If you’ve ever found yourself holding back on doing something even though you kept telling yourself you really wanted to do it, you were procrastinating. You may have felt drawn to watch endless hours of television, or felt compelled to suddenly clean out your basement, or caused dramatic episodes with friends and family members for no apparent reason – all so you wouldn’t have to do something that would truly matter in life.
You were trying to distract yourself. Why? Believe it or not, procrastination usually is found somewhere between laziness and avoidance. Most often, you are trying to avoid an underlying fear or resistance that you don’t feel ready to handle.
Why? And is it easy to change if you want?….
No matter how fired up you are about your goals, your old, ingrained habits are as solid as concrete. The biggest mistakes people make are often in underestimating the amount of energy that will be required when we first start making changes.
Doing that which you are familiar with takes little NEW energy and is rarely overridden by anything else.
We’re used to doing things a certain way and if we try to change those comfortable old routines, we feel nervous and out of place.
Part of the survival instinct that isn’t all that necessary anymore….
In order to become comfortable with new habits, you need to stick with them long enough so that they become second nature.
And that’s a lot easier said than done. (Much easier visualized and gratefulized than materialized. Sounds like a self-sabotage script to me.)
Remember, that’s how you got comfortable where you are – even if it’s not exactly where you want to be.
A significant amount of leverage, action, focus and will is needed in order to change old habits, but once changed, like cement…yep…. they become nonconscious and semi-permanent.
There’s more to share….it’s going to get exciting!