Procrastination is the killer of the holidays. So with the Seasons quickly approaching and everyone making their New Years Resolutions; I wanted to discuss one of the main reasons many people often miss out on their releasing moments in going after their new resolutions, and goals.
I’ll be the first to own up to the fact that in the past this bandit and I were literally on a first name basis, but with the New Year rolling in; I wanted to personally serve this disaster of dreams, notice that it will not be going along with me over into 2012.
We’ve rehearsed the excuses as to why we “can’t”, “shouldn’t”, or just plain “won’t” start something.
Some of them have been driven into our belief systems by others, but for the most part, they are inconsistencies that we have formed about ourselves and about our capabilities to follow through; and we’ve formed these inconsistencies all by our lonesome.
No one else was to blame, but us.
It’s a choice to put “it” off until tomorrow; then on tomorrow never actually get “it” done.
It’s a personal choice to not watch our words, when asked about our desired goals; failing to realize that those doubting words we uttered were actually speaking into our own lives what little chance the goal may have had to be accomplished.
Procrastination is the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday. ~Napoleon Hill
“Are You Talking to Me?” Not really… but yes.
I’m sure I’m not speaking to the masses on this one, because everyone is already doing absolutely everything they’ve ever wanted to do, right?
Let’s be honest here; we’ve all been guilty in some way or the other, for letting procrastination and our excuses, enter into our plots to conquer the world…
OK, maybe not the world, but definitely our own minds.
Some of us have just gotten better about covering our procrastination with “a day late and a dollar short” wrapping paper.
There are a few of us, however, that will disturb procrastination’s plot against us, by actually doing whatever it was we’ve said we were going to do.
This post is for the other half; those that have made their list of New Year’s Resolutions and have checked them twice; and might have found themselves in the “Resolutions Fall Off Wagon”.
It’s quite alright… when you know better, you do better.
I’m about to put you in the “know”; so now, after you read these though… you’ll be accountable from here on out. No excuses will be accepted.
Here’s 8 timeless tips to help you break free of making excuses and avoiding procrastination for the New Year.
8 Simple ways to say Bye-Bye to Procrastination in 2012
- 1. Stop thinking about it and be about it. Ideas are great; especially when they are put to action. Drop the excuses and make it happen. Easier said than done? Well, stop saying it and just do it!
- 2. Self-Motivation is an awesome kick-starter. Don’t look towards others, to do what you can do for yourself. Be your own cheerleader, your own drum major, pat your own self on the back; encourage yourself to start. After you’ve encourage yourself, celebrate the smallest victory that you’ve actually started it.
- 3. Be efficient. If you’re not really one that is proficient in multitasking; why bite off more than you can chew. Stick to the number of projects that you can finish successfully, without driving yourself to the liquor cabinet. Getting frustrated, being overwhelmed and losing control of the task at hand is the #1 reason why many are found procrastinating. Get organized and productive; put everything in its place and move forward.
- 4. List and conquer. Make a list of every single thing you desire to do or have done. List them from the hardest task to the easiest. You might do it differently and start with the easiest thing first. It doesn’t really matter which you start first; just start somewhere!
- 5. Get accountable. Find someone who understands what you want to do, and that wouldn’t mind holding you accountable for getting it done. You don’t want that individual to hound you or make the experience unpleasant; what you’re looking for is an Iron sharpener. This is a person who encourages you to tap into your fullest potential, and in turn you can provide the same for them. Do you have someone in mind? Don’t procrastinate; call them or reach out to them today!
- 6. Communication is key. Be mindful of how you talk about the goal. Eliminate words that automatically speak defeat. Alex Mangini gives some awesome examples in his article titled, 7 Words That Just Don’t Belong In Your Vocabulary.
- 7. Overcome the fear. The reason you may be avoiding the task could very well be because you’re afraid of failure, what others might say, or you have convinced yourself you’re not capable of finishing it. Face the fear by doing, and turn the fear into a personal strength.
- 8. Have fun and finish it. It’s been proven by many successful people that we conquer more of our goals when we’re having fun doing them. So make the experience or task a fun one for yourself, and I guarantee you’ll complete the goal.
Now it’s your turn to release…
Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? How do you rid yourself of procrastination? What, if anything, would you add to the list? Please feel free to share this post with your friends and families, and your feedback in the comment box below. All are welcomed and greatly appreciated.
Side Note: This is officially my last post for 2011. It’s been a great year and I thank you all (new and seasoned) for your support. I look forward to bringing you even more awesome content to “The Release” in 2012.
On Next week we will be having two phenomenal guest bloggers, Farouk from 2knowmyself and Jimmy Tong from Life Architect. So be sure you stop in and show your support for these two awesome fellas. Also, on next Tuesday I’ve been asked to stop by Social2Cents to write a guest post there… And it’s a good one, I promise you. So mark your calender and stop by and say hello.