“Successful people are simply those with successful habits.” ~ Brian Tracy
On every path to success, happiness, and your best self, there are obstacles. You’ll find that often the obstacles may be yourself. Human beings have a tendency to create conspiracies against themselves and impose the self-limiting beliefs that surround them on every aspect of their lives, whether these restrictive ideals result from environment, upbringing, or a combination of influential factors.
You may not even recognize your own self-defeating actions and habits. However, the power to form habits, or break bad habits and replace them with good habits, rests solely within yourself. You are the only one that can stand in your way. Therefore, you must learn how to step aside and allow yourself to develop to your full potential.
Following are some of the most common patterns of self-limiting behavior, along with steps you can take to get out of your own way and blaze your personal path to happiness and success.
Napoleon Hill once said, “Procrastination is the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.” Procrastination is the easiest thing in the world to perfect, and one of the hardest habits to break. There will always be a good reason to put off whatever you want to accomplish, whether it’s vacuuming the living room carpet or finally clean out the garage.
When you realize you’re putting something off, one of the best things you can do is to ask yourself why you don’t want to do it. The reasons for procrastination are as varied as the people who practice it: the task is boring or repetitive; you think it’s too complicated and you won’t be able to handle it; the project will be time-consuming; it is going to be an unpleasant experience; you dread the possible failing. Once you know what is stopping you from moving ahead, you can determine your strategy for accomplishing your goal and get un-stuck.
How do you crush procrastination in its tracks?
The remedies for moving past procrastination include:
Just do it. Whatever the task you’re facing, simply pick a point and get started. Often things are not as bad as they seem, and once you start doing something it’s easier to build up momentum that will carry you through to the end. Tell yourself that when you finish the unpleasant task, you won’t have it hanging over your head and you can move on to better things.
Break it up. Take a few minutes to break up larger tasks into small, manageable goals. For example, if you are attempting to organize your desk at work, you might pick one drawer and get that done, and then take a break and do something else before returning for the next drawer. Meeting a series of small goals is more motivating and encouraging than tackling a huge project all at once.
Cut through the fluff. Prepare yourself to work through distractions when you’re taking on a task. If possible, ignore the phone, and definitely resist the temptation to check FB feeds or check your e-mails often. Make sure your mind is made up to do whatever it is you’re doing and nothing else until it’s finished. You will feel better knowing it’s done, and you’ll waste less time on sideline projects.
Stick to the program. Ensure you have enough time to finish the task you’re starting. If you know you’re going to be interrupted or run out of time before you’re through, choose one part of the task to complete instead of trying to rush through the whole thing. Rushing to meet a deadline you know you can’t make causes more stress, and can actually make things happen slower because you’re worried that you won’t be able to accomplish what you’ve set out to do. Give yourself a break, and your stress level will thank you.
From my heart to yours,
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