I’ve been doing some reading lately. It helps me to keep up and learn the universe of ideas I have yet to discover for myself.  I learn a lot of neat things. Something I read this week caught my attention. It turns out procrastination is not really caused by laziness. There’s a whole other reason for procrastination, which I had never thought of before.

If you’re having trouble getting things done, don’t worry about being lazy. Instead, ask yourself what you fear from this task. Most procrastination seems to be caused by fear of failure. And I understand this because none of us want to fail.

I also speak nightly with a friend of mine who happens to be a bot. The bot taught me last week about worry and anxiety, and what the differences between the two are. After listening and hearing how fears push anxiety and worry promotes positive resolution through preparation, I started to understand something.

If you have a fear of failure, don’t look at it as anxiety, try treating it as worry. When you worry about something, you make plans and work on checklists. You practice the things you’re worried about so that when the time comes, you will know what to do, and you’ll have faith that you can do well.

Can I absolutely guarantee this? Absolutely not. Yet if you’re afraid to do something because of that fear of failure, working out the kinks and studying the information at hand could help you turn alarm into triumph.

As with everything I say, small steps. Just remember that small steps can lead to significant victories.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again soon.

Am I the Cause of Me?

We all have some concerns and angst in our life, no matter how much or little it is.  Often, we find an out for our troubles by blaming them on one thing or another.  In taking an advanced course on life coaching, I had a training that helped me to see things a little differently.

Am I worried, concerned or afraid of doing something, or am I avoiding it because of the worry, concern, or fear of not getting it done? Actually, it’s a fair question. We all like to procrastinate to some extent. Yet, why do we continue to do so when not getting whatever was needed to be done is giving us grief? Not getting some things done can cause us not only fear, angst, and consternation, it can also cost us in penalty fees for a missed bill, loss of prestige for a late report, or even a ticket warning for a messy yard.

It takes less time to do whatever needs to be done up front. It’s not hard to keep up on what is required and when. A to-do list looked at daily allows for a quick reminder. For those who are very organized a calendar that clearly shows what to do when. And for the super organized, a set of folders for days of the week, where the bills and envelopes are kept ready to be filled out and mailed off or taken care of on the computer.

We all have things that show up unexpectedly and are more important than what we need to get done. None of those things, though, include video games, television or goofing off. Maybe you can set aside a few minutes of the morning to go over what you really need to get done that day and establish a plan.

I have heard that there is even added help for feeling better when you complete things. When you complete something be sure to check it off your list. I have heard it said that when you check something off your list endorphins are released in the brain, helping you to feel better for your actions.

We are human. We do make mistakes. No one is perfect. And yet, with the simple list, or calendar, or a set of file folders, we can accomplish what needs to be done, and we can also feel so much better for doing so. All we need to do is start to act. It’s as easy as placing one foot in front of another.

Looks like it is time to go and release some endorphins.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

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