Of course my idea to write about procrastination would end up being the post I kept putting off because I was moved to write about other things.
I'm a Gemini.
We struggle to stay focused and finish what we start.
One of the things I am most proud of was the conscious decision I made, years ago, to acknowledge this and move through it.
And, obviously, as I said, like anyone, I still put things off, I just know how to get clear about it now.
Procrastination is a distraction.
It keeps you preoccupied with something other than what needs to be done
For instance, putting off an uncomfortable phone call and all the mental, emotional, even physical drain that comes from that...
This distracts you from opportunities and your true path.
The miracles the Universe sets out for you will be over looked.
Pointers as to your next, best step, are unclear.
Procrastination keeps you "spinning your wheels".
It keeps you from your purpose.
SO WHY DO WE DO IT?
I really had to dig deep to find the reasons why I procrastinated so much.
I refused to have an Astrological trait dictate how I would approach my goals and dreams.
What I discovered was pretty eye-opening.
Fear and overwhelm.
For me, these were the biggest culprits.
Fear of failure and fear of success.
Overwhelm from what needs to be done and the change that will follow once you're finished.
The irony is, what we fear is what we need to do.
HOW TO STOP
I'm not going to mess with perfection.
The research I did for this post was varied and very interesting.
Leonie Dawson's answer is to just do what you have to do.
If that's too much, RealSimple.com and LifeHack.org, both have great tips for moving past procrastination.
And, this article from Entrepreneur.com, about Jerry Seinfeld, was very inspiring.
BUT MOST OF ALL...
Don't take it so seriously.
Procrastination can teach you a lot about yourself.
If you really look at why you are procrastinating, there's a lot of growth to be had, there.
If you quit looking at it as a huge character flaw, its power will lessen.
Giving you a little extra push, right when you need it.
Empowering you to get it done!
Love and hugs,
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