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Simple ways to go beyond procrastination

Have you ever kept yourself busy in order to put off getting started with a big project or making that change? Chances are that you have. Making the important initial step is often the most difficult task. When we procrastinate we keep ourselves busy with many things – cleaning the desk, getting that second cup of coffee or checking email for the ten’s time.

One of the most common reasons we get ourselves stuck in inaction is the avoidance of fear. The fear of failure, success, pain, rejection or embarrassment. However, you can do two things to transform the habit of procrastination into action.

1. Any transition, any new venture is accompanied by uncomfortable and sometimes painful feelings and thoughts. Now that you know that, begin to address your fear. Bring it out of the shadow and get to know it. You might even want to say “hello” to it. You don’t need to like it, just acknowledge it. Be curious about your fear and note that it is a normal part of any change.

2. Name the smallest and easiest action you can think of that brings you closer to your new direction. Be specific about the date, time and what are you going to do. Notice any uncomfortable feelings that arise, acknowledge them and decide to take action anyway.
Remember – “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”  – Lao-Tzu

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