Are you caught up in this vicious cycle?? It goes something like this…
…You have a new lead for your business, and its time to pick up the phone to make ‘the call’. You’re looking at the phone…breaking into a sweat, trying to pick it up, but it weighs about a thousand pounds. You can’t understand why it looks SO HEAVY when just before, you called a friend, it was as light as a feather!
Watch out! You’re beginning to get sucked in…
…You start to procrastinate, the phone just keeps getting heavier and heavier and before long, you have an urgent need to put in a load of laundry, or your sock draw suddenly needs re-arranging along with a hundred other senseless things you find to do just to avoid making that call. Now in your mind, you have created this overwhelming fear of what will happen if you call.
Sound a little familiar? If its not a phone call, I’m sure you can relate it to many other similar situations you have had.
You proscratinate because of a fear!
That fear somehow manifests itself and you continue to procrastinate until the sheer thought of doing whatever it was you started out to do, becomes crippling. You are caught in the vicious cycle of fear and proscratination. This cycle can become all too consuming if you let it grab hold and control you.
You’re not alone, we’ve all been there at one time or another. Maybe some of you are still stuck and can’t break free.
But there is a way out…
You need to ask yourself ’what am I really afraid of?’ Procrastination is basically avoidance…of feeling an uncomfortable emotion. What are you avoiding? Name it. Acknowledge it. Say out loud “I want to avoid ….” Once you face it, name it and acknowledge it, your fear reduces significantly and you have a much better chance to take action.
If that prospect tells you ‘NO’ to joining your business, or worse…
…tells you explicitly, what you can do with your business, and hangs up the phone on you! What exactly do you think will happen to you? Will you drop dead on the spot? Will your business fall apart? Of course not! Maybe your ego will get a little brused, but thats about it! You will be no worse off than before you asked. You didn’t have the prospect before and you don’t have the prospect after. No different, period! If you didn’t ask, how would you ever know? Look at it as their loss. Do you really want someone like that partnering with you in your business anyway?
Another way to look at a task you might be procrastinating about is to ask yourself, ‘is it really worth doing?’ If not, don’t waste another minute on it! Get it off your to-do list and out of your head.
If it IS important…STOP PROCRASTINATING and tackle it RIGHT NOW!
The next time you are faced with a challenge, don’t procrastinate because of a fear. Muster up the courage and tackle that fear! Grab hold of the ’fear’ and tear it apart before it grabs and tears you apart!
Leave me a comment below and share your biggest fear that causes you to procrastinate. Acknowledgement it is the first step in reducing that fear!
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