“When you feel enthusiasm to do something, it means you’ve lined up the Energy, and you are being inspired to take action from that point of alignment. When you don’t feel like doing it, don’t push yourself, because your effort is not worth it. But, when you line up the Energy, the feeling of procrastination goes away”. Abraham Hicks
The P Word: Procrastination
You have a Presentation to prepare but find yourself on Instagram or watching Netflix instead, does this sound familiar to you?
Procrastination, as we are all very well aware, is the putting off of something we “have” to do, or need to do, and doing something else instead. We choose any distracting behaviour to quell the anxiety experienced when we know it is time to do the thing we are most dreading. Avoidance activities, however, only make us feel better in the short run.
Just about everyone has negative beliefs and thoughts that block action that needs to be taken.
Occasional procrastination, though frustrating, doesn’t generally affect our wellbeing. However, studies have shown that chronic procrastination can have high costs which undermine health. If procrastination is affecting any area of your life you are likely to feel overwhelmed, or agitated or helpless or perhaps all three.
- Are you procrastinating now as you read this instead of completing your tax return as you promised yourself you would?
- Do you get a sinking feeling in your stomach just thinking about it?
We can re-programme our subconscious minds to stop this self-sabotaging behaviour. Self-awareness is the starting point – admit to yourself that you are procrastinating, then look for the negative beliefs that could be running your behaviour. Perfectionists often have unrealistic expectations of themselves and are consumed by thoughts of self-doubt. Some people with issues around control and authority are also procrastinators especially when they feel that something has GOT to be done.
So if procrastination is an issue you have been putting off, here is some help:
Tap on the bodily sensations that arise when you think about attempting the dreaded task.
Tap on the feelings that arise, eg. fear. Tap on the resistance, eg;
“Even though I don’t want to do this……”
“Even though it is impossible to start….”
When you think about THE TASK ask yourself, “What does this remind me of?” and tap on all aspects of the memories that come up. It might be a maths lesson at school when you were humiliated or a memory when a judgmental parent criticised your efforts when you made a meal for the family.
And/Or Use repeated visualisations to change your feelings and behaviour.
- Relax your body.
- Get into a drowsy, meditative light trance and fill your mind with a movie of the way you would like things to be, knowing that your subconscious mind can bring it about in the easiest way.
- See yourself settling to the task with enthusiasm in the knowledge that you will be able to complete it to your complete satisfaction easily and enjoyably.
- Bring all your senses on board. What can you see, hear, feel, smell and taste?
Repeat this mental movie regularly after reaching a really relaxed state.
Jocelyn and Kristina at Trance-Formed