How To Stop Procrastinating

It’s been my observation that procrastination kills business growth for many Direct Sellers and if left unchecked eventually robs them of of their dreams.

So how can you stop it?

Brian Tracey, author of Eat That Frog, recommends a way to overcome procrastination is to do difficult tasks first.

This action he refers to as … eating that frog.

For me one of the frogs I choose to eat every morning is not directly business related but as it stops procrastination in it’s tracks I embrace it.

It’s … exercise … in particular running.

Even though I don’t always love it, I do it for the following three reasons.

#1 – It’s good for me

Sometimes things that are good for you don’t feel good.  It’s what Tony Robbins calls a ‘Class Two Experience’ … that is … it doesn’t feel good BUT it is good for you.  It’s easy to fall into the trap of wanting to experience the pleasure that comes from feeling good instead of the satisfaction that comes from feeling good about yourself.  Small distinction … huge difference!

#2 – It moves me from my head to my body

As a creative person, visualising how I want my life to look is easy and it feels good.  The problem is … because it feels good, it’s easy to use it as a form of procrastination.  The best way I’ve found to  ensure this doesn’t happen is to get up in the morning and go for a run.

#3 – It’s a workout for my mind

Within one hundred metres of my front door is a huge hill … so not only do I get my body moving … I get my mind into gear as well.  Sometimes knowing what lies in front of us can be a good thing, sometimes not so good.

Each morning as I approach the hill (sometimes even before I leave my front gate) I have to work at keeping my experiences of the past separate from my experience of the present.  I need to remind myself that because it hurt yesterday doesn’t mean it will hurt today.  Consciously working my mind in this way each morning sets me up to win when challenges arise in my business.

What I know for sure is …

When I stand triumphantly at the top of the hill, I am reminded of how strong, capable and resilient I am … it’s remembering this truth each morning that helps me to face my fears and take the necessary action to turn my dreams into reality.

So I’m curious …

What strategies do you use to stop yourself from procrastinating?

I’d love to know your secrets.

Please take a moment to share in the comments section below so we may continue to learn and grow together.

Lyndsey x

 

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