The thought of change or acquiring what we want taking months and years can feel devastating. If we get too disillusioned about our results, we fall back into old patterns and habits.
A habit is simply the behavior that’s repeated over and over until it becomes an integral part of who we are and how we do things. Habits could become our masters if we allow them. We can become slaves to habits and they work against us but only if we allow them.
One such debilitating habit is procrastination.
A lot has been written about procrastination. And I’m sure you’ve reminded yourself over and over about how you “must” get things done.
Procrastination occurs when those justifying thoughts creep in and convince you of the dire need to procrastinate. So how can you catch those thoughts?
Before we go into the action steps, here’s an example.
A client of mine wanted to write a book. She knew the value of becoming an author. It would certainly increase her exposure and bring in more income. But she postponed the project for years.
When I asked her why, she said she didn’t have time because she travelled and when she was home, her focus was her family.
I asked her why she didn’t write when she was away.
She said she was tired after travel and meetings.
I asked her why she didn’t get up a little earlier and write.
She asked me why I was so intent on her writing a book!
We both laughed.
She realized what she just said and sheepishly admitted she was stuck in being stuck.
After all, she realized she did want to write a book, however, she fell into the habit of using excuses as obstacles to getting started.
What she also realized in that moment was she was finally heard and that set a different intention for her. She knew I heard her – she finally heard herself!
Hopefully you have someone who hears you. If you can’t quite grasp your own thoughts, a little trick is to say your thoughts out loud as you're deciding on a project or intention. You'll be surprised to hear what comes out your mouth.
Procrastination can be very, very tricky.
The following action step is designed to ground and reduce the procrastination energy that seems to take over whenever a project looms.
Let’s start with an easy meditative exercise which will become your new every day morning habit.
1. Find a comfortable chair and quite space. Receive a few deep breaths and scan your body. How are you doing right now?
2. Call your energy into the center of your head. Imagine that the centre of your head is clean and spacious. Open into the stillness or the light there. Clean out the center of your head with a golden sponge to clear out any thoughts, cobwebs, images.
3. Now imagine a column of gold falling from about 15 feet above your head. Connect in with that gold (like your personal sunshine). Bring it through your entire body.
4. Put down a grounding cord. Here's how. Imagine you have an energetic stream or imagine it a tree trunk or whatever works for you, connected from your tail bone to the center of the earth. Ground off energies those no longer serve you. Allow gravity to do its work.
5. Fill up your body and around you with gold.
6. Open your eyes. Breathe into what it would be like to have this practice be part of your life (visualize it).
Using these simple tools will help you instantly access information in your life and having a meditation practice will support you staying grounded and feeling loved.
Ready to form new habits? How about these 5 powerful suggestions:
• Restrict TV, telephone, video, web, social media time and use them as rewards for completion of important tasks.
• Write, read, sew, study, or do whatever activity requires your attention for completion, in a quiet area free of distractions.
• Put up a “Do not disturb” sign to your kids, spouse and friends.
• Restructure your time with work and play to gain the most time advantages to complete projects.
• Get an accountability partner – someone who will support you in busting bad habits – someone who will not save you! You know who they are!
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