovered that on a subconscious level, she was holding on to a statement her father made when she was a young girl. The statement: “you’re not going to make it.”
I don’t know what her dad meant by that statement, that is not important, what is important is her interpretation: she believed her dad was predicting that she would not be successful and she was making her belief real.Through hypnosis and coaching she replaced the belief with a new empowering belief: she was worthy of the life she had envisioned. Her procrastination was gone.
Become mindful of why you procrastinate. You can do this through meditation, hypnosis, or some other modality that is comfortable for you. If you discover your procrastinating has to do with your subconscious reality … don’t procrastinate, take immediate action to go from procrastinating to doing.
Do you put off doing what you need to do because your energy level is low? You may be lethargic. Lethargy can be caused by poor sleeping habits, unhealthy eating habits, and/or medical reasons.
Make healthy choices for your diet: fruits, vegetable, whole grain etc. Get the sleeping that YOUR body requires, read more about it here and check with your doctor to make sure it’s not a medical issue.
3. Fear of the unknown
One of my girl friends was afraid to take action to end her unhappy relationship. She procrastinated about telling her boyfriend. She procrastinated about taking time to search for her own place to live. Her excuse to me: I know what I have but I don’t know what I am going to get.”
One day she came home and her boyfriend had moved out and he took everything, including the money they had in a a joint account.
Embrace your fear. Ask yourself “what is the worse thing that could happen” and when you have the answer, allow yourself to experience it mentally. Now move forward and do what needs to be done, I guarantee, the unknown is not as scary as you’ve imagined it.
4. Fear of Change
One of my female clients worked as a system analyst and was unhappy with her salary. She had been with the company for 5 years and her salary was not comparable to the industry standards. She discussed this with management, several times. One year later, her salary was still not where it should be.
We agreed that she should look for another job. She was technically brilliant and her skills were in demand. She kept putting it off because she was afraid to change jobs. She was not comfortable with change in any area of her life. To justify procrastinating, she began talking herself into believing that her salary should be acceptable.
FINALLY, she sent out her resume and 3 months later she got a job with the salary she desired.
Follow the NIKE motto “just do it.” Make a list of the things you need to do, take baby steps, and do the easiest thing first. Feel the fear and put off procrastinating for another day. Just do what you know you need to do. You will be glad you did.
You may be procrastinating because you are bored. This malady is an internal expression of your dissatisfaction with your external expectations. You’re looking outwardly for your fulfillment in life.
One of my many mantras to my children when they were younger was “boredom is a subjective state of mind.” I, personally, have never been bored. There is too much to see, learn, contemplate, explore, etc. There was always something to be passionate about.
Whether you lack passion for living in general or more specifically for your job, business, relationships or family life, boredom sets in and that’s the perfect mindset for procrastinating.
Take time to sit quietly and go inward to discover why you are bored:
- Are you living your life on purpose?
- Is your life connected to your core values?
- Are you surrounding yourself with people that you respect and who respect you?
- What do YOU need to change in your life so that you’re FIRED UP when you get up in the mornings.
Answer these questions, take action to change what is not in alignment with your life purpose and your core values. You can read books, articles, watch videos, listen to recordings or invest in a coach or find a mentor. I guarantee, your procrastinating will be gone.
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To the unstoppable you