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Procrastination

Procrastination
 

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Tigger is on the side of happy! He’s going-for-it!

Procrastination does not keep him down.

If procrastination is preventing you from being happy, if it is hindering you from doing the things you want to do—how will you get rid of it?

The Positivity Blog addresses this age-old-problem.

One way is to face your fear.

Denis Waitley says, “Procrastination is the fear of success. People procrastinate because they are afraid of the success that they know will result if they move ahead now. Because success is heavy, carries a responsibility with it, it is much easier to procrastinate and live on the ‘someday I’ll’ philosophy.”

Henriette Anne Klauser, author of Writing on Both Sides of the Brain, says procrastination is a form of resistance. Resistance is something we do when we do not feel safe. Find out what it is that makes you feel unsafe, and you will destroy your resistance to writing. You are free to make choices. Ms. Klauser states that Resistance ALWAYS has meaning!

So spend some quiet time determining the true reason you are pushing against doing the thing you want to do. Why do you resist working on any given project?

I dreaded writing this post, not because I didn’t want to write it, but I worried over how to work with the perimeters for inserting a picture. It may sound silly—but there it is.

In my writing, Klauser’s insightful words have helped me overcome my resistance of dealing with the hundreds of pages I have to revise. They have helped me finish the outline for a new book I’m writing, and they have even helped me tackle home projects.

What do you have brewing in the back of your mind? Something you are putting off, waiting—hoping that something will come along to fix it, that this something or some thought might magically appear so you can happily move forward?

If you are plagued with procrastination and need some useful advice, there are many good blogs to read. Below are a couple that you may find helpful—who knows? You only need the right words said the right way to motivate yourself.

Mind Tools–Beating Procrastination

Seekerville–Getting a Handle on Procrastination

In order to move forward, I believe we have to figure out the reason why we prolong doing particular “jobs.” Once we solve this problem, we will be able to get our work done on time and enjoy life more freely.

One of my most favorite and relied upon Bible quotes that encourages me when I can’t motivate myself is “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

Procrastination cup

How do you handle procrastination?

  1. Jenny Carlisle03-10-15

    That’s a new thought. If I am putting off doing something, what am I afraid of? It helps to identify our stumbling blocks, so we can use them for launching ramps!
    Thanks for the great post, Ms. Cove.

    • Avery03-11-15

      Jenny, I found that using this technique I was able to get away from the negative thoughts rolling around in my head by focusing on possible reasons for my procrastination. I highly recommend reading the book, Writing on Both Sides of the Brain. It was recommended to me by another author (Cheryl St. John). Klauser offers many good ideas on ways to combat the brain’s creativeness to keep us from accomplishing our goals.

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