How to Beat Procrastination – What will you do today?

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Promise only what you can deliver.  Then deliver more than you promise. – Author Unknown

Are you a big talker?  Are you always rambling on about how great your achievements are, how much you’re capable of, how far you’re going to go in life?  Speaking confidently about yourself and your activities is a good thing – but NOT if you’re just blowing hot air.  Some people do this in an effort to build up their courage or seek approval from others.  They lack a strong sense of inner security and belief about who they are and what they do (or want to do).  While we can easily understand and sympathize with this temptation, we need to focus on not falling into the trap ourselves.

Rather than letting your mouth tell others who you are and what you can do, let your actions do the talking.  Promise less but give more.  Give WAY more.  Let everything you do shout your worth to the world.  In fact, you’d be surprised how much of communication is actually non-verbal.  Words are only icing on the cake.  It’s your countenance, your demeanor and your attitude that speak the most about you.  If you blow a lot of hot air, all you do is steam up the room and create a fog that makes it difficult for people to see the genuine you.  You may think this obscures the less developed parts of yourself, but most people have surprisingly good radar and can smell a façade easily.

Actions, however, tell the whole story.  What you do is who you are.  You are what you do.  Your achievements, your energy and your character will reach out and grab the attention of those you wish to align yourself with.  If you always strive to do your best in everything you do and push yourself to be not just “good” but GREAT, you will infuse your unique energy into every activity and the results you get will astound not only you but everyone you touch.  Remember, a truly great person doesn’t have to say a word about their success because it’s written all over them.

Realize your Potential
In order to succeed at anything, you need to see that you have the potential to reach your goals. For example, if you want to be a recording artist but have no singing ability, having success in this field is not likely. However, if you love working on cars and have a real talent for fixing engines and transmissions, and to you, success would mean working for NASCAR, you have potential to learn and achieve that success.

Stop the Complaining
You might think there is no correlation between complaining and success when in fact there is a connection. When you are spending time complaining about the obstacles you are facing, you are wasting so much time being negative that you are actually loosing chances to move forward. Instead of thinking of challenges as problems, think of them as opportunities.

What Will You Do Today?

If you are still talking about what you did yesterday, you haven’t done much today. – Author Unknown

As wonderful as past achievements may make you feel, they cannot compare to what you are capable of today.  It’s natural to want to reflect upon our previous accomplishments because they make us feel good about ourselves.  We can remember the glory of the battle, the difficulties we overcame during the journey and glow with pride as we point out, “I did that.”  That’s great, but the very next words out of your mouth should be, “What will I do next?”

Instead of pacifying yourself with memories of what you’ve done before, you can choose to make it your mission to always keep growing, evolving and producing ever greater works.  If you do this, you may be surprised to note that you rarely feel compelled to look back at your past accomplishments.  Why?  Because you’ll be too darn busy being productive!  Rather than dwelling on your past success, let it fuel your next endeavor.  Besides a feeling of pride, your accomplishments can offer something else of value: confidence to try something new!  Sometimes we do just the opposite and use our past accomplishments as an excuse not to do anything more.  Whether we fear not being able to top a previous victory or we simply don’t want to try, we decide it’s safer to stay where we are and bask in the afterglow.  Ridiculous!

Let excitement about your next endeavor fill you up.  Let it quicken your heart and flush your face as you look forward to your next phase of growth.  As exciting as your past achievements may have been, they cannot hold a candle to what you will do today!  When you are too old and infirm to produce anymore, THEN you can look back and be proud of all you accomplished.  Until then, you’re not nearly done yet.  You’ve got mountains to climb, fears to face, doubts to overcome, and astounding achievements waiting to be realized.  Go to it!

Have a Plan
Even if it is flimsy to begin with, you should construct a plan to include goal, milestones, deliverables such as contracts, business plans, etc., and accomplishments. This will provide you with a visual as to what you are working for, what milestones you have successfully met, and where you need to do better.

No matter what your goal for success, you should set aside some time to study. If you want to be a successful hair stylist, study different styles, colors, and trends. If you want to be a veterinarian, study animals. Whatever your success, take time to read, research, and ask many questions. You should also consider volunteering at the local beauty school or hair salon or your veterinarian’s office. Ask if you can follow them around for a day or two and without getting in the way, observe, and ask questions.

Identify Procrastinations
If you have a problem with procrastination, make a list of the things you constantly put on hold. This will help you identify your poor patterns and make the appropriate adjustments. Local colleges often have improvement courses regarding making better decisions and procrastination. Locate a class or a system online that would help you with this kind of challenge.

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