How to Stop Procrastination

How to Stop Procrastination

The End of Procrastination:
How to Stop Postponing and Live a Fulfilled Life

“A year from now, you will have wished you started today.”

Anonymous

It’s the one thing we’ve probably all been guilty of over the course of our lives, and that’s the inadvertent and often unconscious habit of simply ‘putting things off’.

So you can imagine my relief when I recently came across a great book by authors Petr Ludwig and Adela Schicker, named ‘The End of Procrastination’.

Whether we realise it or not our most vital resource in life is time, after all it’s the only resource that once diminished can never be replaced. However, too often than not we can easily find ourselves reaching the end of our lives wondering ‘what did I really do with my time here on planet Earth’.

It was an experience that was recently conveyed to me my one of our Leading in the Light community members who had recently found herself visiting a palliative care unit of a hospital, where an elderly man facing a terminal prognosis, took her aside to remind her of how precious and limited he felt his time had been here, and how we wished he could have lived a life that was more true and meaningful to himself.

So if you’ve been looking for a way to beat the ‘procrastination blues’ and feel that this year is the year to make a significant and outstanding difference, then here are some of the key insights, inspirations and wisdom that I gathered from Petr and Adela’s book.

Procrastination – Definition: Putting things off intentionally or habitually

We’re living in an age of ‘Decision Paralysis’:

With so more new information being generated everyday and with increasing levels of distraction, its getting harder for us to discern our truth and make decisions, this in turn can lead to greater levels of procrastination and avoidance over the things that are most important in our lives.

The cure? Train your brain to focus on what is most important by installing small daily habits that move you forward. Whether that be committing to drinking a litre of water, or taking a small walk around your block, regular consistent habits lead to long term change and increased motivation.

There are 4 Steps to Greater Personal Effectiveness:

At the core of all procrastination is often a resistance or fear to doing what is most important. Creating a radical shift in this consciousness takes a 4 step approach that includes:

[1]  A shift in internal motivation:

By becoming more connected to our vision and ‘why’ desire something, the greater the level of motivation around it.

[2] Fostering greater self-discipline:

Installing small habits and taking regular and consistent actions towards the accomplishment of our goals is vita. While it often takes 21 days to embed and install a new habit or behaviour, the greatest resistance is often found at the start of our journey. Gathering momentum and taking the step forward to what we desire is vital.

[3] Creating a state of feeling good:

When we feel good about our self we are more apt to take actions that are in alignment with our highest good. This process starts with self-belief and is self-perpetuating, leading to greater resilience, esteem and a sense of optimism or luck.

[4] Objectivity:

In order to develop ourselves we need to have objective view of our personal performance and results. This will help us to see where we need skill or resource development, helping us take greater steps to what we really want to create and attract.

We Must Connect with Our Intrinsic Motivation:

According to Ludwig and Schicker, many people are still conditioned believe that the only form of motivation is the ‘carrot and the stick’. While extrinsic motivation can help us to move forward (think of your boss giving you an ultimatum to get a task done or face the consequence of losing your job, or your partner telling you that if you don’t stop smoking they will be leaving you for ever), the effectiveness of this type of motivation is not enduring long-term.

So instead of focusing on goals, they suggest that we instead find ways to connect with a greater vision. An inspired and bigger ‘why’ that literally lights us up and acts as a beacon of possibility for our life journey. Doing so helps to open-up greater states of personal flow and freedom. Instead of focusing on short-term goals we become engaged and inspired in the ‘journey’ of self-realisation. What’s more the pre-frontal cortex becomes awakened and it is this part our brain that can help us override the fears, doubts and limitations perpetuated by our ego and or limbic system.

We Must Develop Greater Self-Regulation:

Self-regulation is the skill of giving yourself an order or directive, and then following through. Every year millions of people the world over make new year resolutions, only to find themselves a few days later having broken their own commitments to themselves.

The biggest influencer of our personal and professional success is found in our human ability to master our emotions. But how can we gain better control over our emotions? How can we learn to overcome negative emotions that place us in states of anxiety, fear, flight or freeze, and gain our power back?

The key is in learning to develop our capacity to self-regulate by learning to develop the ability of our ‘rational side’ to direct and align with our ‘emotional side’. Figuratively speaking, we all have a wild elephant (the emotional limbic system) and a rider (our rational mind). And therefore we need to learn how to empower our rider with the necessary awareness to direct our elephant in the most harmonious and advantageous way. By making small commitments and keeping them we gradually train the elephant to follow our command.

