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Over the past couple of weeks have you experienced any procrastination with certain tasks, putting them off for another day or time?
What about perfectionism – where you spend hours trying to get something just right?
And how about paralysis – sitting in the confusion of what to do or not doing anything at all!?
We often think that procrastination, perfectionism and paralysis are driven by just the way we are, how we’ve always been.
Some people think it’s laziness or lack of motivation or A-type behaviour.
And some people think it’s the task that’s too difficult or too ambiguous.
But the truth is that we procrastinate, perfect and stop taking action on our tasks, goals or habits because we want to avoid negative emotions – especially fear.
The fear is normal – and it happens to everyone.
It’s also just a feeling – and invariably the uncomfortable feeling (like fear) an error in our brain trying to keep us safe from things that might kill us.
Luckily when you’re working on a taskl, you probably won’t be in any real danger like imminent death, but we still have to deal with the fear that comes up.
So how can we feel the fear and move forward anyway?
I’d like you to consciously give yourself permission to lower the bar and do something poorly.
If you find yourself procrastinating, perfecting or stopping your momentum, just give yourself temporary permission to lower your standards and move forward anyway.
It might be messy action. That’s ok.
Your brain will probably give you all of the excuses why you shouldn’t.
But the important part is to move forward.
Remember that not every action needs to be perfect.
Remember that not every action we take needs to create an immediate result for us.
Remember that not every action we take needs to be risk or failure-free.
The point is to always be taking action and moving forward.
- This week become aware of when you are either procrastinating, perfecting or not taking action on certain tasks. And then give yourself permission to lower your standards temporarily to move forward.
- Ask yourself: “What emotion am I avoiding by procrastinating, perfecting or stopping my momentum on this task?”
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