Procrastination. What are you waiting for??

Are you finding you are constantly getting ready? Always one more thing to do before it is done? Not even starting? More things to learn, to consider, to acquire, before you can act?

There is a time to DO. Things need not be 100%, or even 80% – in fact it seldom is. Successful people make decisions quickly and change their minds slowly – and they never wait until circumstances are perfect. They act when they know it is more beneficial to act than to wait, at any given point.

And do not confuse patience with in-action; it is an active “waiting”, not a passive one. Procrastinating on the other hand, is.

Having no choice is very painful. So act before you have no choice.

Here are a few pointers to recognise when, why you are procrastinating and how to break free of it:

Learn to trust your inner voice. I have often written about this, and, truth be told, yes sometimes it does lead us astray (when we confuse the inner voice with that little voice on our shoulder or with impulse!). However, the more we listen the better we will become at recognising a true calling. Learn to recognise it so you can follow it. (I get familiar physical sensations that I have come to recognise as my internal “radar of 80% readiness”).

Journal. We are human beings and often forget or fail to realise patterns. Journaling, apart from the tremendous healing power of writing down your thoughts and experiences, helps to detect and recognise our life paths and where we are not walking it. It provides clarity.

Are you using “perfectionism” as an excuse? Do not kid yourself. We are evolving creatures. What is “perfect” now may not be perfect later. Stop hiding behind that and rather make your actions more “perfect”. Ask yourself the question: Does it serve to wait? For what purpose? Get honest and get clear.

Understand why you are not acting. This is probably the single most important thing, and sometimes we need the objective perspective of a coach to see this, and help us to break through it. The duty of our subconscious is to protect us, and it will keep us in a comfort zone to do this. Is it fear? (It often is!) Baggage that you can’t let go of? A dead-end that you can’t seem to get out of? Awareness of the limiting belief is the first step to eliminate it.

Know that it sometimes takes courage. In the famous words of Nelson Mandela, “Courage is not the absence of fear, but the ability to act despite the fear.” And know that one action will lead to a next…and to a next…and to a next…That is the nature of growing, and learning. It is never our final action, until we die.

I’ll say it again. Having no choice is very painful. So act before you have no choice.

Until next time…there is something I need to do!

About the author:

Celeste Du Toit is a transformational life coach, NLP practitioner, inspirational speaker and healer. She is the founder of YES Paradigm Coaching, a provider of individual, group, professional and online coaching programs, workshops, and retreats.

She uses neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), powerful questioning techniques, and mindfulness and balancing techniques to help people move forward, develop their full potential, gain confidence, and reclaim their self-worth and joy.

Contact Celeste on celeste@yesparadigm.co.za  or 082 741 9578.