The more we procrastinate about the job, task or even dream, the more it weights us down, the more energy we lose to it. The loss of energy impacts our thoughts, feelings and wellbeing. Our vibration shifts and we show up differently in ‘our world’. When various jobs, dreams and tasks aren’t accomplished for whatever reason we are unconsciously disappointed. This disappointment plays around in our mind, body and with our soul. Until we do something progressive towards the ‘dream, task or job’ it will continue to play negatively. We continue on the merry-go-round or wanting it and it being out of reach. A couple of things will enable it to be in our hands. The first is having the awareness of what is happening right now. How are we behaving, what are we doing, what are we thinking and most importantly how much do we want the job done, the task out of the way or the dream achieved? The second, what is the purpose behind wanting to achieve it?
“Procrastination is attitudes natural assassin, there is nothing more fatiguing than an uncompleted task.”
– William James
The size of the job, task or dream is irrelevant. It’s vitally important to understand the benefits we will gain from having/doing or achieving this. Once we understand the benefits, it supports the drive to achieve. When we do not acknowledge the benefits, procrastination will creep in. When procrastination comes in we tend to play below the line. Playing below the line puts us into victim mode where we blame, use excuses and be in denial. This may sound not very nice, and sometimes it isn’t very nice to play here. Being aware of where we play is also important. Awareness is the key. If we continue to keep putting things off, wishing we had this or wanted to do that and not taking the steps to create it, we are on the same merry-go-round. Continue to be here and we are guaranteed to support our body to be at dis-ease. Continue to play below the line; we support our body to be at dis-ease.
There are many down sides to ‘procrastination’. The energy drain is huge simply because when we remember or think about the task our body unconsciously reacts. This is our vibration. When this drops we take it with us in everything we do. The longer we leave the task, walk around it, hide it, pretend it’s not there the more it impacts. Doing this over a long period keeps us in this low vibration, our energy will be low, our thought process affected and the ripple begins. When we are here, it is very difficult to get the ideas happening, it’s difficult to achieve the dream or even do the task. Being aware of what is happening is the game changer to adjusting our behaviour. Based on our awareness and what we have in this moment, we make a decision to keep things the same or change them. If we continue having the same thinking process creating the same behaviour receiving the same results, we need to look at how it is making us feel. Are we happy and content with this or do we want more. Will we change or will we stay the same? We make the choice. We are in control and we are responsible for our decisions.
An example might be, getting fit, by walking, jogging, attending a gym or hiring a personal trainer, and then things get in the way. Every day things like work, children’s needs, money, community commitments, housework or the washing are all possible sabotages. We allow this to happen. If not getting fit and exercising to have better health, it might be changing jobs, putting together a budget, looking for a new house to upgrade to. As we sit and reflect we will have our own things going on. They will be personal and work related and could even be many as we give ourselves permission to think about them.
The change can be simple or it can be difficult, it depends on how we think and what we truly want in life. Getting support to help become unstuck or to change our thinking patterns is useful and there are many different ways to do this.
Helpful tips for supporting change…
- List down all things we want to achieve, including small jobs, big jobs, list down dreams and anything else coming up to go on the list. It’s very important to have them out of us and written on paper.
- Next to each job/task/dream, list the benefits (what will having, doing or achieving this give to us). Some benefits might include, uncluttered lifestyle, improved relationship with significant other or sibling, parent, child. Happier and more fulfilled. Free from debt. Fitter, healthier and more energetic. Knowing self-better. Believing in self-more. Improved Self-esteem. Have more Self-worth. Improved golf handicap, walk further, run faster, swim further, improved home environment and the list of benefits will go on.
- Next, write in another column what the biggest difference will be to us personally. Then to the family, then as a role model to our children or family. What will the difference be?
- The last column will be – when will I have this completed.
- Read books to support getting out of procrastination,
- Watch personal development videos: Eat That Frog – Brian Tracy,
- Work with a coach – for accountability and deep change,
- Make a choice to do something different and enjoy the process.
“The best way to get something done is to begin.”