Procrastination: one of the three P’s I’ve been working on this past year. The other two are Perfectionism and People Pleasing. I want to share some lessons I got this week about Procrastination. Let me start by saying I am Master Level at procrastination. It served me for a long period, helping me hide and giving me an excuse for not reaching for the things I knew I wanted. It is less a part of life today than it used to be but I still get caught in the Netflix marathons and hours of Facebook trolling to avoid something hard. This week the price of procrastination became monetary – and that got my attention.
I’ve been dreaming big dreams this last year. I’ve come out of hiding and claimed things for myself. One big dream I signed up for last May. I was stoked, excited, passionate. It was a huge “HELL YES!” to me, my business and my future. It involved a significant financial commitment and some discounts for making the decision within 24 hours of the offer. That was May. Then two things got in my way Procrastination and Scarcity mindset. So you’re already familiar with procrastination. This is a big project and I kept saying things like:
“I can’t work on that now, I need a bigger space of time.”
“I can’t start working on that until it is paid in full.”
“I don’t know where to start.”
“What if it isn’t good?”
You get the picture. The other factor was scarcity mindset. This you may be less familiar to you. For me, this is almost always about money. The internal conversation around this looks like:
“What if I can’t put that much money together?”
“I know this extra money should go toward the project but I also need __________.”
“Maybe I committed to soon. There’s not enough money.”
Either procrastination or scarcity mindset alone would keep me stuck. Put them together and here I am 8 months later figuring out how to move forward with this project that BTW I am still completely passionate about completing. So, I work up the courage to make the phone call to see how to move forward. My mentor is still excited about working together. I have not waited to long. One of my fears was that I had procrastinated so long that I’d lost my initial deposit and would have to start over. BUT there was a price to pay for inertia. I lost $1500 in discounts. They expired during the time I’d been idle. Again, money got my attention. Will I go forward with this project: ABSOLUTELY! This entire process got me thinking about other areas in life where I’ve procrastinated. Weight loss is definitely in that list.
So what has procrastination in relation to weight loss cost me? At the very least, it has cost me years of healthy living. It has cost me pride, confidence and self esteem. It cost me loads of wasted effort. But watch out procrastination. I am putting you on notice! You’ve been around a long time BUT I finally know I am worthy of the effort. I see you for the mind trick you are keeping me from the person I’m meant to be in this world. So I wont be hanging out with you as often. When you tempt me to come see you, you may see me abruptly disappear when I realize I’ve slipped back into your space. You have plenty of friends already visiting you everyday. I’ve got bigger things to do in this world than hang out with you. In the classic language of breakups:
You are still the same old entry level rudimentary tool you always were. It’s me! I’ve outgrown you. We don’t fit anymore. I’m not angry but I can’t see you anymore. I wish you the best. How good does that feel rolling off my tongue! What if YOU broke up with procrastination? What has it cost you lately? Like the idea but need help getting started? That’s why I’m here!
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