Procrastination is the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday. – Napoleon Hill

We all know what this is…

I doubt that there is one person alive who has not at some point in their lives procrastinated. That time when you did not really want to do something, but you knew that you had to, so you left it until later to do, then when it came round again for your attention,, you found something else trivial and unimportant to do instead of then thing you were supposed to be doing!

Yes, we have all been there!

Think back to the last time you procrastinated. Go to a moment tor two before you put off doing what ever it was that you were supposed to do. What was your emotion in that moment just before you gratefully decided to put something off?

Every action that we perform, be it good, bad, mundane, exciting or routine is specifically motivated by an expected result, and that expected result is motivated by an emotion of some sort.

As you observe that moment in time just before you procrastinated, you will find an emotion. I have just done this for myself. My issue was putting off cold calling clients to sell them my stress course. My emotions were FEAR, EXCITEMENT, ANTICIPATION.

Briefly analyse those emotions for yourself. For my issue, this is what I found;

FEAR – I was shy, did not want to be rejected, fear of failure.

EXCITEMENT – It is an emotional challenge to cold call people because if the un known and unexpected.

ANTICIPATION – I was anticipating the hormonal rush resulting from fear and excitement. If I fulfilled my task, I would no longer have that mini emotional high!

As soon as you have an understanding of why you feel a specific emotion or set of emotions causing your procrastination , you can use them in your favour or change them. I have decided to use the above information to schedule an hour a week to enjoy my emotions. This will motivate me to call more clients and close more sales, and I get the emotional rush!

Look at your life and see where you can use your procrastination to learn and grow!





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