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The Best Kept Secret About How To End Procrastination
The best kept secret about ending procrastination is to accept it! Yes, that's right, being able to accept procrastination is the key to letting go of it. I've written many times in the past about the power of acceptance, especially when it comes to resistance. Procrastination is a form of resistance; resistance blocks forward movement. If you're discouraged about your procrastination and want to "get rid of it", instead transcend itómove beyond it-- by accepting it. Acceptance means total non-judgment of your procrastination. However, it does not mean giving yourself permission to continue procrastinating!
The first step in moving beyond any problem is recognition. When we come to a realization about a problem we now have the power to change and choose how we want to proceed. Become keenly aware of the signs of procrastination. What are you feeling and thinking? How are you behaving? Acknowledge it; say aloud, "I'm procrastinating right now." Then smile because you've just been incredibly honest with yourself! This is the first step in moving beyond procrastination.
The next step is to see it differently. What beliefs do you hold about procrastination? Be willing to acknowledge these beliefs without judging, see them from a different perspective. "I'm procrastinating." could mean that you need help or direction about where and how to start. It could mean that you feel you might fail and need support. It could mean that you're too overwhelmed and need to "chunk down" the project. These are perfectly legitimate reasons not to proceed. Make a choice right in the moment to accept that you are stuck and instead of asking, "Why me?" ask "How can I?" Change how you view procrastination and you have a better chance of getting beyond it. Let procrastinating be OK; find peace within yourself around it.
Then make a choice to let go of any negative beliefs you hold toward yourself. If you have been in the habit of labeling yourself "a procrastinator", please stop! Labeling is limiting and you will actually perpetuate the problem. We all procrastinate from time to time. Thinking that you're bad or wrong because you procrastinate will never help you complete a project. In fact, if you notice that you break through your procrastination by getting angry with yourself, that's not a loving, compassionate way to treat yourself, is it?
If you see procrastination as a problem that's beyond you, seek the help of a professional. Know that there will never be forward movement when resistance is present. Accept procrastination as a part of life, let go of resistance, see it from a different perspective and transcend the problem.
Love To You,
posted on: 3/5/2009 12:00:00 PM by Maggie McCauley
category: The Mental Side
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Maggie McCauley, ACC, LICSW, The Effortless Organizing Coach, is the president of "A New View". She takes a holistic approach to organizing coaching her clients to create new habits that promote overall well-being, a sense of freedom and peace of mind.
My Favorite Books
- The Success Principles by Jack Canfield
- It's Hard To Make A Difference When You Can't Find Your Keys by Marilyn Paul
- Organize With Confidence by Elizabeth Hagen
- The Secret Of Letting Go by Guy Finley
- Life Is Short--Wear Your Party Pants by Loretta La Roche
- The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
- The Seven Whispers by Christina Baldwin
- Loving What Is by Byron Katie
- Making A Change For Good by Cheri Huber
- "Happiness Now!" by Robert Holden, PhD.