Procrastination Killer – Why I Almost Didn’t Record This…

By Colin Scotland

In the moment between stimulus and response, we have a choice and in that choice lies our growth and our freedom.

Viktor Frankl

Have you ever found yourself paralyzed with procrastination? Knowing you need to take that leap, start that project, hit record... but something holds you back? This episode dives into the mindset behind procrastination, exploring fears that prevent us from taking action. We'll uncover how to move past perfectionism, self-doubt, and even the fear of success, empowering you to reach your full potential.

Key Takeaways

  1. Procrastination is a symptom, not the problem. It signals deeper fears and limiting beliefs.
  2. Mindfulness is key. Learn to observe thoughts and emotions without being swept away by them.
  3. "Do it anyway." Overcome fear by choosing action, even when it feels messy or imperfect.
  4. Fear of failure and success are two sides of the same coin. Both stem from a disconnect with your worth.
  5. Service fuels growth. When we focus on serving others, procrastination fades away, and fulfillment naturally follows.

The Fear Cycle: How Procrastination Thrives

Procrastination isn't just about laziness, at least not for me. It's usually a sign that I'm afraid of something deeper down. Sometimes, I tell myself, "What if I try and it flops? What if I'm not good enough?" That's a classic fear of failure. But other times, and this might surprise you, it's fear of success! I worry about things changing, about the unknown. Subconsciously, I might sabotage myself to stay in a familiar, even if unfulfilling, situation.

And, of course, there's perfectionism. "It has to be perfect" becomes an excuse never to put anything out there. Often, this hides a deep sense of unworthiness – if I'm not perfect, neither is my work.

Here's the key takeaway: Don't just get mad at yourself if you're struggling with procrastination. Instead, get curious. The next time you catch yourself procrastinating, ask: "What am I afraid might happen if I take action?" Just naming that fear can start to take some of its power away.

Mindfulness in Action: The Jujitsu Connection

Overcoming procrastination is a lot like when I'm on the Jujitsu mat. If my head's full of worries about the last move or what I'm going to do next, then I miss what's happening right now. I miss those crucial moments to react and gain an advantage. In business and life, it's the same. The past and future are distractions, pulling us away from taking effective action in the present.

Mindfulness is my secret weapon. It allows me to step into that "witness consciousness" – I can observe my thoughts and feelings without getting swept away by them. It's like watching clouds pass by in the sky.

How to apply this:

  • The Pause: Take a few deep breaths when you feel that procrastination urge well up. Just like I did before recording this episode, even when pressed for time!
  • Notice: Without judgment, ask yourself: "What am I feeling? What thought is making me want to resist this task?"
  • Choose: Even the simplest act of observation creates that essential space between "stimulus and response." Now, you can choose to move forward, even if fear or discomfort is still there.

Mindfulness isn't about shutting off emotions. It's about relating to them differently. Once you stop letting procrastination thoughts control you, you can reclaim your power and take charge of your day, life, and business success.

Next Steps

This week, challenge yourself to catch a moment of procrastination in the act. What thoughts or fears are driving it? Choose a small action you can take despite the fear. Join the Thrive & Serve Community for additional support and tools to live a more fearless and impactful life.

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