Negative thoughts leads to procrastination
Did you know that how you feel is a direct result of how you think? And what you think is a direct result of what you believe? And what you believe is what creates your actions?
Negative thoughts are destructive; they bring you down and keep us stuck in mediocre. It is normal to have negative thoughts from time to time, however a continuous negative thought pattern will then keep us stuck in the mud of feeling not good enough, not smart enough, not capable, and the list goes on. It is a vicious cycle.
Negative thoughts can cause us to procrastinate because we may be thinking, “ah, what’s the use anyway!” Procrastination, fear, negative thoughts, they are all actions that cripple us and lower our self-confidence, energy, productivity and end results.
Like fear, there are certain triggers that cause us to procrastinate, here’s a list of 5 of them:
· The task appears boring or pointless
· The task appears overwhelming
· The task involves a possible confrontation
· You don’t know how to proceed
· You are afraid of failing
The solution is to understand what your trigger is and create a blueprint (action plan) around that trigger to follow through and get the job done. I know because I used to procrastinate often until I understood this. Now that I create a blueprint, I am more confident and get results. Negative thoughts and procrastination no longer take over.
Here are some tips for doing so:
· Focus on starting rather than finishing and get started to get it done
· Break it down into chunks and set mini deadlines to get it done
· Work on it 15 mins at a time and get it done – do not underestimate the accumulative effects of 15 minutes several times a day every day
· Visualize what it will feel like when you have finished the task – then get it done to feel the reward
· Ask for help to get it done (Really, ask for help? Yes, ask for help)
· Consider what it’s costing your social life, work life, happiness, etc by not doing it and get it done
Bottom line, if we do not understand our thought patterns to move past the procrastination, we suffer. We do not get things done which in turn brings more negative thoughts and around and around we go.
If you have found the above points interesting and would like to know more about the process I used to remove negative thoughts and procrastination, please contact me.
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