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!
Sometimes it seems like the Universe keeps slamming the door in your face. You going along, doing what you think you’re supposed to, then WHAM! Things go wrong. It can be a loss of a job, a financial hit, anything that prevents you from following the path you were on. What does it mean? Turns … Continue reading When the Universe Keeps Slamming the Door in Your Face
Sometimes we procrastinate because of a metaphor. That’s what happened to my client “Rita.” Her metaphor destroyed her first business and almost did the same to her second business. Watch the video to find out where the metaphor came from, what it did to Rita, and how we finally got rid of it and … Continue reading A Surprising Cause of Procrastination
Sometimes all it takes to break the logjam of procrastination is to stop using your To Do list. Yes, it sounds crazy, but when I had my client replace her To Do list with this one action, she started having more energy and accomplishing a lot more of what she wanted to get done. Watch … Continue reading The Done List
Sometimes it feels like the universe is conspiring with you to keep you from your big goal. That’s what it’s like when part of you is afraid of what will happen if you reach your goal. A client called me about this recently. Watch the video to find out what we did to fix the … Continue reading Is the Universe Conspiring to Help You Procrastinate?
I met a woman who dreamed of creating beautiful jewelry but didn’t because she was “lazy.” Or so she said. The truth was she was following a “rule” given to her years ago by someone else—someone who was no longer even in her life. If you are not living the life you’re meant to yet, … Continue reading You Are NOT Lazy!
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
I confess that today’s tip is not for everyone. But before you dismiss it as not being right for you, be sure to really try it on for size. You may discover that you can make this change. If you can, it will make a huge difference in your work. “Mark” has blocks to growing … Continue reading Change your blocks into your strengths
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!
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