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Ask Brett: Dealing with Procrastination in Achieving Goals

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Every week I answer questions from readers who are working through the programs in my books. If you would like to submit a question, please use the link at the bottom of this post.

Question: I procrastinate a lot but I know I need to make changes now. What can I do to stay motivated?

- Dan from Wyoming, USA

Procrastination can often be a result of a deeper fear or trepidation about making the change. When we are nervous or scared to change, or to confront issues in our life, it is easy to procrastinate. That said, motivation must come from within. When we rely on external sources to motivate us, our efforts to change don’t last.

When you start to feel as though you are procrastinating, do the following:

Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Do I want to make this change?
  2. Am I fearful of making the change? If so, is this why I’m procrastinating?Our ability to stay motivated with any change relies on our deep passion and desire to make the change in the first place.

Our ability to stay motivated with any change relies on our deep passion and desire to make the change in the first place.In the first step of A Whole New You, you were to identify the signs that signal you need change. The most important component of this exercise was to hone in, specifically, to the emotional signs. The more you can tap into the emotional side of your journey, the more you will stay motivated to continue.

Do your best to keep the process fun. If you aren’t having fun with it, you’ll get bored or frustrated. Reward yourself as you get through each step of the process and find ways to keep it enjoyable. Although rewards shouldn’t be the primary driver, they are an important part of your plan, because they promote acknowledgment and appreciation for the work and effort you put into your goals.

Build In Time Required: Making time to achieve your goals and follow your path is a must for success. Change is going to take some effort, and it will require commitment and dedication. Build in the time you need, to make sure you don’t short change your vision and plan.

Remove Negative Obstacles: Our past negative experiences can cause us to think that we can’t do things when in actuality we can. This kind of thinking can be one of our biggest saboteurs, undermining our ability to make change.

Develop Your Support Network: Although motivating yourself is key, building a support network to help you “cross the finish line” can be beneficial too. Further, when we inform others of our intentions, it gives us a stronger sense of accountability.

Create A Motivational Toolbox: Creating a personal motivational toolbox will provide you with tools that appeal to your emotional side, and encourage and inspire you when you feel less than excited about the changes you want to make. Some ideas: personal affirmations, a vision board, and asking yourself simple questions, such as, “Will I make healthy choices today?”, “Will I find my dream job today?” or “Will I have a positive outlook today?” which helps to keep you accountable.

Fake It Until You Make It: See yourself as the changed person you want to be. The more you think of yourself in a certain way, the more you will be a certain way.

Don’t Be Hard on Yourself: If things don’t go as planned or you find yourself missing target dates within your plan, don’t be too hard on yourself. This promotes negative thinking. Instead, try to stay light and positive.

A Whole New YouDo you also struggle with procrastination? Tackle procrastination and other roadblocks to personal transformation and change with A Whole New You: Six Steps to Ignite Change for Your Best Life.

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