Building Better Habits:

If we are truly going to overcome procrastination and step into greater levels of empowerment in our lives, then we will need to learn how to install good habits. The greatest barrier to any new habit is the body and mind’s desire to remain in the status quo. Afterall remaining in such states is comfortable.

So, if you’ve spent the last year in lockdown without exercise and now want to get fit and healthy focusing on a 10 km run straight out of the gate may be quite confronting for your ‘elephant’. However, by learning how to ‘lower the bar’ and find the smallest task/action or outcome that we can commit to we can slowly begin to train the ‘elephant’ to awaken and to enjoy the process of exercise. This might mean setting an initial goal to just walk 15 minutes a day, or to run for just 3-5 minutes daily. Gradually raising the bar after that will train your ‘elephant’ to get started, enjoy the process and know that its capable of accomplishing more.

We Need to Discover More of Our Heroic Self:

While the term ‘Heroism’ may often bring up the notion of ‘extraordinary acts’ of courage or endeavour, Ludwig and Schicker definite it more aptly as simply being the skill of intentionally stepping out of our comfort zones.

Everyday we are being offered by the ‘university of life’ the opportunity to embrace a little more courage, a little more fortitude and a little more resilience. Simply taking small steps to move beyond our comfort zones rewards us with an extra shot dopamine – as the reward centre of the brain lights up to acknowledge our growth. And its this ‘feel good factor’ that encourages us to keep growing and experiencing more of our soul’s innate potential.

So how can you become more ‘heroic’ in your everyday life? By embracing the micro-habit of heroism in our daily lives. Regularly stepping out of the comfort zone. Giving ourselves orders and directives and consciously stepping forth all activate the brain’s reward centre.

Overcoming Our Patterns of Learned Helplessness:

When it comes to procrastination we sometimes find ourselves experiencing states of learned helplessness, a belief that we somehow don’t have the capacity or resources to change the quality and direction of our lives. Often these ‘stuck states’ can lead to resignation, depression and hopelessness. In many ways we may find ourselves in an endless loop:

  • A feeling of self-doubt
  • That leads to states of helplessness
  • That makes us resign or give away our sovereignty
  • Where we don’t feel like doing anything
  • That leads to feelings of guilt
  • Before the cycle starts again

How do we break free of these stuck states? According to the work of influential South African psychologist Phillip Zombardo, work done with American war veterans has shown that our brains work in different perspectives:

  • Past-positive oriented
  • Past-negative oriented
  • Present-oriented
  • Future-oriented

People focused on their past-negative orientation often remained stuck in their patterns. While those who could start to see the negative past as a gift and blessing, were able to release the emotional energy associated with it, freeing themselves up to embrace a more positive future. The first step is to increase your future orientation by understanding how the challenges of the past can positively influence your future.

How Can We Stop Procrastinating?

While we all have a limited time on Earth, it is the quality our small decisions and actions that will ultimately shape the destiny of our lives. In ‘The End of Procrastination‘ you will find a wonderful and compelling narrative of key insights and practices from the fields of neuropsychology, personal growth, science and management that can help you awaken more of your innate capacity to create a life of significance.

Additionally, what I found refreshing with this book was that it was not only easy to read, but it is also founded in a depth psychological research and practice. Most of all the authors have included simplified practices and tools to help embed these practices into our daily lives, while also providing engaging diagrams and working models to help simply the learning and engage more of the right side of our brains. And its why I would highly recommend this book to any purpose-driven leaders, business owners and individuals who are looking to break-free of procrastination, fear and doubt, in the pursuit of greater happiness and fulfillment.

Discover more about the book here: https://procrastination.com/book
Buy the book on Amazon here

 

Ready to Switch on a Greater Light?

Les Price is a transformational coach, author, speaker and intuitive who works with aspiring individuals, heart-centred business owners and purpose-driven leaders who want to expand their purpose, presence and influence, and make a bigger and more significant difference in their world.

If you’re in a place where procrastination, self-doubt, fear or helplessness is holding you back from realising the life or business that you know you were born to live, then make sure book an obligation-free 15 minute discovery session with Les to learn more about how we can help you move forward on your journey.

Additionally, you may also want to learn more about our Ignite Your Inner Light program and our Leading in the Light online community.

5 Keys for Awakening Your ‘G-Spot’

5 Keys for Awakening Your ‘G-Spot’

Ready to Awaken More of Your Greatness
and Claim Your Authentic Space?

Within you right now is an incredible source of power.

