“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” – Abraham Lincoln
I would like to say that I used to be, but know I still feel at times I am, the Queen of Procrastination when writing for success, and I can’t say I’ve completely hung up the crown quite yet.
What is Procrastination?
Procrastination is the practice of carrying out less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones, or doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, and thus putting off impending tasks to a later time, sometimes to the “last minute” before a deadline. Oh man, am I good at that!
Why Do People Procrastinate?
Why do people procrastinate? Laziness is not the main reason people procrastinate. I believe in my case, with this blog, it all has to do with self confidence. For many years, I was put down and ridiculed because of my size and my non-mainstream thoughts, feelings and beliefs.
As I grew older, I was told by teachers and professors that I was creative with some unique ideas and an ability to write with flair. Somehow the latter seemed to go in one ear and out the other. I suppose that is because the ridicule came first and lasted the longest, having lived with it for many years.
So the procrastination concerning writing is not because I do not enjoy writing and sharing thoughts and beliefs, but because of feeling the old fears of ridicule, rejection and failure.
Fears of Ridicule and Rejection
The most common fears that we experience, which often sabotage all hope for success, are the fears of ridicule, rejection and failure. People fear ridicule, rejection and criticism of any kind. These fears can hold us back throughout our lives if we let them.
What Do You Do To Deal With Procrastination?
What Shonda Rhimes has said, with a few extra thoughts of my own interspersed…..Open your eyes, take a good look around you. Look at your life. How’s the view? Do you like what you see? Have you been missing out on everything in your life? Do you keep putting off what you could accomplish and share with the world?
Think back to when you were little. Are you living the life you pictured for yourself, or are you thinking of something even bigger? Do you wish it was something bigger? If it’s not working, quit whining to yourself about what it could be. Shut up and fix it! Open up your heart and mind, share it with the world! What you have to say is important. There is nothing more important for you than to become really good at the art and science of expressing yourself in words to other people. Make a difference!
The Law of Reversibility says that “if you feel a certain way, you will act in a manner consistent with that feeling.” However, if you act in a way that is consistent with that feeling, even if you don’t feel it, the Law of Reversibility will create the feeling that is consistent with your actions.
In the social sciences it’s said that it takes approximately 21 days to form a new habit. That’s true for the most part, especially if you are trying to create that habit through a rigid structure of logical self discipline. There are other ways which utilize the power of the subconscious so it starts working for you and your goals, which in my case is confidence and courage.
Creative Visualization To See Yourself as Unafraid
Creative visualization is a technique in which you use your imagination to create what you want in your life. With creative visualization, you use your imagination to create a clear image, idea, or feeling of what it is you wish to manifest. You continue to focus on the image, idea or feeling regularly, giving it positive energy until it becomes objective reality … in other words, until you actually achieve what you have been imagining. By visualizing yourself acting, speaking and writing with confidence and competence in an area where you are fearful, your visual image will eventually be accepted by your subconscious mind. The way you see yourself and think about yourself, is eventually altered by visualizing these positive mental pictures.
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Hypnotism for Dealing with Fear & Procrastination
Hypnosis is used to utilize a person’s subconscious to enable them to create new habits or behaviors and change their perspective on life. If you internalize a new view of yourself, you automatically change your behavior to line up with this new perspective.
How you view yourself is largely an automatic process controlled by the subconscious. If you can change that, then creating new habits becomes much easier for you.
Your conscious mind doesn’t like change and will want to talk you out of changing. If you can get those suggestions into your subconscious mind without the judgements of the conscious mind, you can change from being a procrastinator to being a successful achiever.
Hypnosis is stronger than willpower because it put the suggestions straight into your subconscious. By the time your conscious mind is aware of the suggestions, they will have been accepted by your subconscious already, so the judgmental self talk by the conscious mind will not be an issue.
Hypnosis is an effective and lasting way to overcome procrastination. If you are unable to go to a hypnotist, Dr. Steven G. Jones has some excellent audios for self hypnosis. His self hypnosis audio to alleviate procrastination can be found here.