Category Archives: Procrastination

Re-framing Our Future- from Apprehension to Hope

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Hopefully, you’ve made great progress and have been able to apply new things you’ve learned about lately.  This is one thing I try to do as I’m in the process of overcoming procrastination in my own life and work.

If you’re like me, you’ll recognize the importance of your thoughts in your daily living.  It’s easy to get caught up in the past (with feelings of regret for the things undone).  The value of doing your best in the present moment is underestimated.

The Future – and a Battle with Apprehension

I’ve noticed that sometimes I procrastinate because I wait for conditions to be “perfect”.

If you have a big project to be done, sometimes it’s difficult to get started.  You could be feeling victimized by a feeling of apprehension.

I like how wiktionary.org defines apprehension as “anticipation, mostly of things unfavorable.”

It’s a good description of apprehension- which for me occurs as I’d get too stressed out over the end result of whatever I’ve tried to accomplish.

Getting my home-based business going has been a challenge.  Rather than working on the things I can control, I’ve gotten “caught up” in the end result.  I’ve found that it starts with “what if” thinking.

You may recognize this (and see how it’s applied to your own circumstances) with a few examples:

“What if I forget a key step in the process of setting up my business?”

“What if I missed something at the beginning that costs me extra time and money?”

“What if I don’t have what it takes to be successful?”

When I start dwelling on “what if” scenarios, it hinders my progress, and I find it difficult to get started on the things I need to do.  In the next section, I’d like to give you a few tips to combat this line of thinking.

The Future From the Perspective of Hope

If you’re an avid reader of personal development books, one piece of advice that’s good to follow is this: to focus upon what you want in life.

I decided to highlight that last phrase, because that’s how we make our greatest accomplishments in life and achieve our goals.

To me, reviewing my long-term goals is inspiring.  It’s good to have goals, plans and success you’d like to have- in all the important parts of your life.

You’ll experience greater motivation as you have goals- or your “ideal end results” in mind as you make short-term plans.

But it’s not only about the “end results”.  The motivation key behind our goals is the rewards or the feelings we’ll experience from achieving our goals.

For example, as you accomplish the short-term goal you’ve set, you’ll experience feelings of

  • well-being
  • satisfaction
  • accomplishment
  • enjoyment

We can experience a great sense of accomplishment (and satisfaction) from the following things:

  • new skills- you’ve been able to develop, use and apply (as you’ve started and made progress with your project).
  • new people- that you’ve met, worked with and learned from in the process
  • new topics- that you’ve discovered and enjoyed learning about.

I hope that the above list will encourage you to look upon your future– with greater hope.

The process of overcoming procrastination occurs when we focus on the positive results we’ll experience by taking action and persevering in our daily lives.

The “Bottom Line” about Your Future and Your Goals

It’s so much easier to get things going when you envision the positive results and feelings of accomplishing your goals.

Keep in mind that a bright outlook on your future is exceedingly valuable.  It significantly increases your motivation and potential in life.

I hope this series of posts on the topic of procrastination has been helpful.  My next series of posts will be about barriers to success.

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Re-framing our Present- from Uncertainty to Capability

An interesting battle goes on moment by moment.

Today, I really noticed this as I reflect on my thoughts and inner dialogue.

The Present- A Battle with Doubt and Inferiority

Inner thoughts are so changeable.  There are moments during the day when self-doubt rules, and other moments when capability, belief and enthusiasm dominate.

You see this a lot in sports – where the mental battle between doubt and belief is evident.

For example, when a professional tennis player is losing points during a match, it appears that self-doubt sets in, the player becomes tentative and fears making a mistake, and it affects the athlete’s performance.  Ultimately, their performance during the match is hindered.

If they’re winning points and gaining momentum during the match, their enthusiasm and self-confidence rises.  They are “on top” from both a mental and physical standpoint.  In this case, the belief in their capability is most likely dominating their thinking.

This is why it’s important- each moment – for us to monitor the thoughts we have about our own capabilities comes in.  It affects our overall life, success and results.

