How Procrastination Feeds Your Fear of Success – The enemy of all hopes and dreams is: Procrastination. And, here’s why: Procrastination feeds your fear of success and it’s based on fear and usually unfounded. But, not only does procrastination feeds your fear of success, it also feeds your fear of failure! Again, totally unfounded!
You can read 8 Reasons for Procrastination to see all 8 reasons and to figure out which you you may fall into.
What is the best thing you can do right now to stop Procrastination from feeding your fears? Take action right now. Taking action is the number one enemy of procrastination. When you’re moving toward your goals it’s difficult for procrastination to take hold and keep you back.
It’s natural to procrastinate when you’re afraid. Have you ever noticed that when it’s time to take action on your goals you tend to find something else to do?
Here’s an example:
Your goal is to get the laundry done. However, you have already allowed the laundry to pile up. So, instead of getting in there and getting the job done, you close the door. Why? You don’t think you can get it done in a reasonable amount of time.
So, with this example here is what you can do. To start, don’t try to get it all done now. Just sort the laundry and pull out the towels (I use towels because they are easy to fold and put away) and throw them in the washer and go back and put them in the dryer.
And, then the next day get the jeans and put them in the washer. And, you just continue until the laundry is done, or you have nothing to wear. Once you get the laundy under control, just do one load every day.
With other goals like starting a blog, writing a blog post or whatever your goal is – you may be afraid you’ll fail or get less done than expected, afraid because you don’t have the knowledge to perform, being uncomfortable or afraid to begin the success process. But, here’s the real kicker: How do you know it’s fear and not just plain laziness? Maybe you just don’t want to do the laundry or the blog or whatever your goal is.
There’s no doubt that fear of success causes you to procrastinate because you don’t feel you’re good enough and you’ve already put yourself in the failure category. But when you identify those fears and know them for what they are, you can overcome them with knowledge and common sense.
Once you see those fears for what they really are, you can eradicate them with information. You can also begin to take actions that will boost your self-confidence and help you meet goal after goal after goal.
Lack of motivation (like doing laundry!) for the task at hand can contribute to procrastination. What you have to do may take much of your time. You may have to give up some of the things you enjoy – such as free Saturdays to play golf or shop.
You’re not alone if you suffer from lack of motivation. Everyone feels it from time to time. But if the lack of motivation is keeping you from the success you always envisioned and you procrastinate rather than beginning a task, it’s time to address what you really want to do and find out why you have no motivation for it.
Also, check your attitude about doing what it takes to be successful. If you’re not giving yourself positive vibes, you’re likely going to procrastinate because you’re just not into what it’s going to take.
Reevaluate your goals for success and the steps needed to get there. Maybe you need to tweak the goals or take a completely new path. If you feel you don’t have enough information or feel you don’t have the skills to succeed, you may procrastinate because you don’t want to fail.
Knowledge will get you over that hurdle. Some training in the skills you want to develop will add so much to your self-confidence level and alleviate the need to procrastinate. Fight fire with fire by learning how to perform tasks well and you won’t be tempted to delay actions.
You get a payoff for the procrastination because it acts as protection against failure. Remember, you don’t have to be perfect to be successful. Although procrastination may prevent you from actual failure, not trying at all will leave you unfulfilled.
You’ll never know if you were good enough to learn something or complete a task because you never tried. That procrastination can haunt you forever and lead you to believe you’re not worthy of success.
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