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Hi guys, can you believe that we’ve been away for quite a while now, I honestly apologise for not bei g present last week. I was on a very long road trip of 456.6 miles (10hours), so the cellular service was not quite steady, so I decided to save it for today. I definitely missed you guys.
So let’s jump right into it…….
PROCRASTI – WHAT???? (NO, NO, NO) 🙅♂️🙅♀️
Perhaps the best way to overcome procrastination is to procrastinate procrastinating. Needless to say I have been a victim of procrastination. Time and time again I have talked myself out of procrastination yet, like a bat out of hell, I constantly find myself doused in the infinite cycle that decimates the quality of my life; procrastination.
Before you get hard on yourself; it is in human nature to procrastinate. ABRAHAM MASLOW put it better than I ever could when he said: “We are generally afraid to become that which we can glimpse in our most perfect moments.”
Procrastination is as a result of the fear imbued within us. It could be fear of failure, fear of incapability, fear of criticism or fear of rejection (you name them). One of my greatest epiphanies is from Napoleon Hill’s book―Think and Grow Rich. The book is emphatic on the fact that, fear just like happiness or sadness, is a state of mind created by how we process and interpret the events in our lives. We tend to brood over trifling thoughts that in turn create a deluded clairvoyance, convincing us that we may not be as good as we think to perform a task or we may actually be better than we think and hence can afford to put off a task till the last minute.
If you ask anyone who the fastest learners in the world are, they will definitely tell you kids; that goes without question. Think about it, kids will get their tasks done immediately whether it is playing outside or learning how to walk, they will do it without hesitance; fall seven times and still move on with the task at hand. Now that I think of it, I realize that my two year old nephew rarely procrastinates… okay perhaps only when it’s time for him to take his meals (chuckles) and even then, he will quickly master incentives, devour his meal and head out to play. Unlike us, kids have learnt to be comfortable in their own skin, unafraid of being judged, failing or laughed at, they have endeavored to procrastinate procrastinating.
I know you might be thinking, “GREENCIRCLE”, the title reads, 3 ways to combat procrastination and win, surely acting like my 4 year old self isn’t one of them is it?” Fear not, it isn’t. However, developing a childlike mindset may do you a great deal in conjunction with these 3 easy ways.
1. JUST START
I have often heard people claim that they are yet to start a particular task simply because they are perfectionists and are probably waiting for the perfect time; perhaps when they get the best equipment or when they are not too ‘busy’ to focus on the task. Such a thought paradigm is a delusion in all manner because, perfectionism is actually the consistent yet steady growth to perfection. Meaning that if you are indeed a perfectionist, you understand that in order to reach “perfection” you have to start at a lower level then gradually work toward the top.
So the “perfectionism” ideology has become an alibi for many. In all honesty, we are not practicing perfectionism; we succinctly are afraid to start simply because we are overwhelmed by the size of the job whether consciously or sub-consciously.
According to a research carried out in 1920 by a young Russian psychology graduate named Bluma Zeigarnik; she found out that, starting any activity causes your mind to experience some kind of psychic anxiety until the activity has been completed. Which explains why as students we are able to retain what we have revised for a paper and forget everything immediately we leave the exam room. What happens is that, once you start studying for a paper, your mind will automatically be in corporation until the task ahead (In this case the paper) is complete.
So start that project even if “just for a few minutes,” you will immediately get the urge to see the project through to completion.
2. DOUBLE THINKING.
I am sure you have heard about the power of visualization, matter of fact Albert Einstein said it best, verbatim; “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
Many of the world’s top performers, have credited their success to the power of imagination and visualization. They were able to visualize their endgame at the very preliminary stages of their success odyssey. But visualize your best self is only one part of the process, in fact people who only imagine their best selves or endgame success are highly susceptible to procrastination because of fairly to understand the double thinking phenomenon.
Double thinking simply means that, as much as you are envisioning yourself at your primal genius or ultimate success, you also need to envision the step by step process by which you will hit the nail by its head. Succinctly, learn to visualize yourself putting in the actual work meant to steer you to achieving your goal.
3. HAVE A BENEFICIARY
I have recently become a follower of Jim Kwik’s life tenets and one of them is; when you are doing something—a task or simply waking up in the morning―ask yourself; ‘who is counting on me to win today?’
As social beings we tend to perform a task better when we know that someone will benefit out of it. It is in our nature to simply do good for people, and that’s why it feels bad when we are wronged or when we wrong others, but let me not get tangential.
A beneficiary could be anyone including yourself; studying for your end of term paper will not only benefit you but also your parents. Imagine the big smiles on their faces upon seeing your results, as a matter of fact you will be their reason to be joyful and thus improving their vitality which will in turn cascade to long life full of bliss, I could go on and on but I trust you get the point.
If the goal you are procrastinating on does not befit that of a charity where people benefit directly, no fret, draw back home; because you my friend are a beneficiary, in fact, the universe will benefit if you simply offer it your best self.
So, if you have to procrastinate, then procrastinate procrastinating.
“Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.” …
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