Breaking Patterns of Procrastination

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Procrastination..the bane of many people’s lives and often a block to success.So what is it? Psychologists define it as “the conscious or subconscious avoidance of doing something”

If its effects are neglected it becomes a habit.

Even if it’s not a habit for you I’m sure we’ve all been there at some point in life – you know there are things that need to be done,but either you don’t want to do them now,or you don’t want to face them, or it might be something that you want to do but just can’t get yourself focused enough to do it.

One thing for sure though is it can be a serious issue for people and a real killer of dreams – after all it’s a self-destructive habit. It can also seriously affect your wealth!

So why do we do it and what are the effects of it?

1). Well, life is busy, and in this age of mass information there are literally 1000’s of things we could give our attention to – all pulling us in different directions. So rather than doing one of those things we end up doing nothing-at least nothing well or completely.
One major issue is use of social media or should I say misuse of social media! Most people who use it are on it way too much. Sure it can be useful and can in fact have a huge positive impact on your business, but don’t live on it!

2). The second reason people procrastinate is a fear of not doing the task right. If we have a passion about what we want to do we can so much want to get it right, even to the point of perfection that it becomes in the subconscious, and then in reality, an impossibility.

3). Fear of failure. A little similar but this fear says even if you do it right what if you fail?

4). Lack of planning. Set out on a journey without a map and you going to get lost. Likewise embarking on a venture in you life without a plan and the same applies

And the effects?

Well first it can make you unproductive. It can cause guilt,low self esteem and stress. David Allen,the Author of “getting things done” said much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do,it comes from not finishing what they started.”

So what can we do about it?
Here’s a few tips:

The key to it is self-discipline, so work on that within yourself on a daily basis.
1). Break your work or tasks into smaller steps. You do this by making a plan. There’s no reason to get overwhelmed if the tasks are broken down.

So make a plan-what I do is break my tasks down to hours, so I know exactly what I’ve set myself to do in every hour of my working day. Of course, make the plan realistic. So make that plan and stick to it as best you can!

2) Wherever possible start with the hardest task first. Dale Carnegie the author of “How to win friends and influence people” said, “do the hard jobs first and the easy jobs will take care of themselves”. This way will relax you and make you feel good about yourself and put the other tasks in perspective.

3). Make a start!! Les Brown that fantastic motivational speaker said “you don’t have to be great to get started but you have to get started to be great”! So take a deep breath and dive in!!

4). Get inspired! Talking of Les Brown and Dale Carnegie, those who you hang around with influence you,so hang around with people like that! Every day plan into your day some inspirational food. Maybe while you’re having breakfast or during a break, jump onto YouTube and watch or listen to some great teaching by the likes of Les Brown,Tony Robbins,Jim Rohn,Brian Tracy.All great teachers who will always have an inspirational impact on your day and life.

5). If you can recognise that you need support to overcome issues of procrastination, be accountable. What I mean by that is to get alongside someone – a friend, perhaps someone who also has some goals they want to achieve, and maybe someone who has similar goals,like for example a friend you work with in Network Marketing, and hold each other accountable to your goals and visions. Encourage each other when you stumble and encourage each other when you do well.

6). You are not going to attain perfection on this earth so don’t expect it or wait for a perfect time to start something. It doesn’t exist…just do it!!

7) Finish everything!! It’s tiring when you’ve got lots of things in life that are unfinished..it clutters your brain! So avoid that by finishing every task that you have set for yourself.

8) Last of all, know the value of time. Time is precious. There’s potentially great things for your life so don’t block those things by putting things off. You might right now have a fantastic opportunity in your hands,or you might be about to embark on something new,so take hold of it without delay and don’t let procrastination rob you of another day of your life!!

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The Rise Of The Entrepreneurs

Is this a good time to get something going?

There are many who will say, “look at the economy – you have to be crazy to start a small business”
Another argument could be “look at the economy, you’d be crazy NOT to start a small business”.
Robert Kiyosaki, the author of “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” said, “Job security is an oxymoron”. In other words, in these times of economic uncertainty, a steady, secure job is neither steady nor secure.

People all over the world are seeing opportunities and starting new businesses in record numbers.

People are no longer relying so much on Companies, Corporations, or the Government to provide for them but instead are starting to take their own initiative, listen to the voice inside that says “go for it” and then take control of their own future.

So is it right for you?

We all have creativity within us, and the ability to achieve great things.
It may take some courage and boldness, and it may mean you need to cut back on some TV time, and you may need to start it at the same time as another job, but if you can do all that, then find a niche that fits you, research it and learn as much as you can about it, and get as many skills as you can so that you will excel in that area, giving you the best possible chance of success.

This could be the start of a major entrepreneurial revolution.

