A survey (by the University of Chicago) suggested that those who relish challenge are more likely to live up to 10 years longer than those who spend their lives inhibited by timidity.
Trying to realize our ambitions is preferable to not having the courage or motivation to take the risk. Not making any resolutions because we fear that we’ll break them is having a defeatist attitude. We only allow procrastination to become an insidious habit. This stops us from leading more fulfilling lives.
The following are ways to kick the procrastination habit!
Personal values development
Take the time to find out what you really want in life, what your personal values are. Do you want more time, more money, better health, greater self esteem and confidence?
How about a more fulfilling relationships, a different career, set up a business? When we procrastinate it’s often because what we are planning to do is not really aligned with what we truly want. We may be scared of our skills (or perceived lack of) or fear ridicule from others.
Make health and high energy levels a priority
Without good health we are less likely to have the energy and dynamism. Those are needed to make positive changes in our lives and it’s easier to procrastinate.
So ensure that you have a nourishing diet, sleep well, exercise and meditate. Incidentally, regular meditation helps delay the worst effects of the ageing process.
Visualize your life without procrastination
See and feel the benefits in your life if you didn’t procrastinate. What could you do and achieve? Begin to act as if you’re not a procrastinator. Write down, draw, imagine your life as a film. Use affirmations to help you.
Banish the Gremlin
That little voice which runs on auto in your head – that dismisses any idea that you might have. It says things like “I’m not in the mood” “I don’t have time” “I can’t do this”.
Stop running on auto, replace the “should’s” “oughts” “have tos” with “want to” “desire”. You have a choice. Acknowledge your choices and banish the Gremlin. Again, using affirmations can help you replace the Gremlin with more positive alternatives.
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