New Years Mindset Makeover! Part 1 of 2: The Plague of Procrastination
A new year is about to start! What better time to tune up your mindset and banish the dreaded entrepreneurial plague of self-sabotage!
There are many negative mindset behaviors, two of which are common among entrepreneurs – procrastination and perfectionism.
This week and next, let’s do an annual check-up and maintenance on these 2 mindset monsters, starting with…
The Plague of Procrastination
“Procrastination is the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.” – Napoleon Hill.
Some things just don’t make sense for wellness professionals! Things like:
- Charging clients by the hour. (Don’t know about you, but I sell expertise, not time!)
- Not using a Healthcare Marketing Calendar.
- Procrastinating on a project because it will take a long time…
… which brings us to the topic of this week’s article: Procrastination – the Numero Uno thing that screeches the brakes on success!
Be honest now! Do you ever procrastinate – putting off projects because they’re boring or difficult or time-consuming? Since when does procrastination take less time to get something done? Or make it more interesting? Or easier? The answer – NEVAH!!
Does procrastination ever stop you from moving forward? If you’re like me, you come up with every lame excuse in the book not to do certain things – not enough time/energy/skills/money. And so we put off doing things that will help grow our business. We are probably all guilty of procrastination at some point! You may even berate yourself for being stupid or lazy.
You are neither of those things! Procrastination is not about intelligence or laziness. It is about fear – fear of the unknown, fear of criticism, of overwhelm, of failure. We’ve all experienced procrastination at one time or another. Let’s look at a simple 3-step system to deal with it:
- Start small. If you can’t do a lot, do a little. Do a little bit, lots of times, consistently, until finished! (Next week’s post on Perfectionism will give you a simple 3-step process for this!)
- Set specific goals. Vague intentions create vague results. “I need to clean out all my files” is general and too vague. Get more specific: Clean out one file drawer. When? Tomorrow’s lunch break. For how long? 15 minutes. Celebrate completion: one drawer done = yummy lunch!
- Be accountable. Tell someone what you’re working on and ask them to check in with you at a specific time. BROWNIE POINTS: Do a buddy system with a friend or colleague to support each other’s goals with a daily progress check-in.
See how simple? Just 3 steps to overcome procrastination! Go on… get crackin’ now! Set tomorrow’s mini-goal – or a mega-goal!
As you progress through your career and your life, continue to identify and break through the self-doubt and limiting beliefs that stand between you and success. It all starts with a decision to change your mindset – to think better, act better and attract success better!