Let me guess.
You are brilliant and have many ideas that could make you money and help you to fulfill your dreams, but when you start doing something, you rarely finish it.
Chances are you often become fired up by perceived outcomes only to end up not taking any action towards fulfilling your purpose because you feel overwhelmed.
You wonder, what’s going wrong – perhaps maybe because you’re not self-disciplined enough.
You set up a task and decide to follow time management. Still, you can’t get anything done.
Think about it.
I bet you know what I mean; once you hit a certain point, you can’t make yourself work anymore.
You can’t force yourself to do a major task or change some habit because you hate anxiety and pressure.
So, you try to figure it out all at once. Could it be that there’s just not enough time to find inspiration and complete those important tasks?
The Mistake People Make About Procrastination
Can I be straight with you for a moment?
You’ll never have enough time in your life to change these things. Ever!
And it’s not just you; this applies to everyone, even successful people.
Most people think, procrastinating is about time management, they say you can get anything done if you manage your time effectively.
It’s not true!
Procrastination is not just about time management, it happens in every sphere of life.
First, you have to understand procrastination.
What Procrastination Really Is
There has been a lot of misunderstanding when it comes to procrastination as well as time management.
You’ve heard it many times, “to stop procrastinating, use your time efficiently and you will get things done.”
But it goes beyond that.
Procrastination is simply knowing the right thing to do, but never being able to do it.
For someone that drinks a lot of alcohol, procrastination might be trying to become sober, but never being able to.
For an accountant, it might be, not being able to maintain their account.
For a blogger, it might be the failure to do the background task and keeping their weekly blog updated.
Consider someone who’s trying to stop an addictive behavior, but has never been able to do it with time.
If he’s to do it efficiently and change the behavior, he will need more than just time.
If you are struggling to stop procrastinating, it’s not because you need to use your time efficiently. It’s also not that there’s something wrong with you, or you don’t have enough willpower; it’s just that you’re not mentally prepared enough for the task you’ve created for yourself.
The solution is to strengthen your mind.
And this post is your training regimen.
To end procrastination forever and build a fulfilling career, these are things you need to do to train your mind for success.
1. Recognize your pain and pleasure
Here’s the deal.
You see, the secret of ending procrastination is to recognize your pain and pleasure in whatever you’re trying to get done.
Most people are overwhelmed because of the pain during the process of working on an individual task and will often end up ignoring the task because they lack the long-term vision that excites them and carries them through the tough times.
They concentrate too much on the pain and forget the pleasure.
To reach your goals quickly, start by setting a task and then highlight the reward that follows the task.
The reward of keeping your weekly blog up to date will be quickly building an engaging audience that is always ready to listen to you and buy from you.
Maybe your goal is to change a habit or work hard on your project; always set a reward that will motivate you through to completing the project and keep you engaged while working on that particular task.
Think, what will I achieve if I get this done right now? Go for it, remember the time is now.
2. Stay True To Your Decision
“It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.” – Tony Robbins
The best way to train your mind for success and to get things done is to make a decision and stay with it through to the end.
Think about it. How many decisions have you made and stayed true to?
Chances are, you have made a decision to achieve a certain milestone, but soon enough you lose your vigor and your attention drifts in and out of the inane dialogue in your head.
But the ugly truth is……
Successful people do have something valuable that quickly paves the road to their success, and that’s staying true to their decision.
Perhaps it’s time to activate this drive in your life. Start by making a single decision that could enhance your life every day and stay true to it.
Little by little you will be learning to thrive without forcing yourself.
Okay! You’ve got it! Now, let’s talk about creating awareness.
3. Create Awareness
“I must work the works of him that sent me while it is the day: the night cometh when no man can work.” – Jesus Christ
Start by finding some quiet time and reflect on the reasons why you procrastinate, what are the habits and thought processes that lead you to procrastinate? Write them down, then list only what you can commit to and complete.
Once you write it down, always follow through no matter what; by doing that you will be rebuilding the trust in yourself and you will start getting things done with results that will make you feel proud again.
4. Believe In Yourself
Be confident in yourself and believe you’re doing the right thing and keep moving forward even if you’re not seeing any meaningful reward right now.
Think of the bamboo tree, it grows under the soil for a long time, you can’t see any results happening in nearly a year.
But the plant’s definitely not dead or even dormant. A whole lot has happened under the surface. It’s building its root structure far below the ground. Then, one day, all the underground work is done.
Suddenly the shoot pops up, a full-width stalk, and the tree starts growing at an insane rate of several inches to as much as a foot a day.
This should be similar to the kind of growth you will experience; you might have months or even years, where it feels like nothing is happening.
Then suddenly, you’ll take off, as if it’s an explosion!
So you can’t let yourself get stuck, you must believe you can power through it.
Success breeds success.
Once you start experiencing the small wins every day you’ll be hooked, you’ll want more.
To end procrastination, recognize your pain and pleasure, stay true to your decisions, be aware of things that slow you down, and believe in yourself.
Then you’ll be making progress every day and finally living your dream.
So get started today. Your future is waiting for you.
About the Author
Cephas Tope is on a life mission to help you live a life of freedom and value, download his Cheat Sheet On The Three Rules To Living A Successful And Fulfilled Life