Source – J.Harriott and J.R.Ferrari: “Prevalence of procrastination among samples of adults’, Psychological Reports 78 (1996): 611 – 616.
Hey, I read this stuff, so you don’t have to!
Now the best definition of procrastination I’ve come across is this:
“It isn’t the same as laziness, being disorganised, or putting off boring chores. It’s an active avoidance strategy and because it’s usually rooted in the fear of failure, success, or loss of control, it most affects exactly those things that really matter to us, not the chores.” – Oliver Burkeman.
So you could look upon the procrastination you feel towards a particular task as being a signal it is of real importance to you.
Then you’d realise your resistance might be rooted in the fear of not doing a good enough job etc.
Sometimes simply being aware of what’s happening when you feel stuck can help you to get unstuck and move forwards.
But today I’d like to look at one of the biggest lies perpetuated by the self help guru’s that to be honest I find really, really annoying.
It’s the image portrayed about the kind of people who achieve goals and get things done.
That they’re oozing passion, enthusiasm and motivation from every pore.
That they leap out of bed every morning with a smile on their face and a song in their heart for what they’re going to do.
Do you want to know why this really frustrates me?
Well okay then.
It’s because it’s a lie.
The problem with this view is that you and I sit around waiting for that same ‘passion’, feeling, call it what you will, to move us to do what we want to do.
And because we don’t ‘feel it’ we don’t do it.
My research has shown that the people who succeed, those who gain mastery, in ANY activity are those who do what they do every day…
Whether they feel like doing it or not.
They don’t wait until passion, motivation or inspiration, moves them. They just do it.
Even when they don’t feel like it.
The truth about getting something done is that you don’t have to wait until you feel like doing it.
You don’t have to wait until you feel inspired to do your Qigong practice.
Just get up and do it.
This applies to everything.
Don’t think about it, just schedule it and do it. For example:
“Oh, it’s 8:45 pm time to do my practice.”
For the tool I use to overcome procrastination in everything I do, from bookkeeping to book writing and everything in between…
See page 100 of my book Smiling From The Heart.
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Have a fantastic weekend, whatever you’re doing and look out for a special announcement in Monday’s Qigong Daily.
Enjoy your practice (whether you feel like doing it or not!)