The_root_cause_for_procrastination by MarijanStefanovic

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									Title:
The root cause for procrastination.

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882

Summary:
Why is it that we as human beings often behave in ways that we don't
really want to? How often have you said or done something only to cringe
at the thought of it afterwards? The truth is that your behaviour is
mostly driven by your unconscious mind, especially behaviours that is
hard to explain from an intellectual point of view. Procrastination is
knowing what to do, having the ability and desire to do it, but still you
don't do it. Although there are many apparent causes for procrastination,


Keywords:
cause procrastination,procrastination,procrastinating


Article Body:
Why is it that we as human beings often behave in ways that we don't
really want to? How often have you said or done something only to cringe
at the thought of it afterwards? The truth is that your behaviour is
mostly driven by your unconscious mind, especially behaviours that is
hard to explain from an intellectual point of view. Procrastination is
knowing what to do, having the ability and desire to do it, but still you
don't do it. Although there are many apparent causes for procrastination,
the root cause for this illogical behaviour resides in your unconscious
mind.

Your conscious mind is very limited in its ability to deal with life.
That over which you have conscious control is mostly limited to one thing
at a time. This is why using your willpower to create any real change
rarely works long term. What you need to do is to change your automatic
behaviour which resides in your unconscious mind, that part of you that
controls all the vital function of your mind and body. You can try and
overcome procrastination by using willpower but it will usually be a
short term change. The cause for procrastination is not your conscious
actions, but your unconscious associations that is to a large extent
responsible for your behaviour.

Your nervous system is designed to preserve you and when fear presents
itself your nervous system, through the working of your sub-conscious,
will "kick in" to "protect you. The ironic thing is that we train
ourselves, unconsciously, to fear certain things by making false
associations about the meaning. Nothing in life has any meaning but the
meaning you give it. You literally create neurological links to
experiences that gets "stored" in your nervous system so that you can act
quickly and accordingly next time. Whenever something happens to you, you
assign a meaning to it by the way you communicate the experience to
yourself. Unconsciously you are always trying to establish meaning and at
a very basic level you are trying to establish whether something means
pain or pleasure. This meaning then gets stored in your unconscious mind
that will help you act (or re-act) appropriately in the future. The
challenge is that when associations are reinforced you build up beliefs
that will greatly influence your behaviour and is often the cause for
procrastination.

Although procrastination makes no sense intellectually it actually
reveals a lot about your unconscious and your self imposed limitations
and (in)abilities. The major cause for procrastination is fear, and more
specifically your fear that taking action will lead to pain or a painful
experience of some kind. At some level your unconscious mind combines and
searches it's "files" to come up with a "link" that associates the action
to a painful experience. This can range from something which is mildly
uncomfortable to something physically painful. Although you consciously
want to do something your unconscious will prevent you as it associates
pain to the action. As human beings we automatically reach for comfort
and will almost automatically reach for whatever feels comfortable in the
moment. This is why you often procrastinate on tasks that do not feel
good in the moment although it will mean much more pleasure in the
future.

Learning to push against this need for comfort is what creates all the
growth that is necessary for you to really produce results. When you
start to see procrastination as a blessing in disguise; you can start to
use it and embrace the behavioural insights it holds for you.
Procrastination reveals your fears and, quite by design, gives you the
necessary resistance needed to expand and grow in your capacity to push
past your fears and create the things you really want for your life. The
quality of your life is in direct proportion to the amount of
"discomfort" you can comfortably deal with. Procrastination can also shed
some light on the goals that you value most, as your concern over
procrastinating on it shows that some part of you care enough to be
concerned.

It's been said that first we form our habits and then our habits form us.
This is also true for habits of mind and procrastination often manifests
itself as a habitual pattern of thinking. Your thoughts lead to and help
create your actions. Like the engraved pattern on a record your behaviour
will "play the same tune" every time. Your associations to pain and
pleasure play an important part in your habitual behaviou r in that it
determines what you will or will not do. By repetition you form habitual
patterns of thinking that will cause you to automatically act or retract
in certain ways when your habit pattern gets triggered.

Being aware of your associations to pain and pleasure is critical in
dealing with the root cause of procrastination. There are many
symptomatic solutions that will not create a lasting result. Although you
have to use your willpower initially, your aim is to re -establish your
associations to the tasks you are avoiding. You can be, do or have
whatsoever your heart desires providing that you can overcome your self
imposed fears and take action. Although the real cause for
procrastination resides in your unconscious mind, you are ultimately in
control with your conscious actions.

								
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