But I Don’t Know What I Want

Not knowing what you want is the most effective form of procrastination there is. It stops you before you even get started. It can be baffling, too. Everyone else seems to know what they want. What their goals are. What direction they want to take in life. And you just can’t decide what you want … Continue reading But I Don’t Know What I Want

A Way to Make Your Resolutions Work

If you don’t really expect much from your New Year’s resolutions—or you’ve given up making them entirely—try this technique. It whittles away at what’s going on below the surface that’s keeping you stuck. There’s a reason your resolutions usually don’t work, and it has nothing to do with how motivated you are to make a … Continue reading A Way to Make Your Resolutions Work

One Very Good Reason You Might Be Sabotaging Your Business

"Elizabeth" had a big block. Lately she had been unintentionally sabotaging her relationships with her big clients She was worried that it was jeopardizing her business, and she was right. She needed to get rid of her block. But her block wasn’t quite what she thought it was. Elizabeth works hard at everything she does. … Continue reading One Very Good Reason You Might Be Sabotaging Your Business

To Finish What You’re Avoiding, Change How You Talk About It

After we’d cleared out some major blocks, “Sam” told me his energy levels were back to where they were seven years ago when he started his business, and he could power through all sorts of projects fast. He was feeling really motivated to go out and get those new clients he’d been talking about for … Continue reading To Finish What You’re Avoiding, Change How You Talk About It

The Elements of Optimism That Can Unblock You

Last week I started a series on the practical application of Martin Seligman’s Learned Optimism to improve your results in your work. Last week in my post What Optimisim Will Get You I explained why using an optimistic approach can get you past some of your blocks and when to use it. This week I’ll … Continue reading The Elements of Optimism That Can Unblock You

Don’t Wait Until You’re Perfectly Ready—Leap Before You Look!

Last week I described why demanding perfection from yourself can sabotage your work or business. You can waste enormous amounts of time and energy feeling bad that you don’t do your job exactly the way you think you should, or perform better than everybody else, or get more done. You may put off taking action—speaking … Continue reading Don’t Wait Until You’re Perfectly Ready—Leap Before You Look!

Putting It All Together—Three Easy Steps to Create a Good Habit

In the past three weeks I’ve described three techniques you can use to get past garden-variety procrastination that is holding you back. The first is to make it more difficult to do your usual time-wasters. The second is to make it physically easier to start working on a project you have been avoiding. And the … Continue reading Putting It All Together—Three Easy Steps to Create a Good Habit