I’ve learned from great personal development authors that we can’t really control the thoughts that arise, but we can control what we dwell upon.

I’ve had to eliminate phrases like “I can’t do this because…” from my own vocabulary.  We all need to make an effort to build thoughts of capability into our lives.

This will help us improve upon our efforts in life- and will help us in overcoming procrastination.  This leads to my next point: the choice or alternative.

Re-framing the Present with Thoughts of Capability

It’s easy to get “caught up” in thoughts of doubt and uncertainty- especially when trying out new things.

Thoughts of “Will I be able to do this?” and “This is way beyond me” can really dominate our thinking- if we dwell upon them as they arise.

As thoughts arise in your own mind, which ones do you dwell upon and nurture?

I really like a quote I read yesterday from Brian Tracy’s book called “Great Little Book on Personal Achievement”.  He has a great advice in the quote I read:

“Nurture your faith and belief until they deepen into an absolute conviction that your goal is attainable.”

At this moment, I’m making more of an effort to say “I can write effectively” and “I am capable of helping many people and doing great things with my home-based business”.  I’m building and nurturing these new thoughts.  It’s a battle- as doubt arises from time to time, but I’m making progress.

In the same way, you’ll have more success in life by monitoring your thoughts, by nurturing the truth that you’re capable of achieving your goals, and by valuing each moment as a tremendous opportunity to make a difference.

Today, I’d encourage you to build upon thoughts of your capabilities, your inherent value and worth, and the great future you’re creating.

It starts with your thoughts- and your ability and willingness to value each present moment.

Make each present moment you’re given count- you’ll make far greater progress towards your goals than you’d ever imagine.

My next blog post will be about re-framing our future – from apprehension to hope.

Until then, make each moment and each day count!

Below this post is short but highly valuable video from Brian Tracy.  It’s titled “You are What You Think”.  He has some great tips about the way we think and about goal-setting.


Reframing Our Past- From Regret to Gratitude

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It’s easy to get side-tracked into thinking about the past or the future.

For me, it’s led to lost present moments – where I could have made a significant difference.

I read a quote one time, and I’m not sure who the source was.  It was very applicable to me at the time I read it.  The quote was “Never let the past use up the present moment.”

The Past- Regret and Guilt

It’s natural to look back on the past and think “If only I had taken the time to pursue my goal.”

“If only I’d used my time wisely to develop this new skill and apply what I’ve learned.”

I’ve had these types of “if only” thoughts about the past.

If you’re like me, you’ve had times where you’ve looked back on lost time and opportunity- with a nagging feeling of regret and guilt.

Regret and guilt does not serve us well.  It keeps us focused on past problems, rather than coming up with solutions and moving forward. To overcome procrastination, it’s helpful to come to terms with the past- to re-frame our perspectives on it.  For me, regret and guilt became excuses to delay and procrastinate in my own life.

I like how wiktionary.org defines the term “re-frame”- as redescribing something from a different perspective, or to relabel.

In the next section, I’d like to give you helpful ideas on re-framing your past.  This will help you make progress with living more in the present moment and for beating procrastination.

Re-framing the Past – The Perspective of Gratitude

Sometimes we need good counsel with coming to terms with the past.  I’d like to say that there is a good place for psychology and counseling in this area.  For those of you who take this route, I encourage you to keep making progress and I wish you all the best.

When you look back upon the past, it’s good to do so from a new perspective of gratitude.  I’ve struggled with this, but it’s been extremely helpful to me to try to do so each day.  I’d also encourage you to do the same.

As an example, I’ve developed a new sense of gratitude for:

  • Positive past events- times of protection- good things/good fortune or blessings (however you’d like to define it).
  • Valuable things I’ve learned through my mistakes in the past
  • Past accomplishments that I often overlook
  • Character and personal development- valuable lessons I’ve learned so that I can help others

I hope that you can use this list to re-frame your past from regret to gratitude.  This will help you maintain a more positive “mindset” and make greater progress in life.

My upcoming blog post will be about re-framing your present- from uncertainty to affirming your capability.

