"Oh - I really want to do this, it is exactly what I need to get out of this slump and into something positive" - Most people start out like this or something very similar, full of excitement about everything that will be before them once they make this next decision about their health and fitness.
"What if it doesn't work?", "What if I don't like the people in it, what if they don't talk to me or I don't get along with them?", "Can I really get up each morning for training at 6am?", "Can I give up junk food, booze, being lazy?" - That's normally what follows, or once again something very similar. Or even worse, you've got your own negative thoughts running rampant through your mind and you've also got someone else who's equally as gripped by the curse of over thinking and procrastination singing these thoughts in your ear too!
So what causes all this negative chatter to suddenly appear when we are trying to make better choices for ourselves and our health which then causes us to overthink every decision? In my experience and from every single book or webinar I've listened in on or seminar I have attended - it all comes down to fear and how much we let it control us. I found this fantastic breakdown the other day which outlines 4 major ways we procrastinate and how to overcome it, 4 major ways we let overthinking and procrastination rule our lives when we should be just living it and getting the most out of it.
Read on - it's a real eye opener!
The 4 Reasons You Procrastinate | Attitude 4 Innovation
1. Fear of Failure
“He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat” – Napoleon Bonaparte
Sven Goran Eriksson said “The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure,” and because we fear failing, we procrastinate. We don’t want to fail, we’re scared of failure! Because we don’t want to speed up the “failing process” we subconsciously desire procrastination because it postpones and/or eliminates failure.
But failure is okay, it’s inevitable, and it’s necessary.
You are going to fail; failure is the path to success. However, when you fail, be sure to fail forward! Les Brown said, “If you fall down, try to fall on your back, because if you can look up, you can get up.”
Don’t fear failure because failure is necessary for progress.
2. Lack of Self-Discipline
“In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves…self-discipline with all of them came first.” – Harry S. Truman
Do you have self-discipline? You need enough self-discipline to setup the habits that will move you beyond procrastination in to progress. Self-discipline isn’t omnipotent, it won’t solve every problem, but it will put you on the right track until your habits take over.
To change your life, you have to change your habits.
If you want to accomplish something you have yet to accomplish, it will take a new habit to get you there. Mike Murdock said, “Your habits will take you further than your desires.” So muster up enough self-discipline to create the right habits, and procrastination will disappear.
3. Perfection Paralysis
“Finality is death. Perfection is finality. Nothing is perfect. There are lumps in it.” – James Stephens
Instead of ready, aim, fire, we must adopt the mentality of ready, fire, aim in order to move from procrastination to progress. Nothing is ever going to be perfect!
If you wait for the perfect moment to do something, it will never get done. Go ahead and do it now, make mistakes, learn from your mistakes and get better.
You want things to be “great,” but save absolute perfection for the procrastinators, not you!
4. Fear of Success
“Procrastination is the fear of success.” – Dennis Waitley
Perhaps Dennis Waitley said it best, he said, “People procrastinate because they are afraid of the success that they know will result if they move ahead now. Because success is heavy, carries a responsibility with it, it is much easier to procrastinate and live on the ‘someday I’ll’ philosophy.”
Success carries with it a heavy burden, it carries much responsibility. To whom much is given, much is required.
Consciously you may not consider the burden of success, but subconsciously you know it exists, and so you avoid progress. You procrastinate.
Today I want to tell you that you don’t have to fear success consciously or subconsciously. Say with me: “I’m ready for success, I’m ready for all that it brings, I can handle success!”
Say this every time a negative thought comes to you, and soon you will move from procrastination to progress, and from progress to success.
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