Now how many of us have told ourselves “I will eat better tomorrow, today is my last day skipping the gym, I will start working on my blog (book, album, or whatever your major project is) next week, I will launch my business next month, I will increase my income by this time next year…” and the list goes on, but do you ACTUALLY follow through?
I know you have good intentions, but good intentions will not get you the outcome you want. You sit down and create thoughtful plans to crush your goals, but you lack the discipline and perseverance required to get the results. Don’t you think something has to change? How will you stop this cycle of procrastination in your life?
You have to literally DO something different. For years you’ve trained yourself to take short cuts like not applying your best effort at work while still maintaining your full hourly wage or salary. You’ve also taught yourself to prefer short term (instant) gratification when you choose to cheat on your meal plan or delay paying off your credit card debt. By the choices you make in your everyday life you either develop your ability to take action and get things done when they need to be done or you continue to feed the monster of procrastination.
Which one do you want to experience? The pain of living with the consequences of procrastination or the satisfaction and confidence that come with crushing your goal(s)? Do you want to suffer the weight of regret for not prioritizing your goals, investing in yourself, and working on your goals when it was time to put in the work? Do you really want to be forced to go to a job that you don’t enjoy every day? Spend less time with the people you care about? And have less energy to pursue your goals because you’ve wasted it laboring and building someone else’s dream?
If you’re reading this blog I am 100% sure that this is not who you are or where you want to end up in life. You are full of passion for your purpose, you want to experience every goal that you’ve ever written on paper and you have big dreams for your life. You don’t want to suffer the pain of regret, you’d rather discipline yourself now while there is still time. So, just do it!
Take action! This is worth repeating, good intentions will not get you the outcome you want. In order to destroy procrastination in all of its forms, you have to do the opposite of what procrastination tells you to do, which is TAKE ACTION. Instead of delaying your goals prioritize your life around one major life goal that would make everything else in your life better. For example, for an entrepreneur, your one major goal right now might be creating a steady funnel so that you have a consistent income and therefore can leave the 9-5 office job that consumes all of your time. For a busy mom trying to lose weight, your major goal might be eating healthier and working out on a consistent basis so that you can enjoy play time at the park with your kids and teach them how to live healthy lives.
To crush your major life goals you’re going to need solid accountability and a clear, easy to understand step-by-step system (that works!). Trust me, I get it! I was once in your shoes and I talk to people like you almost every day who are frustrated and struggling to achieve their goals. Life does not have to be like that! You don’t have to be confused about whether or not you have what it takes to crush your goal, whether you will ever attain it, and how to make it happen. That’s what I’m here for!
I get it! Life is challenging and it doesn’t always work out the way that you plan. But your circumstances can NEVER decide how you spend your time, money, and resources. You do that all by yourself. You make the choice of whether or not to eat that donut when you know you want to lose 10 lbs before the summer. You’re the one who chose to run up your credit cards and delay making payments so now your interest is way out of the roof, you’re the one who did not complete your book on time for your April 1st launch and now you have to set another deadline. It was all you, not your life situation or your lack of finances/resources.
You can’t always control what happens to you in life, but you can control how you respond to what happens. You can complain, make excuses and procrastinate because your life sucks or you can invest in yourself, put your goals first, and create a way out of your mess because your life sucks! Do you see the difference?
Today, choose whether you will suffer the pain of regret or the pain of discipline. Know that if you don’t choose you have ultimately made a choice to suffer the pain of regret. You are in the driver’s seat. If you know something is broken, fix it. If you know you need help, ask for it. If you know you have a tenancy to procrastinate change it, but don’t keep doing the same thing expecting your life to improve. I challenge you to maximize your life and stop dreaming, start doing! Until next time,