Profitable Preparedness Podcast – Episode 17
Where we help hardworking business owners in the preparedness community break out of corporate America to live a totally free life.
On today’s Podcast we are discussing Overcoming Procrastination. The reason that we chose this topic is because Procrastination is a horrible habit that breeds stress, aggravation, depression and is a major hindrance on your life’s goals and objectives. The habit of procrastination has a multiplier effect that causes people to justify why they didn’t achieve their goals or tasks, and after time clouds judgment into total paralysis by inaction. In encourages a lack of responsibility for our actions and generates the victim mentality that I personally loathe.
I have discussed before that there are a lot of reasons that I am honored to be a part of the preparedness community. One of the main reasons is that, overall, we are a resilient group of people who are filled with grit. We do all of the things today that most do not so we are prepared for tomorrow in ways other will not be. Procrastination is the enemy of accomplishment, and we have too many goals to waste time on excuses.
Procrastination, or the lack thereof is the difference between those of us who are prepared for life’s emergencies and those who are not. It divides the successful from the unsuccessful, the healthy from the unhealthy, and those who are debt free and financially free from those who constantly struggle financially.
The good news is that because Procrastination is such a prevalent habit in society today that it makes our lives so much easier. By that I mean that just by taking the first step and fully committing to the action or goal before us, we are in an elite percentile of the population. As long as we do not adopt the bad habit we will take the actions, make the sacrifices and push forward until we achieve our objectives regardless of how small or large.
*Procrastination is defined as the action of delaying or avoiding something
– Perfectionists are often procrastinators. Perfectionist have a great ability to dream up semi-detailed images of what they want to create but when it comes down to it they often fall short. Why? Because they don’t want to face the possibility of making a mistake that could expose their weaknesses.
– ”Perfection is the enemy of good enough” (Scott Terry), you can perfect things over time
– Fixed mindset vs. growth mindset, which we will be discussing in our next Podcast
2. Fear of the unknown
– We have all heard of “Ignorance is bliss”.
– Example; if you knew a Category 4 hurricane was headed your way you wouldn’t ignore the warnings and go out for pizza, you would prepare. Or if you had medical issues but you were to scared to go to the doctor to know what was causing them.
– Instead knowledge is power and you never know until you try
– Challenge yourself to ask the questions that are holding you back and actually answer them. Put it on paper, you might surprise yourself that the only reason you are putting it off is because of your mindset.
3. Putting off your dreams/goals
– We ALL work hard (your job, parenting, dinner, etc.)
“I’ll do it tomorrow”, we have all said it but tomorrow can be an endless excuse never allowing you to actually get started.
– If we truly set aside some time and put it in our calendars, this could be an hour or just 30 minutes a day, and commit to it, you can begin to ignite that passion and start seeing some progress.
– Pomodoro technique-technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks.
4. Mindless “Busy” work
– You use up your productive time with filler jobs that may give you instant gratification but leaving little to no time to work on your goals.
– Check out Wait But Why Blog (Why procrastinators procrastinate) by blogger Time Urban, he has a humorous perspective along with silly hand drawn cartoons. He talks about the Rational Decision Maker co-existing with the Instant Gratification Monkey in the procrastinators brain. He talks about the Dark Playground where the Instant Gratification Monkey loves to keep you and how he prevents you from finding your Flow. In the end the Panic Monster shows up, Instant Gratification Monkey gets the heck out of dodge and you are left to hustle and get the certain job done. Or you go into hiding.
5. Lack of Inspiration, Motivation or Confidence
– If your goal is important to you, you will have to push past these three
– prove it to yourself by finding them because when you do you will be able to see clearly what connects your work to your passions and interests, doing this will bring more value and more motivation, in turn providing you with more confidence.
– Tell someone– this can be a friend, spouse, someone at the grocery store…get it out there and make yourself accountable
– We have this thing called the internet with endless information, ideas and yes INSPIRATION, but you need the motivation to go searching for it and the confidence to move forward. There is no simple answer here, you just have to want it bad enough and ask your future self, “Will I regret not doing it?”
6. Not knowing how to start
– Once again with anything RESEARCH
– No one is holding you back but yourself
– Contact Profitable Preparedness for your free one hour consultation
– Make goals for yourself, create that routine and stick to it. Each day finding a little time to work on your passion will get you that much closer to living it.
7. Distractions Everywhere
– Facebook, Pinterest, television….the list goes on and on and can be very difficult at times to focus on the project you have in front of you
– Things you can do
-schedule your day, including breaks
– create a distraction free workplace–whatever that means to you
– put your phone on airplane mode or silence your notifications
– reward yourself with the distractions
8. It is TOO hard
– Along with having a full time job and a homelife, this is probably one of the bigger excuses holding anyone back from reaching a goal. We all want to earn and keep a steady income, but sticking to the theme of procrastination we can all carve a little time out of each day to work on a new project or business idea.
– There are many examples of wildly successful businesses that started out as humble beginnings, the biggest one and probably the most known, Apple.
– It is not going to be easy, there will be extra effort and you might struggle with getting it just right but a good story always needs a beginning, middle and an end. By thinking it will be too hard, you are already setting yourself up for failure.
9. Fear of Failure
- Failure is so terrifying to some people that it paralyzes them from taking steps to grow, advance or succeed. If they do not take the first step they cannot fail, but they also cannot succeed.
- Embrace Uncomfortable
- Realize that failure is only failure if you do not learn something
- Work on the most challenging task first
- Steven Covey “Big Rocks”
- Look for or create a support network
- Find someone to hold you accountable
- Write goals and tasks in a place you will not lose them
- Celebrate accomplishments
- Be fearless (Even if you have to fake it)
- Revisit “perceived” failures
- Identify what went wrong
- How to avoid it from happening in the future
- At least twice a year reflect on how far you have come and enjoy the ride
Like building a house from the ground up, starting with your foundation, in this case it’s your research and ability to set some time aside on your schedule. Remember you are learning as you go and you may fumble here and there but keep your eyes on the prize. Tell that pesky Instant Gratification Money to shape up or ship out because you have work to do! Nurture your idea and do it for yourself.
*Rant Audio Clip: Property of Warner Brother’s National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation*
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