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Launch Window

There is a period of time in which a launch vehicle (such as a Rocket or Space Shuttle) must be launched. If it’s not launched within the “window”, it has to wait for the next window.

The launch has to be timed just right so that the ships path intersects with the targets orbit and they meet in the exact same time and place.

Missing the launch window might mean missing the target completely.

Opportunities are there to be seized. Yes make sure it’s right for you; yes do due diligence, but then go for it while you can.

Grasping an opportunity such as a new business venture or any challenge maybe a little scary, and you may think you don’t have all the skills, but like any exploration, the key is in taking the first steps..then anything is possible! You are sure to learn en route, and there will always be people around to support you.

So…do all the checks…and go for it!!!

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Richard Branson’s Weakness

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s a great story that Richard Branson tells in his autobiography “Screw It Lets Do It!”

When he was at school he struggled with dyslexia. At that time there was no support for, or much recognition of dyslexia, and as a result his teachers often gave him a hard time.

He knew he wasn’t up to the same level of skill in reading and writing as the rest of his class.

But Richard had an inner belief that surpassed his circumstances.

It would make sense to listen to what his teachers were saying about his future and you would easily understand it if he decided that he could still do some good things but those that were outside the confines of his disability.

But he saw things differently. He was made of different stuff.

Rather than saying “I don’t read and write too well, so I’ll concentrate on building a career that doesn’t involve needing those skills too much, he said “I don’t read and write too well so I’m going to be a journalist”!

He decided to turn his weakness into strength.

And not only did he leave school to try to find a job as a journalist-that would be the easy route-but instead he left school and set up his own magazine!

At the age of just 16 he was interviewing the likes of John Lennon and Mick Jagger.

That was the first company he set up and it grew and grew and was grounding for all the skills and business acumen that would see him build one of the most successful business empires ever seen.

Don’t let limitations hold you back. Have the mindset that says that even if you have a weakness (and don’t we all!), then that weakness can be turned to strength.

And yes that will involve you going out of your comfort zone and might be difficult for a while, but with perseverance you can accomplish amazing things.

Every challenge in our lives is there for a purpose – so that we can find a way of turning it into strength.

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Moving On

In my last post I was talking about the importance of keeping focus on your goals and how that one way of helping to achieve that focus is to write them down. Today I want to talk about something else that can be an obstacle to achieving great things in your life – The past.

Of course for some the past can be an encouragement for the present and an inspiration for the future,but for others the past is the very thing that hinders the ability to live in the present and then steal dreams through things in the past that have perhaps caused fear,anger, resentment,or rejection etc

Maybe it’s a single bad memory,or a series of events,or an old mindset,or something somebody said to you.These things can – if we let them – have a power over us and form the way we see ourselves and consequently the way we live our lives.

There are of course many ways that you could deal with issues from the past,and what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for someone else,but whatever you need to do,find the way that works for you,go on that journey,even if temporarily it might be a painful one as you face those old things,but go there and do what you need to do – maybe to forgive someone,perhaps to forgive yourself,maybe to deal with an attitude or a regret..whatever is the obstacle..overcome it and then you are free to fully embrace the present and move on to what is ahead with a greater courage, boldness and expectation.

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Doing The Reps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas Edison said ‘I have more respect for the fellow with a single idea who gets there than for the fellow with a thousand ideas who does nothing.’

It’s so easy to get all excited for the next big thing..and then the next..and the next..but there has to come a time…sooner rather than later,that you stop,get REALLY great at what you have at hand and push it hard.

Often that might mean repetition – which can be where many people fall down,because the original excitement starts to wane,BUT if you can press in and do the reps you’ll start to see some really powerful developments!

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Keep Digging!

In Napoleon Hill’s classic ‘Think And Grow Rich’ he tells a story of a a man who got caught by the “Gold Fever” in the days of the gold-rush.

He bought his stake and picked up a shovel and started digging.

After weeks of back aching work he finally caught his first glimpse of the object of his dreams.

He found enough precious ore to encourage him to go further, so he invested in all the machinery he was going to need and started mining. The initial returns showed that he had landed on one of the richest mines in Colorado!

But then…major discouragement..the vein of gold disappeared! They drilled on,hoping to find the vein again,but nothing appeared.

Finally,they had had enough discouragement,and quit.

They sold the machinery for a few hundred dollars to a junk man and went back home. The junk man called in a mining engineer to look at the mine and he discovered that the project had failed because the owners weren’t familiar with “fault lines”. 

He calculated that the vein would be just 3 feet from where they had stopped drilling,and that’s exactly where it was!!

If like me you are in Network Marketing, you will know the power of perseverance. If you get discouraged,you have people around you who can,and will invest time in you and help in anyway they can. Never try to go it alone,and always be open to receive expert advice. Right now you might be on the verge of breakthrough,so get some input,get inspired and keep digging! The rewards are potentially life changing,and not just on a financial level,but in so many ways.