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Overcome Procrastination with Your Thoughts and Emotions

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Thoughts and Emotions- these are two vital life areas to focus on as we make progress in overcoming procrastination.

If you’re like me, you may greatly underestimate the role your thoughts play in the emotions you feel.

To me, procrastination is like inertia- where I just couldn’t get going as I would wait for things to be perfect, or I’d be stuck due to apprehension or fear.

It’s interesting how our thoughts tie into our emotions and actions.

In Brian Tracy’s book “Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life”, there’s a really good quote that says:

“Sow a thought and you reap an action

Sow an action and you reap a habit

Sow a habit and you reap a character

Sow a character and you reap a destiny”

I really like a story that was emailed to me a few years ago.  I received the upcoming story in an email from a lady I met at a local personal development seminar.

I’m not sure who the author was.  The story is called “Native American Wisdom”.  Here’s the story:

An old Cherokee was teaching his grandson about life.

“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.  “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.  One is evil: he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”

“The other is good: he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.  This same fight is going on inside you, and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee replied, “The one you feed.”

This really illustrated my point- that our emotions in life are really fed by our thoughts.

I’d encourage you at the end of each day to re-trace the emotions you’ve felt today back to the thoughts you’ve been thinking.  You’ll clearly see that your emotions do have their source in the thoughts you’ve had.

When faced with new challenges, it is easy to become apprehensive or fearful.  Many times, this leads us to procrastinate.

I’ve been thinking about the image I added in my post for September 10th.  The quote has great meaning for me.

It says “Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.”

What types of thoughts are you building in your life?  Are they thoughts of apprehension, uncertainty or incapability, or are they thoughts of faith- in your great purpose, of a successful future, and of your value, capabilities and talents?

Today, I’m attempting to build upon those thoughts that help me make greater progress in life (with joy, peace, love and hope) and to discard thoughts that hold me back and cause me to procrastinate.

I’d encourage you to do the same, and to use your thoughts and emotions wisely- to make greater progress in life.

My next 3 posts will be about re-framing your past, present and future – to effectively overcome procrastination.

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How our Mental and Physical Habits play a role in beating Procrastination

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Today’s blog post is on the topic of Habits.

This is a difficult topic to address- because it’s one that I’ve struggled with.

The habit I’m referring to in particular is the habit of procrastination.

I find it very easy to set aside unpleasant tasks.

Here are a couple of key habits that are highly valuable in overcoming procrastination. My hope is that you’ll use these tips to make greater progress each day towards your goals in life.

Positive Mental Programming & Personal Development

When I started preparing this post with a few ideas, I came up with a question that helps me with new ideas that come along.  If you’re like me, an idea is only useful if it’s applied and put into action.

I try to do a little bit every day to learn more and more about personal development- and new ideas that I can apply to improve my life.  As you learn about new ideas and apply them, you’ll become more effective, efficient and will reach your goals faster.

My hope is that you’ll ask yourself the following question each day, and apply it to reaching the quality of your own life:

“What new idea or habit can I put into practice today- and thereby improve the quality of my life?”

As you build more positive mental programming into your life (with habits such as using affirmations, and through implementing exceptional ideas on personal development), you’ll improve the quality of your life.

Physical Fitness and Development

I used to downplay the role physical fitness plays in my daily productivity.  Since I’ve started getting into shape, I’ve experienced great benefits.

It’s been a slow process, but I’m making progress in this area of my life.

If you’re currently maintaining a good fitness level, I encourage you to continue.  If not, get started.  You’ll feel so much better- you’ll have more energy, cut down your sick time, and will have more enthusiasm for your daily tasks and goals.

You’ll also be equipped to stop procrastination in its tracks- as you’ll have the physical stamina to start and to keep taking action on your goals.

Develop a habit of taking care of your personal development and your fitness level.  The benefits are too many to count.  I speak from experience.  Keep in mind that your feeling of well-being, the quality of your life, and your goals are too important to set aside in life.

My next post will be about how your thoughts and emotions can help you overcome procrastination.

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