Have you ever started to work on your goals and then found yourself dragging your feet or coming up with excuse after excuse for putting off a task or making a follow up call? Could you be procrastinating?
I define procrastination as putting off until tomorrow what you should be accomplishing today.
Quite frankly we all procrastinate from time to time, but procrastination becomes a problem when it reduces your ability to work effectively and successfully.
If you find yourself procrastinating, here are a few questions you may want to ask yourself:
1. Are your day-to-day and long-term goals clearly defined? Do you know what you want and have you developed a clear and motivating plan for getting there? Are the goals you’re aiming toward really your goals or are you living out the hopes and dreams of others?
2. Have you made time to write goals that will motivate and keep you going forward when the going gets rough? Quite frankly, your goals may be too limiting. Your goals may not be motivating and inspiring you toward greater success.
3. Are you over preparing? Is it time to stop reading the books and taking the classes and start taking solid action toward the future? There comes a time when you just have to take that leap of faith and go forward.
4. Are you lacking of a clear plan? Have you made your day-to-day, week-to-week, month-to-month plans for making your motivating goals a reality? Progress is made by setting goals and then, consistently working your well thought out plan of action.
5. What are you willing to do to expand your comfort zone? You may be unconsciously reluctant to come out of your comfort zone because of fear, self-doubt or lack of self-confidence. Is it time to expand your comfort zone?
If you do not face the fact that you are putting things off and dragging your feet when you should be achieving your goals and enjoying success, procrastination can begin to take a destructive toll on your overall sense of accomplishment and even, your self-esteem.
Once you recognize certain procrastination patterns, you can begin counteracting the urge to slow down and decide to make the conscious decision to follow through and complete a task from start to finish. The key to conquering procrastination is to recognize your reasons for wanting to procrastinate and begin eliminating the doubts and fears one-by-one and day-by-day.
If you find yourself procrastinating, I highly recommend you make some quiet time with pen and paper in hand to listen to my Women Enjoying Success radio interview entitled “Why We Procrastinate” with Performance Coach Janet Hilts. We did this interview a few years back but, it still rings true today. Why We Procrastinate
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