- revisit your commitment. Are you more committed to your fear or your goal? Your action or inaction will give you the answer.
- do something, especially if everything isn’t perfect. Wanting things to be perfect is often what drives procrastination. Take a risk.
- If you’re more committed to your goal, make a public declaration. For example, when I was writing my eBook, 52 Ways to Practice Self-Care and Create More Joy in Your Life, I was procrastinating on finishing it, so I made a public declaration to finish my book by a specific date. That way, I was facing my fear and fulfilling my dream at the same time.
- share your fears with someone you can trust so you can get support and connect on a deeper level.
|When you are INTERESTED in a goal:||When you are COMMITTED to a goal:|
|Obstacle||You tend to make excuses when faced with obstacles. This can result in procrastination. Perhaps you feel paralyzed by fear, you don’t know what to do or you don’t feel confident to figure it out.||You are RESILIENT. You tend to plan for obstacles because you know they are a part of your journey. You have the FLEXIBILITY to change your course of action so you can continue to make progress. You have a high ‘bounce back’ ability and you learn from the experience.|
|Action||You take action when it’s convenient or when you ‘feel like it.’ You may have a plan, but you aren’t consistent with taking action. You may also find that you confuse ‘planning to prepare to take action’ with actually taking action. For example, you read about being a coach or versus coaching clients.||You have SELF-DISCIPLINE. You tend to do what needs to get done when it needs to get done. In other words, you have a high degree of INTEGRITY around taking action on your plan. You choose to be productive instead of choosing to procrastinate.|
- What do you really want? Answer this question honestly so you can truly discern what you want. Also, make sure you look beneath the surface of your answer by asking yourself ‘why’ after you write down what you want. Think of it like peeling the layers of an onion - you want to get to the center because that’s where the truth lives.
- What will you say ‘yes’ to and what will you say ‘no’ to? Achieving any goal requires that you make tough choices about how you spend your resources (ex. time, money and energy). Make a list of what you will say ‘yes’ to and what you will say ‘no’ to. You will also be challenged to go outside of your comfort zone - this requires that you call upon courage and confidence. Are you up for the challenge?
- What will you do? It’s time to take a stand for what you want. This is your opportunity to make a firm decision to either stay interested or to step up and make a commitment. What is your decision?