“I’ll start my diet on Monday”.
“I’ll give up smoking in the new year”.
“I’ll start my business when the market picks up”.
“I’ll write that book one day”
“I’ll do it once I’ve got all the plans in place”
There will always be a reason why today is not a good day to start. However, there will always be a better reason why today is exactly the day you should start.
There’s a big difference in putting off cleaning the oven because you don’t enjoy it and putting off something that will have a significant impact on your life. So when it comes to those big changes you need to stop procrastinating, stop making excuses and start making things happen.
Easier said than done you might think, but what is it that is really stopping you? For some of us it’s fear of failing. For some it’s lack of confidence. Maybe you just don’t know where to start or think you don’t have the required skills.
Don’t let these things restrict you. Confidence can be built, skills can be learnt and fear can be overcome. If you can identify what is holding you back then you can work out what you need to do to eliminate the problem.
You don’t need to face these problems alone either. Seek out people who can teach you skills, spend more time with people who make you feel confident and talk to someone about your fears.
Break down your goal into manageable steps and take them one at a time. You don’t have to do everything at once but you do have to do something if you want to achieve anything at all.
Avoid distractions. We often let other things side track us from what we really want or what we should be doing. Sometimes this is because we don’t really enjoy the task at hand so we let ourselves be distracted. Sometimes it’s because we are just looking for excuses not to start something big.
It’s very easy to let others get in the way of what we want. We often put our friends, parents, partners or children before ourselves. Of course we have to consider others but we also need to prioritise ourselves sometimes too. Talk to these people about what you want to achieve and get them to support you.
You need to start being your own salesperson. Persuade yourself to invest in yourself. Start focussing on the reasons why you should do something rather than all the reasons you can’t. Talk yourself in to doing it instead of out of it.
Whenever you hear yourself making those excuses for not starting something remember this: if you start working towards your goal today then you’ll be one step closer tomorrow.
If you would like help overcoming procrastination, building your confidence or achieving a goal then get in touch. I empower people to take control of their life and business. Stop putting off your dream until tomorrow and contact me today.