A Tip to Release Procrastination Anxiety


A Tip to Release Procrastination Anxiety

Can you imagine the space cleared up in your mind by simply taking small action steps forward on those projects in your life now rather than later? Procrastination often walks hand and hand with a fear of failure, not measuring up or getting our desired results.

The following excerpt is taken from the recent Amazon Best Seller: 5 Minutes to Stress Relief, by Lauren E Miller



Mental muck around the not-getting-to-it rut

To procrastinate in life is to create unnecessary stress in your body. How many times have you put off something that you don’t want to do, yet you feel that you need to do it, such as paying taxes or bills, making sales calls, confronting relationship issues, organizing your home or work space, or creating your next speech, book, presentation, or business plan? Are any of these situations familiar?

What do you put off in your life that you feel you need to do in order to keep things running smoothly or to expand and move your next project forward? Why do you keep pushing back the next step towards accomplishing your desired goal? Good question, right? Perhaps you might say, “If I knew the answer to that, I wouldn’t be reading this chapter!”

Let’s take a look at a few possible reasons why you procrastinate or put things off that you feel you need to do yet don’t do, and the more you don’t do them, the more pressure and stressed out you feel, along with guilt for not doing those things you feel you need to do but don’t. Whew!

When you do not align yourself with what you value the most—which by the way is your God-given, natural state of being that fuels your sense of purpose—you become vulnerable to distractions and fragmentation, which gives birth to the frustration of procrastination.

More often than not, distractions flow from unbridled ambitions and vanity. With the drug of approval, for example, the need to be acknowledged, seen, recognized, and approved of will fragment your ability to move forward and will lead to procrastination (i.e., putting off an action around a highly valued project for a task of lesser value).

Unbridled ambitions and vanity are based on desires, expectations, assumptions, and a sense of entitlement rather than on worth and what you value in this life. These flow from what you think you need in order to feel accomplished and successful. They are phantom pursuits that distract you from the clarity of focus needed to complete your God-inspired life projects.

These unbridled ambitions often create a muck of thoughts, which are tied up around an internal list of expectations that you have created and use as a benchmark around feeling accomplished in this life. For example, “I will accept myself if …” If what? If you accomplish your to-do list today or create and implement a successful business plan?

This type of thinking can create a belief system that sounds something like this: “In order to love and accept myself completely and unconditionally, I need to be perfect.” Don’t be fooled. Perfectionism and procrastination walk hand and hand: “If I do what I want or feel that I need to do, and the end result is not perfect, then I have failed. So, to avoid the emotions and experience of failure, I will put this project off for a while. In this way, I’m safe.”

This is not the case for all procrastination; however, the face of perfectionism often creeps below the murky surface of the putting-things-off rut, and it’s worth your attention. Look your perfectionism program right in the eyes and make a mental shift as you remember that you are enough just as you are, doing or not doing. Then, go for what you want and you will not attach yourself to the outcome. Releasing all attachment to a certain outcome will ignite your ability to create and expand more quickly than a lit match in a dry haystack.

I learned The More, The More NLP technique from the founder of the American University of NLP, Steve G. Jones. It is used to create a mental association between two unrelated thoughts. You are making thousands of mental associations every several minutes, so why not be the gatekeeper of those associations and take them captive for your greater good?

The next time you find yourself accomplishing a lot in your mind, yet not taking action to make these things happen, use this technique:

  • The More (state your thought)
  • The More (state your action)

For example: “The more I think about putting off this project, the more motivated I feel to take action on my next step to move my project forward.”


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