My friend and colleague Deb Kennedy, from Strategic Directions Coaching has written this interesting and helpful blog on how to move through procrastination and fear to find success!
Moving Beyond Procrastination – The Shift from Desire to Discipline
By: Deb Kennedy - Executive Coach, MBA/ ACC, CPC
How many times have you set out to accomplish something – a work assignment, a new project, skill, entrepreneurial venture, hobby or healthy habit – only to stop short before bringing your efforts through to completion? You’ve done your research, your enthusiasm is high and you have the necessary skills. And yet, days and weeks and sometimes months pass and you have made no progress toward your goal.
All of us deal with procrastination at times, but if you begin to notice that it is a regular ‘go-to’ for you, you may want to give it some attention.
Procrastination is a coping mechanism. It sometimes alleviates the stress of having to take on something we are unsure how to handle. Other times, we may procrastinate to protect ourselves from criticism. By avoiding taking a next step on a project, we don’t put our work in a position for comment or critique.
Research has shown that procrastination may be closely linked to perfectionism. The desire to complete an effort perfectly every time may have the effect of slowing our efforts and limiting our accomplishments. Procrastination also aligns with ‘people pleasing’ and the fear that others won’t understand or encourage our efforts. Below are some thoughts for your consideration: