Things usually don’t. They simply don’t go according to plan. Sometimes, you get the opposite. But is it always because the plan was bad?
Sometimes, yes. But – most of the time – no. There is one surefire way to make sure things don’t go according to plan. Not only that.
It can be fixed easily. This article explains one of your biggest obstacle to getting motivated – then shows you how to crush it. Keep reading…
A Peculiar Story
Let’s meet Bob. Is Bob real? Well, not technically but his story sure is. Bob was sitting on a bench one day. Mid-way through his lunch, he had a revelation. He wasn’t satisfied with his weight anymore. He was ready to make a change. He threw his Big Mac on the ground and walked away.
Over the course of the next week, there were some big changes. His diet was nearly perfect and he hit the gym every day. But one day Bob woke up with zero energy. He didn’t make it to the gym that day. A week later, he had stopped going entirely.
From the comfort of his couch, Big Mac in hand, Bob couldn’t figure out what went wrong. Sound familiar?
When we get excited, we set out with a big dream in mind. It’s time to get to work and break all boundaries. But, as soon as that enthusiasm fades, you stop getting things done and it fades back to the “some day” list. Why is that? And what can you do about it? Keep reading.
How to Keep Going
“…in war, the chief incalculable is the human will.”
Once enthusiasm fades, we are left with only “will power.” At that point, we struggle to keep going. Stress sets in. And that stress makes it even harder to follow your plan. Bob made a big mistake. He was looking at it like this:
“I need to go to the gym and lose 60 pounds.”
He made it seem difficult. Your level of motivation changes depending on how things “seem” to you. So, why not choose to perceive things as easy? If he thought of it like this:
“Hey, I’m going to go to the gym.”
How much easier is it to act on that? When something is a lifelong commitment, it is exponentially harder to do. You might be able to act on those kind of ideas when enthusiasm is on your side, but remember what happened to Bob?
Notice how you are more or less likely to do something based on how it seems, and Not by how it actually is?
Your motivation changes with your perspective. Describe what you must do in words that make it seem small, simple and easy. This kind of clear thinking is powerful. Don’t underestimate it.
And remember to have fun. Think about this and you’ll soon realize how difficult you’ve been making things. But, forgive yourself. It can be fun to look back at your own blunders. They are hilarious when hindsight is 20/20. Here’s a small sample of my personal adventures in procrastination:
“I am going to lose 100 pounds and get a six pack”
This worked better:
“I am going to eat more vegetables”
Actually, I did end up losing 100 pounds (still working on the six pack). But I never did until I quit creating problems. Once I started focusing on the actions I need to take each day it became pretty effortless, to be honest. You can do the same.
Don’t forget your big goal, but focus on the small steps that lead to it.
Stopping procrastination takes more than information. It takes a lot more.
There isn’t room here for everything, but you can find more here: How To Stop Procrastination [http://hiddenconstraints.com/whatiamdoing/how-to-stop-procrastination/].
All the Best,