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Procrastination on long-term projects or goals

November 15, 2010

Procrastination is a universal problem when it comes to finishing long-term projects or working on long-term goals.  I suspect that most blocks originate from the same source, whether it’s fear of making cold calls, to trepidation about making blog posts (my hand is invisibly raised).  There is a fear of rejection, failure, ridicule.  I think you all know what I’m talking about.A house is built brick by brick

What do I mean by a long-term project or goal?

  • It’s one that is way too big to be done in a day, a week, and usually, a month.  It’s too big to be done all at once.
  • It takes persistence and the ability to work on it on a daily basis, at least in some small way, to keep it moving forward.
  • It may excite you at first, but overwhelm you when it comes to implementing step number one of 1,000.

Building a house comes to mind, except that it is done with a team and a deadline.  But it must be built brick by brick, so to speak.  Examples that apply to the clients of change agents include:

  • Starting a business
  • Implementing a marketing campaign
  • Writing a book
  • Staying on a diet
  • Maintaining an exercise program
  • Please add anything to this list that you can think of!

One of the biggest reasons that people procrastinate is that they can.  That sound ridiculous at first glance, but think about it.  You procrastinate on tasks for which:

  • No one will know whether you did it today.
  • You can put it off without any immediate, obvious, harm done
  • There is no deadline, at least in the short run
  • You can delude yourself into thinking that you can do it all later, in one big marathon rush (and maybe you can, at great cost to your sanity and physical health)
  • There is not a big sense of satisfaction that you took a small step towards a giant, overwhelming goal

My mission is to help people find ways to gain the satisfaction of building that house, even if it is one brick a day.



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