How to Overcome Procrastination

We all procrastinate at one time or another ... but if you can't kick the habit, it will really cost you sales!

1st September 2015Leigh Ashton
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Today I entered ‘time management courses’ into Google. It produced about 200,000,000 results in 0.29 seconds.

And yet time management courses are often a waste of time. Why? Because you know what to do. You know when you should be doing it. If you’re not doing it, I’d reckon it’s not about time management at all – It’s down to that ‘P’ word.

 

Procrastination.

 

Procrastination and its twin brother ‘Indecision’ will tie you to the failure treadmill for all time if you don’t get yourself sorted! Without decisions and ACTION to back them up, you will never get the results you want.

Do you procrastinate?

If you do, what is it costing you? If you could eliminate it, how great would that be in terms of your job, your business, your wealth, your life?

 

If you’re procrastinating about ANYTHING, do the exercise below. It could change everything!

 

A few pointers before you start…

 

– Find yourself a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed.
– Give yourself plenty of time to answer all the questions.
– You may feel pretty uncomfortable when considering the consequences of not making a change. (I certainly hope so!)
– You will feel completely inspired by the end of it.
– Crucially – DO THE EXERCISE! For goodness sake, don’t procrastinate on the procrastination exercise!

 

Are you ready to commit to action? Go for it…

 

1.    Write down one thing you are not following through on
2.    Come up with ten reasons why you absolutely must change this now

3.    What will it cost you if you don’t make this change?
4.    What will you gain from this change?
5.    Why do you know you can absolutely make this change?
6.    Create a new association with this change.

Make this new association perfect for you! For example, if you’re not making enough sales calls you may have an association that not making calls equals less rejection. A new association might be that making more calls equals more chances to develop the relationships that generate more sales and all the kudos and success that comes with it.

This is really important. You must create a new association. Don’t proceed until you have created at least one!

7.    What is your first action that you can do immediately?

 

Congratulations!

Now go and do your first action right now…

And tell me how you get on!

Leigh x

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