Quickest Route to Letting Go
So, how have YOU been doing? How has progress towards your big goal been coming along? If you’re anything like me, you know, human, then you’ve probably run into major roadblocks in your quest for success! One of the most common barriers that we tend to run into is the dreaded …procrastination.
THAT’S RIGHT, I SAID IT.
I had been a regular procrastinator for longer than I would like to admit. I was guilty of putting responsibilities off until the very last minute–regardless of whether or not I was prepared to complete them. This usually came at the cost of valuable personal time or time set aside for rest and recovery.
My personal relationships were also affected. Instead of being in the present moment and focusing on the person in front of me, my mind would end up somewhere else. Somewhere it should not have been–on those tasks that were coming due or already past due. Very quickly, this habit began to have a ripple effect on the rest of my month. It became pretty clear that I wasn’t doing myself any favors by continuing on this way.
Setting deadlines can be a powerful tool to use in “getting it done” productively and on a consistent basis, but that will not do you any good if you are delaying your next action steps required. If you investigate the root of the problem, many times you’ll surprisingly find that the simple act of “letting go” can be just as powerful of a tool as setting deadlines.
The first time that I experienced the effectiveness of “letting go” was when I distanced myself from people that a) were not in a place I wanted to be, or b) were not working to get to a place I wanted to be. Once I did this, I found myself taking action and crushing goals like I was getting paid to! This invited more opportunities for me to make more money and build an even better network.
While I still struggle with procrastination from time to time, here are some quick tips on “letting go” of the many distractions that may lead to procrastination–
Notice and name
Take note of how progress has been lately and name the reasons why the process has or has not been going the way that you’d like it to. These distractions may please you now but what about the pain that may they bring later?
What are your core values?
Write down your core values. Make sure that your actions are lined up with them. This is the simple equation of staying true to yourself.
Become comfortable with being uncomfortable.
Take notice or think about what happens during moments of comfort, then do the same with moments of discomfort. Challenge yourself to be uncomfortable for a moment. This calculated practice tends to lead to positive growth.
Take a deep breath, smile and get right back after it. Life's too short to stress over what has already passed. You are on your way to improvement now. Any obstacle presented is simply something to build off of.
Your pursuit to an increased quality of life is not going to be easy. The following sounds cliché, but it's quite true, if it were an easy process, then everyone would be the happy and healthy person that they desire to be. Hang in there! Give tips like these a try. When you fail, as we all do from time to time, Notice and name, Remember your Core Values, Become comfortable with being uncomfortable and Reset.
You've got this!
"You can only lose what you cling to" -Buddha