We’ve all been there: we’ve vowed to start that diet – tomorrow! – and then continued chowing down on a salted caramel brownie. Or pronounced that we want to go back to the gym – next week! – and then vegged out on the couch watching Netflix the rest of the week. In the same way, you may have told yourself that you’ll think about starting that business, and quitting your job – next year!
It’s easy to commit to something that you think you want… but how do you stop procrastinating and finally start taking action?
First, let’s consider what procrastination looks like when it comes to a big career change. Do any of these sound familiar?
Clearly, any and all of these scenarios are frustrating – both because you won’t be making any progress as a result, and you’ll be staying stuck where you are, and that disconnect between where you are and where you want to be is painful; and because you’re effectively lying to yourself, to the point that you (subconsciously at least) stop believing that you will do anything different, thereby creating a self-fulfilling prophecy of not doing anything and therefore not getting any results.
Whatever the form it takes, ‘procrastination’ has almost become an acceptable excuse, as if putting a label on it justifies why you haven’t done anything. But really that label, and excuse, is hiding all manner of sins.
Procrastination might mean that…
Understanding the reasons behind your particular form of procrastination will help you silence your inner excuses and finally take decisive action.
If any of these scenarios sounds familiar, then fear not! There is hope. The first step is recognising that you are procrastinating and resolving to no longer use that as an excuse. Done!
Then, depending on which of the situations, or reasons for procrastinating, applies to you, there will be a different solution:
Ultimately, the key to stop procrastinating really is as easy as resolving to make a change – and then actually taking some kind of action to get unstuck and moving.
If you’re looking to do just that, determined now to take action, then this is the perfect opportunity! Join us in the upcoming Corporate Escape Plan workshop over in the Facebook group. It’s a free 5-day workshop during which I’ll help you pinpoint what’s holding you back and start working on a solution that will get you out of your comfort zone and into a place of inspiration, learning – and action.
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