DAY 2 Challenge:

Overcoming procrastination in 10 minutes or less

Today, we will discuss tools that will help you stop letting procrastination control your life and start taking action toward your dreams.

Getting out your own way...

The Problem...

Procrastination is a common problem for entrepreneurs. It can be difficult to move past the urge to put things off and just "start tomorrow." This can hold you back from achieving your goals and reaching your full potential. However, it is important to remember that taking action is the only way to make progress.

Today, we will discuss tools that will help you stop letting procrastination control your life and start taking action toward your dreams.

How does procrastination affects entrepreneurs?

Procrastination is when someone doesn't do something that they need to do. But it's not just about delaying action.

For entrepreneurs, this can also mean working on tasks that are less important instead of working on the task that will move the business forward.

This can lead to missed opportunities, decreased productivity, and eventually failure.

People often procrastinate for many reasons, including:

  • Fear of failure
  • Perfectionism
  • Lack of motivation
  • Disorganization
  • Unclear goals

If any of these sound familiar, don't worry. We will NOW discuss how to overcome them...

Seeing procrastination in a new way

To be human is to procrastinate. But many of us make things worse by:

  • Blaming ourselves
  • Trying to white-knuckle our way through it
  • Punishing ourselves

These only make the problem worse. If you want to move past procrastination, it's important to have a different relationship with it. Instead of trying to fight it, embrace it.

This may seem counterintuitive,

Start by seeing procrastination as a form of self-care.

When we avoid taking action, it's usually because we're trying to protect ourselves from some perceived threat or danger.

So let go of the notion that procrastination is about being lazy or undisciplined...try to see your procrastination as a form of self-preservation.

Procrastination is just a logical, although misguided, way of trying to keep ourselves safe.

The subtle shift can have profound effects in releasing you from the negative grips of procrastination.

Another way to lessen the grip of procrastination is by letting go of the outcome and focusing on the process.

When we're focused on the outcome, it's easy to get caught up in perfectionism and fear of failure. But when we focus on the process, you can simply enjoy taking action and trust that the outcome will take care of itself.

For example, if you want to get out of debt or save for a vacation, if you focus on the process of saving money each month, you'll be more likely to reach your goal.

But if you focus on the outcome of being debt-free or taking a luxurious vacation, you may feel overwhelmed and give up before you even start.

The key is to focus on what you can control, which is the process.

The Mindset That Eliminates Procrastination

Now we're ready to make sure our mindset is in the right place.

Here, we'll focus more on the Identity part of The Mindset Flyweel - your way of BEING.

Here are three ways of being you can try on to add oxygen to your fire:

Being accepting:

This means that you're willing to accept yourself, even with your flaws and imperfections. When you're able to accept yourself, you're also more likely to take action. This is because you'll be less afraid of making mistakes and failing.

When you're accepting, you're also more likely to be forgiving. This means that when you do make mistakes, you're able to forgive yourself and move on. This is an important quality for entrepreneurs, who often have to make decisions quickly and may not always make the right choice.

Being curious:

Being curious about what might happen if you take action is another helpful mindset tool. When you're curious, you're open to possibilities and new experiences. You're more likely to try something new, even if there's a risk of failure involved.

When you're curious, you also become less afraid of taking risks. This can be a powerful motivator when it comes to overcoming procrastination.

Being courageous:

Taking action despite your fears is not easy, but it's essential if you want to overcome procrastination.

When you're courageous, you're willing to face your fears and take action anyway. This doesn't mean you're fearless - it simply means that you're willing to take action despite your fears.

When you're courageous, you also become more resilient. This means that when things don't go as planned, you're able to pick yourself up and keep going. This is an important attribute for entrepreneurs, who often face setbacks on their journey to success.

Day 2 Challenge: Apply the No Struggle Success Framework to Procrastination

Habit (Earth)

Once you've overcome your procrastination habit, it's important to take steps to ensure that you don't fall back into old patterns.

One way to do this is by setting up a schedule for yourself and sticking to it.

You can also create an environment that is conducive to productivity and avoid distractions.

Finally, make sure to stay focused on your goals and keep them in mind when you feel the urge to procrastinate.

We're now going to create our first Tiny Habit recipe based on BJ Fogg's formula:

After I [picked of the morning habits you listed on day #1], I will sit down for 10 minutes and work on [one of the important tasks that you listed yesterday]

Mindset (Air)

Mindset Flywheel:

  • Possibility: What if you could act even if you didn't feel like it?
  • Identity: Try on the identity of an epic action-taker who's courageous in the presence of fear, doubt, and perfectionism. How many ways can I model being an epic action-taker?
  • Beliefs: List 3 beliefs you have about procrastination. What new and fascinating beliefs make it easy to take action in the face of procrastination.

Action (Fire)

Some tasks are just more challenging or uncomfortable than others.

If you find yourself procrastinating on these types of tasks, here are some tips to help you get started:

Step 1) Take the list of daily morning habits that you completed yesterday.

What? You didn't complete it? No worries...Do that now.

With your completed list, pick a strong one of the items on your list (pro tip: pick one of most valuable ones)

Got it?

Step 2) Break the task down into smaller steps.

  1. Take out a blank piece of paper and a pen (you can do this on your computer but old-school paper/pen is usually better)
  2. Write the item you chose for step #1 at the top
  3. Underneath, write this question: What small actions can I take that'll move me just a little closer to my BIG goal?
  4. Set a timer for 3 minutes
  5. Write a list of little things you can do that can directly impact the item you chose. Do not stop writing even if you can't think of anything, keep writing.

Step 3) Pick actions you can do right now

When the timer goes off, put a star next to the top three items you can do immediately

IMMEDIATELY, start taking action on the starred action items.

Let Go (Water)

Let go: Take 6 deep breaths: 4 seconds in and 8 seconds out

Question: How great does it feel to let go of the guilt you had for procrastinating? What new awesome possibilities are available to you now that you've let go of the outcome while focusing on the process?

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