In the last few months I’ve stumbled across the most counterintuitive cause of procrastination you can imagine. More than half my clients have this problem. It slows them down. It gets in the way of accomplishing their goals. And it has led them to think they’re stupid. Or lazy. Or both. The cause? Growing up … Continue reading Is Being Gifted Holding You Back?
Over the past year I’ve noticed an interesting cause of procrastination in both my clients and myself. Sometimes we procrastinate because it has become soooo hard to do something to reach a goal that we subconsciously decide it’s not worth trying. And because we feel that it’s too hard to achieve our goal, we find … Continue reading What If Your Life Were Easy?
Do you pay for expensive trainings, groups, or programs, then fail to follow through on what you learned? Or procrastinate so much you never even open them on your computer? To others it can seem like you expect that just paying the money is a Magic Pill that will bring you whatever you want without … Continue reading Are You Paying for a Magic Pill?
If you procrastinate doing something because you know you’ll get anxious, try Buddha Hands. This technique uses subtle tapping points. You can use it in any situation where you might get nervous, like In an interview Giving a speech, or Going on a blind date. No one will notice. And it will lower your anxiety … Continue reading Procrastinating Because You’re Nervous? Use Budha Hands.
Are you procrastinating on creating the life you want because your job is just too good to leave? Do you say things like: “I’m counting the days until retirement” “I’m bored, but I’ll never find another job that pays as well” or “I can’t do what I want. I have a family to feed.” If … Continue reading When Your Golden Handcuffs Are Holding You Back
Sometimes my clients tell me the reason they procrastinate instead of getting something important done is that they are just too tired to focus. Or be creative. Or even think. And I believe them. This is a growing problem. • There’s more and more stress in our lives. • Stress interferes with our sleep. • … Continue reading When you can’t get that project done because you’re too tired . . .
As kids we’re all taught to get our work done first before . . . • playing with friends • watching TV • having dessert • really, doing anything fun. It’s called delayed gratification, and it’s not only a sign of maturity, it’s a skill that’s essential to accomplishing most anything that is important in … Continue reading Stop Procrastinating. Go Out and Play!
Are you procrastinating, avoiding doing something—even though you know it will bring you closer to creating the life you want—because it drains you? Dave came to me with exactly that problem. Whenever he tried to make cold calls, he would quickly lose his energy, and even his ability to think clearly. It limited his work … Continue reading Are You Avoiding Something Because It’s Too Draining?
We usually think that test anxiety only affects kids. And of course it can be devastating for them. But sometimes that test anxiety can get in the way of an adult trying to follow their dream. When it does, it can look a lot like procrastination—avoiding signing up for the test; rescheduling it over and … Continue reading When You Just Can’t Bring Yourself to Take That Test
Most of us reach for the same tool to get ourselves to stop procrastinating. We think that the way to get moving is to yell at ourselves. Call ourselves “lazy,” “stupid,” or other names when we don’t get enough done. Call up our inner Drill Sergeant in an effort to force ourselves to get moving. … Continue reading Dismiss Your Drill Sergeant!