People often find it very depressing that they never reach their goals or live their dreams because they’re being held back by their own procrastination.
They tell you that they want to be successful, but most people have a hard time finding that drive to act and follow through on their plans to achieve what they want in life.
“The hard truth is that you are what you do and not what you say you will do.”
Don’t just say you’re dreaming about starting your own online business and complain about it if all you do is fall down in front of the TV every night after work.
Here, I have put together three of the most successful methods to overcome your procrastination, take the bull by the horns and make your dreams a reality.
1. The Goldilocks principle
When you start setting your goals and lay out your tasks, be practical about it.If the journey is too difficult or involves too many areas you are not yet familiar with, you may feel overwhelmed, and you end up avoiding it altogether. Then again, if the assignment for the day is too easy, you won’t have the motivation to go for it.
This is where the Goldilocks strategy comes in. The concept of "just the right amount" is widely applied to a range of disciplines, including developmental
psychology, biology, astronomy, economics and engineering.
If you can make the work not too difficult, not too easy, but just right for you then you’ll find it much easier to reach your goals.
Sometimes those baby steps are what you need to make sustainable progress.
2. Find the drive in your purpose
Some people are much more motivated to work than others. They are the ones that work harder, stay later and normally have no problem finding the balance. It all comes down to their purpose.
A morbidly obese individual who finds it hard to change his lifestyle will try and fail many times and eventually just give up while his health keeps deteriorating. Until one day he is diagnosed with diabetes, high blood pressure and the works. His doctor warns that he runs a high risk of not living to see his children grow up and suddenly he has all the motivation he needs to eliminate his toxic relationship with food from his life.
When you have a strong and emotional reason to do something, you will have the fuel that motivates you to take action and move forward. When you are just interested and have no clear reasons, you will only do what is convenient. A strong purpose will see you committed and doing whatever it takes to succeed.
Thus, you need to revisit your purpose…
Why do you want to achieve your goals?
Why do you want to live your dreams?
Why do you want to work more and take action?
Why can’t you rest and procrastinate?
“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” – John F. Kennedy
3. Develop habits
People that are successful in reaching their goals and living their dreams are capable of working on their dreams come rain or shine. This is because they have built a ritual around their work and made it into a daily habit. The process has become the ritual, and they will work on it whether they feel like it or not. It is the same chain reaction we teach our young children to become well-adjusted people in society. Before you eat you need to wash your hands and after you’ve eaten, you pack away the dishes.
Create a ritual that you will follow through each day. For example: After waking in the morning, go to the kitchen and drink a glass of water. After that go for a walk, a jog or do some Yoga. When you return, sit down with your cup of coffee and jot down your to-do list for the day.
It is a chain reaction and there is a cue for every action. When everything is in position, you will make it into a ritual and eventually, it will become a habit that will keep you moving whether you like it or not. Think about how you want your mornings to be. What about the afternoon and evening?
Remember, it is our habits that shape our lives and our destiny and what you do every day is more important than what you do every now and then.
Create your rituals right now and start following through to reach your goals and live the life you want.
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