How to Defeat Procrastination
"The best way to get something done is to begin" - Author Unknown
There are lots of reasons people procrastinate. Therapists may say you
fear failure, feel insecure, or are a great escape artist. Acting like an
ostrich and burying your head in the sand, pretending what you need to do
will just go away if you ignore it long enough prevents you from enjoying
If you have ever wanted to cure yourself of this nagging habit and find a
remedy for getting things done in a timely fashion, the following
technique will surprise you and give you the desired results. If you have
never done this before, this is what's called visualization.
You will be amazed at how much you will achieve and the speed with which
you will succeed when you see yourself going through the motions. This is
a powerful tool. Your ability to reach a deep level of concentration
depends on your ability to relax and keep your mind from distracting
Put yourself in a comfortable position, sit in a chair or lie down with
your eyes closed. Focus on relaxing all of your muscles, beginning with
your toes all the way up to your face. Breathe naturally through your
nose and as you exhale silently state a word or phrase to keep your mind
from wandering off. This will make you relaxed and with practice every
day you should be able to return quickly to this relaxed state.
Now that you're relaxed think about the task you want to complete and
focus only on that. Visualize the tools you will need to gather or the
people to whom you will need to speak to, to finish your task. Form
mental images of yourself and walk yourself through all the steps
necessary in vivid detail to complete whatever it is you are postponing.
Take yourself down each mental path until you have reached the desired
outcome and it is finished.
When you resume your activity you will find yourself doing exactly what
you pictured in your mind's eye. Now treat yourself for a job well done.
Congratulations, you are going down the right path toward conquering
If you make a habit of visualizing yourself doing the things that you
ordinarily put off, you'll be amazed at how much you can accomplish with
no more procrastination.
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