Whatever your ‘it’ is, be it getting fitter, increase sales or writing a book, nothing will ever change unless you start taking action. And with the right action, results will follow. It amazes me how many excuses people come up with for not achieving their goals. I like to refer to it as the ‘obstacleators’ – allowing obstacles to become the reason for not taking action. Read on to see if any of these resonate with you, and how best to overcome them so you can get that ‘it’ off your ‘to do’ list for good!
If you want something badly enough, then the desire for doing it overtakes all other obstacles.
The 3 main obstacles are:
- Unclear on the ‘how to
1. How to get more time….
You can’t physically add another hour into the day, (as much as we would love to) but you can look at ‘dead’ time and use it more effectively. Can you record ideas (dictation), when you’re in the car? Can you write when you’re commuting? Can you get up earlier, or stay an hour later in the day? If the answer is yes, happy days – start incorporating it into your routine. If the answer is no, and you’re not achieving what you need to be, then are you spending the time you do have in the most effective way? Looking at this honestly and objectively is the key to getting the answer.
Sometimes I get my clients to give their book a name – and schedule it into their diary as a meeting, as if they are a proper person. This gives the book more importance. Just because you can’t see the book, doesn’t mean it should always be the first thing to get cancelled when time gets short. Physiologically having an hour dedicated to writing a book, but filed under ‘meeting with Paul Smith’ seems to allow us to then stick to that commitment. Try it and see.
2. What are you afraid of?
Fear of success? Fear of rejection? Fear can play a large part in not starting that project, but think about it like this, who is going to judge you? Who is going to seriously jeopardise your efforts, compared to the number of people who will benefit from them? Don’t use negativity to be the decider in your choice to start. What disservice are you doing by NOT starting your project? Look at the bigger picture and trust in the universe giving you the opportunity to share your passion. Sounds simple I know, but really understanding the root of your hesitancy, and then addressing it, is the quickest way of unblocking the obstacle. Invest in a business coach if you feel you need that extra help. Having someone hold you accountable is a really effective way of banishing procrastination.
3. Unclear on the ‘how to’
As humans, we tend to follow the path of least resistance, and how that relates to procrastination, is simply we do the easy things first, and put the hard things at the bottom of the ‘to do’ list. Having ‘write a book’ as a ‘to do’ is pretty daunting. I mean, where do you start? It’s the same for ‘getting fit’ or ‘make more money’. So the way to tackle this seemingly mammoth job is to break it down onto manageable bite sized chunks. An example could be; title of book; target audience; aim of the book; names of the chapters; key message; back end products/services;
When you take this approach, your book is broken down into easy to handle sections. I’m a big fan of creating a blueprint plan, and I know that once this is completed, the book practically writes itself. So banish the ‘how do I?’ with easy to handle sections, and see what a difference that makes. Of course, getting an experienced book coach to help you with this part of the process will speed up this process.
So, there you have it. Some (hopefully) useful tips to understanding the reason to resisting getting things done and how to overcome them. No doubt you’ve heard them all before – but if you still have the same ‘it’ on your to do list, then it’s time to re-address your understanding and do something about it.