Wellness

Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done

If the hardest part about changing a bad habit into a good one is admitting that you have a problem, then the second hardest part is staying focused on your objectives. Life has a tendency to get in the way of our intentions and it’s easy to become distracted or fall back into our bad behavior.

It’s also very easy to say that you want to affect positive change in the abstract, but continually put off acting on that goal. This type of procrastination can add months or even years to your achieving your objective. It may even derail your habit-breaking process altogether.

The Consequences of Procrastination

Procrastination is just one more excuse that people use to avoid doing the hard work of achieving their objectives. In the same way that nobody else is responsible for your bad habits – you own them and it’s up to you to resolve them – putting off the inevitable is just another way of shirking responsibility.

When you procrastinate (“I’ll start next week” or “I’m not ready yet”), you are only cheating yourself. You may have all the motivation in the world to change your life, but without direct and immediate action, you will never achieve your overall objectives.

Power Goals

Often, procrastination is a problem because people think about the big issues rather than break them down into smaller, more doable steps. It’s like the old saying goes: How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!

When you think, “Oh, my goodness, I have to stop drinking” or “I can’t believe I have so much debt to pay off” or whatever your bad habit, it can be daunting. But by breaking your goals into a series of easier steps and arranging them into a timed sequence of events, you can affect positive change without having to slay all of your demons at once.

Motivation and Enthusiasm

It’s helpful to have motivation to keep you on your path. This can be either internal or external motivation.

Internal motivation is things you do to support your decision to make changes in your life, such as reinforcing positive behavior with rewards or posting inspirational messages in places where you will see them frequently.

Be creative. For example, if your goal is to lose weight, find a photo of yourself at your fattest, have it blown up and tape it to the door of your refrigerator. This will cause you to think twice when you sneak into the kitchen for a late night snack.

External motivation is when other people encourage and support you to succeed. These can be loved ones and friends, professionals like therapists and life coaches, and even experts who have written books or produced videos that inspire you.

The more internal and external motivation you use to keep you on your chosen path, the more enthusiastic you will become about your journey and the more likely you will be to succeed and achieve your Power Goals.

Although you might consider the advice of your coaches and instructors to be common sense, it is possible that your goals are outside the realm of your current level of knowledge. If this is the case, you will need to ask yourself: What do I know that is specific and helpful to me to keep me going?

If you have to think hard to come up with a few things to keep you on the right track, you have a lot more work to do before you can begin to implement your healthy habit changes into your life.

The Easier You Are to Motivate, the Better You Will Be to Stick to Your Goals

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