In order to achieve your goals, you need to be able to avoid procrastination and take action. I have previously discussed reasons why you might be procrastinating. In this post I will focus on beliefs which help you to avoid procrastination. When it comes to getting things done; most people fall into one of two categories – talkers and doers. Talkers discuss their goals in a hopeful, passive manner e.g.
- I want to
- I hope to
- I’d like to
- I wish
Doers discuss their goals in an active manner and in the present tense i.e. the specific action they are taking towards their goals.
You don’t have to be a genius to work out who is more likely to achieve their goals. Talkers are still talking about their goals long after the doers have completed theirs and moved onto new goals. Rather than waste time talking and dreaming, doers identify the actions they need to take and set to work. One of the reasons they do this is that they hold beliefs which encourage them to avoid procrastination and take action
8 Beliefs to help you avoid procrastination
1. Talk is cheap
Talk is useful for detailing your goals and asking for advice from those in a position to help. However, unless your goal is to act, deliver a speech, or give detailed instructions etc., talking alone will not bring you any closer to fulfilling your goals.
2. Nothing is achieved without action
Having a clear vision of what you want to achieve is an essential step towards realising your goals. But, without taking specific action, your vision will remain nothing but a daydream. Daydreaming is one of the more common forms of procrastination while taking positive action is the most effective way to avoid procrastination.
3. You will never achieve perfection
It doesn’t matter whether you are waiting for the perfect moment; the perfect opportunity or; you are waiting until you are capable of doing something perfectly. You are waiting for something which will never arrive. Perfection is neither possible nor necessary. All you can do is the best you can do, with the resources available to you at the time. After that, you can strive to continuously improve by seeking feedback, learning from the experience and implementing your learning. If you don’t take action you will have nothing to learn from.
4. Nobody else will inspire you
Nobody else is going to take the time to aspire you to achieve your goals. They are your goals and you are the one who will benefit from achieving them. The thought of how your life will be improved by achieving them should be enough to inspire you. If it is not then I would suggest that you are not dreaming big enough.
5. There are no guarantees
Nobody can predict the future. There are no guarantees that you endeavours will be without risk. Every attempt at progress is accompanied with a certain level of risk. The best you can do is to prepare for the risk and try to minimise it. The one thing you can be extremely confident of is that failure to take action will not bring you any closer to your goals.
6. If you want change, it is you who must change
Other people will not change just because you would like things to be different. What you can change is how you relate to them which in turn will require them to change how they relate to you. Your desired change will never happen unless you change. You can avoid procrastination by taking responsibility for the changes you want to see.
7. Confidence follows action
Many people avoid taking action because they want to wait until they are more confident in their ability to succeed at it. The problem is that you can never be truly confident in your ability to do something until you have actually done it.
8. There are no blueprints for success
It is your life. You have your own unique purpose and you set your goals to help you fulfil that purpose. Nobody else has, or can walk your journey for you. Therefore, nobody else can provide you with a blueprint which guarantees you success. Others may offer advice but in the end you must make the decisions and take the actions.
These fundamental beliefs can help anyone to avoid procrastination. When you accept them and live by them you will see that it is much better to be a doer than a talker. Talkers can seem convincing and command attention, but doers get the results. It is the results that bring the reward and the happiness, so avoid procrastination, take action and fulfil your goals and dreams.
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