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One Practice to Overcome Procrastination What If There Were No What If’s

Some “What if’s” of Procrastination

We all know about the “what if’s.”

  • I have enough time to get this done.
  • Tomorrow is a better time.
  • What will I do, say, be, look like, etc.
  • What if I’m not doing the right thing?
  • What if it doesn’t happen – then what?
  • Feel free to fill in your own what ifs.

What if’s hold us back from moving forward and getting into action to accomplish what we say we want – to accomplish our goals.  The “what ifs’” are one of the primary reasons we may find ourselves procrastinating even though we don’t know why.

First, remember to be kind to yourself.  Why?  You are not procrastinating on purpose.  Understand that in so many cases procrastination is happening to you.  It is happening to you on an unconscious level.  It’s only after the fact that you can realize – I can’t get started.  You are left to suffer, get frustrated and wonder why.  When this happens it makes complete sense to do something that is more pleasurable.  Wouldn’t you rather be doing something that is not boring?

When this happens you can find yourself in a negative self-talk loop. There are times you simply cannot do anything. Under stress your brain chemistry is imbalanced.  Bam! Brain freeze!

Procrastination is the result of avoidance, and both the result of and driver of anxietyAnxiety associated with procrastination continues to fester and grows over time. Anxiety can become so uncomfortable that we seek relief for it, hoping there is some better way to tolerate things left undone. If you are fighting against this condition, check out this new cbd oil to deal with your anxiety.

“People have a tendency to remain the same until they can isolate and recognize what it is they want to change”.

It’s the unconscious part that we must practice to identify by becoming aware of the various and specific situations we encounter that has procrastination getting in our way.  This takes a new set of skills for looking and listening and, in short, observing our behavior without any criticism. We need to learn the skill of debating and questioning. Our goal is the eventual state with humility and dignity – “There it is again.  What’s going on? Where did that come from?  OK! Let’s move on. Who can I call who can help me through this? What could I be doing differently?”

Frank Coppola from Get Into Action – 8 Simple Steps to Overcome Procrastination

By Frank Coppola

My name is Frank Coppola MA, ODC, ACG and I have a passion for personal and professional coaching, with a specialization in people with ADD. I find it gratifying working with adults - parents, entrepreneurs, couples and educators - with and without ADD. I believe firmly that the only thing wrong with ADD is not knowing you have it! Once properly diagnosed and properly coached, people with ADD have unique advantages waiting to be appreciated by themselves and others.

I am an ADD Benefit’s Coach & Trainer. In a world designed by people with invisible challenges like ADD, we can sometimes feel misplaced. I love helping others understand and appreciate how their “unique brain wiring” can actually be their strongest friend and ally. We work together to uncover your talents and maximize your strengths so you can take full advantage and benefit from your ADD.