With all of the things that stand in our way of extraordinary achievement, none can be harder to understand than procrastination. Why do we do it? Why is it that when we finally get an opportunity, we squander it simply by not acting on it?
Fighting procrastination and winning is not difficult… it is impossible. But no worries, fighting is not a good way to get what we want. In this case, what we need is cooperation.
Before diving into what to do, let’s dispel a few myths:
Myth #1: We need to gain control over our actions
I’ll just go ahead and say it: Control is an illusion, and a bad one at that. Ninety-five percent of the time, we are at the mercy of our subconscious. When we get dressed, carry on a conversation, make a decision, cook, eat, etc. – these actions just sort of seem to happen.
Of course, we all get a very strong sense that we can control things. We were told from a very young age that being in control is the means to success. In the material Newtonian reality it sort of makes sense: nothing moves unless someone pushes it, and so we constantly push. But if the agenda of our subconscious is to not allow us to succeed in a certain area, the subconscious will get its way.
Myth #2: Our actions determine our success
Actions determine success much like the motion of the golf club determines if the ball will make it to the hole and go in. But what determines the motion of the golf club is the golfer. The same thing is true for our actions.
Our actions are not something we control or should have to force. If we controlled all our actions, we wouldn’t get from the bed to our front door in a lifetime. Our actions are the result of our beliefs. Our subconscious is powerful, but it does not set the agenda. The agenda is set by your core beliefs. The agenda that determines what our reality looks like is simply what we believe life is.
If you don’t truly believe that something can happen, then it won’t happen. It makes no difference how much you want it. It doesn’t matter what actions you ...