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Bounce-Back-A-Bility

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I read a great thing the other day about a tree!

There’s not much that can withstand the force of a Hurricane. Devastation can be seen all around,and trees as mighty as the Oak will be brought crashing down.

But you know what does better than most in those extreme conditions? A Palm Tree.

Palms,although maybe a bit skinny and flimsy looking do remarkably well in high winds because they are capable of bending all the way over til the tip touches the ground,and then they bounce back.

But what’s pretty amazing about a Palm is that during a hurricane when the Palm is being bent and pushed over,it’s root system gets strengthened by the stress,which gives it new opportunities for growth.

If you’re going through a bit of a hard time right now or things are not breaking through as you’d hoped at this stage in your business,remember we’re made in the same durable manner. Don’t let discouragement rob you of your dreams,but instead,bounce back,and know that when you do you’re stronger than before.

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You Are What You Eat!

I’m all for the occasional Pizza,and if you’re buying I’ll have a hot ‘n’ spicy pepperoni please.

But I also enjoy my fitness and well being,so if I were to eat one every day,I’m not going to be feeling- or looking too good!

Have you seen the movie “Supersize Me”? If you ever needed evidence of what will happen if you constantly eat junk,well there it is!

Whatever you’re taking in is what, or who you become.So if you eat lots of fatty foods…guess what happens?!

And I believe that you can apply “whatever you take in is what you become” to all aspects of life. It’s a fact of life!

Sometimes those things that you take in can add to your life and to your development,and sometimes not.

I’d like to spend a bit of time now talking to you about something which can be a useful source of information,make you laugh,make you cry,or, if used in excess,can become a bad habit,waste time,have a huge effect on peoples lives and steal dreams: TELEVISION.

TV OR NOT TV? THAT IS THE QUESTION

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If someone is sitting around watching hours of TV then whatever they’re watching-good or bad is what is feeding their mind, and soul,which in turn will effect their actions and reactions.

Personally I don’t own a TV.I had 3 in my house and gave them away about 3 years ago. I found I was wasting too much time watching it when there were other things that could make better use of my time. Of course there are some great things on there,and I do occasionally watch something that interests me online,but what concerns me are 2 things: the amount of TV that is, on average,consumed,and the habit of TV.

Maybe getting rid of your TV might be a bit of a drastic move for you,and maybe it’s not necessary-It’s all a question of discipline.

For me I know how I tick.If there’s a cream cake and a tonne of other fatty foods in my fridge I’ll eat them,so my fridge is full of fruit and vegetables..and so I eat them. Likewise,if I had a TV,I’d watch it….I don’t have one, so I do other things.

TV can become routine – just a pattern that dictates your time,and consequently a large portion of your life.

It can also be like a form of escape.

Having run more than one business with huge responsibilities I fully realize that life can be stressful, and so to want to get away from it all is understandable. But my take on it is this: Getting away from it all can be fruitful,”escaping” from it isn’t.

What I mean by that is getting away from it all is akin to the old adage “a change is as good as a rest”,whereby you do something different,you introduce something new,like adding a new dynamic, so that ‘something’ may be for example taking up a hobby,joining a gym,reading etc. Those things are all going to feed you in a positive way.

Escaping in terms of escapism, means you “turn off” and get numb!

Please don’t misunderstand me, I’m not saying TV is evil or anything like that.

But I wanted to talk about it-and especially in this category of “Entrepreneur Mindset” because being a successful entrepreneur means being prepared to do things that the majority would not do,and maybe also it means being prepared to NOT do what the majority would do!

“The hardest struggle of all is to be something different from what the average man is”. – Charles M Schwab

The majority come home from work, switch on the box and watch any old thing,and it’s on and and viewed until it’s time for bed,then the same pattern of work and TV begins all over again the next day.

Forming habits can be good,dependent of course on the habits that you’re forming.

If you’re forming habits that are going to stimulate you mentally,inspire you,educate you and keep you fit (therefore giving you more stamina and helping you to be sharper in both mind and body,what all those things are doing is developing your character and equipping you to succeed.

“Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconscious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character”. – Stephen Covey

So,just to recap. No TV is not evil,but don’t let it steal your dreams.

If you are a TV watcher I’d like to encourage you to do the following:

#1 Be selective with what you watch:be entertained,but let that entertainment be edifying.


#2 Also use it as an educational tool. 


#3 Try examining how much TV you watch sometime – time yourself daily for a week – see how many hours you are actually watching..then adjust accordingly!


#4 Limit the amount of time per day.


#5 Don’t make it a priority.

 

#6 Create a new habit.Something/s that are going to benefit you.

 

#7 Know where the “OFF” button is!

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