Saturday, 3 April 2010

Procrastination - The Success Killer!

There is a misguided notion within some self improvement circles that motivation is a key factor in the achievement of goals and success. This is very misleading. Let's face it even the most motivated individuals in the world don't feel like doing the work sometimes. What separates the winners from the losers or the winners from the mediocrities is the ability to take action even when they feel far from motivated.

Without doubt the ability to keep going even when you don't want to is what makes people successful. On the other hand it is giving-up and procrastination that kill any chance of success for most people.

I will address the success killer procrastination in this article and hopefully give you some food for thought about how you can overcome this and move forward in your life.

There are a few reasons why the average person procrastinates.

1. Laziness.
2. Feeling Overwhelmed.
3. Stress.
4. Apathy.

Each of these reasons may be present individually or in a combination depending on the task at hand and the person involved. It is relatively easy to address each and ensure they do not interfere with your goals and do not stop you on your road towards success.

1. Laziness.

This is perhaps the most difficult of all the causes of procrastination because the cure must come from within. When you feel like you just can't be bothered to take action you must force yourself to do it!

Get up and walk about. Pump yourself up by thinking about all the positive outcomes you will eventually experience by taking action now. Then go and do it!

2. Overwhelm.
Many times we fail to divide a goal up into small manageable tasks. It doesn't matter what the goal is. It doesn't matter if it is your goal or one that has been imposed upon you (such as a t work) when you divide it up into smaller goals the whole process becomes much more manageable and looks more attainable!

3. Stress.

Take up yoga or meditation. Listen to some calming music or try some relaxation hypnosis. Focus your mind on the benefits of the work you are going to do and the positive outcome sit will lead to rather than the amount of activity you must perform.

Try using some isochronic tones like those you can get free at Binaural Download.

4. Apathy.
Apathy occurs when we just don't believe that the actions we are about to take will have any positive impact. It just seems pointless to take action because it will not amount to anything.

When you feel like this you really need to recondition your mind through some tools such as hypnosis and subliminal programming or you can "release" the negative emotions that causing your feelings and thoughts of apathy - such as through The Release Technique.

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