Do you procrastinate? We all do at times, but it can become problematic when it keeps us from achieving your goals, and working on our dreams.
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Gently Face Your excuses via Mindfulness
Do you procrastinate? We all do from time to time, but whenever procrastination keeps us from taking action toward our goals, it becomes problematic. However, we can use tools, such as mindfulness to uncover, face and overcome our excuses, in a gentle and loving way
Before we begin, I would like to thank our sponsor of this episode Anchor
My Recent Experience With Excuses
As I contemplated this week’s podcast and the creation of the concurring newsletter I was faced with the uneasiness of having not stuck with the schedule, I have originally envisioned for both. I decided to sit with this uneasiness for a while, allowing myself to feel and analyze my emotional response and found myself discovering excuses.
At first, I resisted them, making up excuses for my excuses, but while gently loving my way through these emotions, I began to call them by their name, instead of hiding from them.
You see when we decide to sit with our emotional responses, we may face a few moments of uneasiness, but we also can discover the lessons that are hidden behind these emotions.
- Why am I feeling this way?
- Why did I take this action – or non-action?
- Why did the excuse feel more comfortable than the actual action?
- What emotion can I attach to the action I was hiding from that can propel me to follow through?
A Gentler Approach to Procrastination
Questions like these can magnify the power of the moment of willingness to sit with what is right in front of us, a willingness to be honest, without judgment, without attaching guilt or blame. It takes some conscious effort to employ these methods every single time we encounter a roadblock, and excuse that leads to procrastination, but it can help us overcome it, and become stronger, and more proactive.
But this gentle approach of turning our excuses into lessons does not have to be limited to the time when we are faced directly by the results of our procrastination. Actually, you can work on them in gentle ways, each day, by sitting with the subject that gives you pause, and allow the sensations to appear. In this safe space, insights are born, without any pressure, which then can be implemented when you will be faced again with your triggers for procrastination.
Benefits of this Practice:
- Consistent awareness of procrastination triggers supports you in developing and strengthening of your ability to take action toward your goals
- A consistent application of this process gives you a chance to reconnect regularly with the reasons behind your goals and therefore motivate you to stay on course.
- A consistent application also gives you the chance to realize that there might be legitimate reasons behind your hesitation, after which you can make adjustments to your goals, your current process in achieving them, or acquire the resources needed to get yourself back
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