Procrastination. The dictionary defines it as: the action of delaying or postponing something; to put off till another day or time; defer; delay. In reality is shows up as a pain in the a** for entrepreneurs and budding business owners.
We have all of these great big ideas for our business, new ways to help clients, reach more people, help the world, etc…. and for most coaches I know CREATING and DREAMING up the idea is the EASY part. The hard part is actually making it happen. Something stops us. Something gets in the way. We have a million different amazing ideas but most end up staying in our heads without action. This, my friends, is procrastination.
Procrastination shows up in many different forms – doing chores, watching TV, surfing the web, Facebook, mindless tasks, organizing, working on the easy stuff and nothing that actually will help you move forward in you biz. All things that keep you from doing the actual thing that will give you what you want.
The thing is YOU HAVE GREAT IDEAS. Imagine how things would be going for you if they all came through full fruition. The problem is you are getting stopped up somewhere. And to be honest, it can be scary all alone with a big idea. If feels expansive but almost TOO big for you to do on your own. You get overwhelmed and eventually give up, stop paying attention or move on to the next thing. But, do you know the best way to eat an elephant? ONE BITE AT A TIME (Creighton Abrams).
The KEY is to take your big idea (and I believe you have a great one) and break it down into well thought out action oriented steps. Now this IS the hard part. It takes time, patience and practice. I have spent the past 10 years in self motivation and action oriented success and procrastination still gets in the way. But the thing to know about procrastination is that it is a sign of RESISTANCE. I found that the book “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield, explains resistance the best: “The more you love your art/calling/enterprise, the more important its accomplishment to the evolution of your soul, the more you will fear it and the more Resistance you will experience facing it.” This is hands down the truth and I have seen it every time my friends, colleagues and peers experience procrastination.
The good news is now you know. This concept is brought to your consciousness. Once you understand procrastination is a sign of resistance you can PUSH THROUGH that resistance because you know that you are on to something really big and beautiful. You just have to get to that other side.
So next time you experience or notice yourself procrastinating, re-evaluate. What do you need to do to stay on course and take inspired action forward. Even if it is a small bite from the big “elephant” idea, the key is to keep moving forward.
NOW YOU – how does procrastination show up in your life or business? Please leave a comment below, I would love to hear from you.
I love the book “The war of art” and the quote you share is a great reminder. Procrastination is why I get someone to hold me accountable to what I’m doing – that way I have no choice but to face it 🙂
Accountability IS key! Noticing the procrastination and then pushing through it really helps get you to the other side. 🙂
Procrastination shows up for me. when I;m up against something that might “expose” me or that I might get judged for so I’ll find that I distract myself with email, a snack, facebook….anything really. As soon as I noticed it though I force myself to start with just one small portion. It’s really helpful! Thanks for the great post Gina!!
Oh my goodness…..you have no idea how close this hit to home for me! I’m the procrastinating QUEEN! Especially right at the moment.
I’m about to jump out in a leap of faith….but I’m afraid. Afraid of what it will bring….afraid of what it won’t bring….afraid of mistakes…..and so I’m procrastinating.
Hi Robin, so happy this hit home to you. Jumping out in a leap of faith does take a lot of courage but remember that if it feels really important to you that the fear WILL be stronger. Push through the fear and do it anyways because what you want is exactly on the opposite side. Remember this: there is no such thing as failure, only feedback! You can do this, just break it down into little baby steps so it is not as scary.
What a great article Gina! It is so true. Even one roadblock can freeze that forward momentum. Procrastination is the biggest hurdle for most people. I see it in my clients. I think that’s why they invented the word “deadlines” so everyone can wait until the last minute to get it done.
hi Karen! Yes, deadlines definitely help. Sometimes we even have to set our own deadlines to keep us on track. 🙂