It is estimated that the average human being has over a trillion cells in their body that are all engaged in a myriad of life-sustaining transactions and interactions. Each of these cells is said to be able to hold 1.17 volts. Do the math and you will realise that that’s an incredible amount of potential that is present at our fingertips.

Yet how many of us are fully activating, engaging and using that innate potential every day?

While many of us take this essence for granted, we have all had experiences where we know without a doubt that something bigger moves through us and within us.

Often, it is in the moments when we are most engaged in our highest and most meaningful work that this ‘flow of energy’ presents itself to us. We are here to make a difference, and while we cannot simply rely on our own energy to fuel our endeavours and pursuits, we need to be willing to find those unique ‘points of presence’ in our lives where our greatest energy and potential is activated.

Living from Your Sweet Spot

Your G-Spot, or ‘Greatness Spot’ as I like to call it, represents the divine intersection of your greatest talents, gifts and abilities. It is also the point at which you expand seamlessly into your highest potential, where time seems to stop, energy flows and you awaken a greater essence within your being.

It is in this place that your passion meets with your true purpose. In the same way that a tennis player knows what it is like to hit a ball from the sweet spot of their tennis racquet, when you find your G-spot, and then dedicate your life to living from this place consistently, your world changes.

Discovering Your Unique Point of Presence

One of the greatest challenges for most visionary leaders is that their message fails to stand out from the deafening noise of the crowd. Learning to differentiate and position yourself as an authority in your field is fundamental for success.

However, many people focus too widely when attempting to captivate, move and influence their audience.
Before you can influence others, you first need to be in congruence with yourself. Identifying your own personal G-spot will help you get clear on your essence and help you define your own personal brand.

So how do you find your G-spot?

Well, it’s most often found at the intersection of:

  • What you are great at (your talents, skills and innate abilities).
  • What you love doing (your passions and purpose in action).
  • How you serve and contribute in the greatest way (your path of service)

Finding Purpose and Making a Sustainable Living from It

According to the guys at Hustle & Grind, your true energy, calling and purpose is often found at the intersection of:

  • What you love doing
  • What you are great at
  • And what helps you be of service to the world

But in order to transition from just having a ‘job’ to fulfilling your ‘calling’, you must be willing to also find the fourth element … which is your ability to monetise your passion and turn it into something that fulfills you financially as well.

5 Essential Tips to Claim Your Space Now

Working and living from a place of purpose and calling takes commitment. It takes a decision to value yourself, and your gifts enough that you consciously choose to follow your own inner-calling for a life of more. It also means preparing yourself to receive the rewards of that decision when you finally are ready to take the leap into your genius, your place of flow, your unique offering for the world. 

Tip#1: Take Time to Work Strategically on Your Own Life or Business

In a world of constant busyness, uncertainty and distraction it can be difficult to find time to stop and reflect on what we ‘really want’ our lives to be about. Taking regular retreats, creative sojourns, attending reflective workshops and growth programs can help us create the space that is necessary to receive the inner-wisdom of our soul.

Tip#2: Follow Your Own Path

You are unique individual. With more than 7 billion people on our planet, there is no one exactly the same as you. Instead of buying into societies conditioning of competition and comparison with others, we are all being called to simply find our own unique gifts and stand out as the beacon of light we came to be. When you consciously accept that you are already ‘more than enough’ and give up the ego’s constant comparison to others, you free yourself to live the life YOU were born to live.

Tip#3: Greatness Already Exists Within You

We have all experienced moments in our own lives where we found ourselves in a state of flow, connected creativity, where time disappeared, and we were lost in a pastime or activity that engaged us. In these moments, when we drop into our present consciousness, we literally open the door to our higher-self, our greatest self to shine forth and be present. Greatness already exists within you. Simply get lost in what you love and you will find the path home to your soul’s magnificence.

Tip#4: Let Down Your Shields and Walls

Take a look at the shields and walls of protection that have served to keep safe. Let go and release those that no longer serve your highest good. Walls and shields create separation from our truth. While they may keep vulnerability at bay, in reality they consume tremendous amounts of our unconscious energy to maintain their presence. Freedom begins the moment we are willing to drop our shields, masks and walls, and allow the light of healing to fill past wounds and cracks and restore our past into wholeness.

Tip#5: Ignite Your Own Inner-Light and Be a Beacon for Others

Every experience we have ever had serves as a teacher to help us become more of who we were truly created to be. There is no greater path that one can take than to simply find their own light, truth and path, and to then BE a beacon of hope and possibility for others. From the abused housewife that finds the strength to form a group for other woman, to the young teen that sees an opportunity to serve the homeless. Now is the time to claim your space. To find your true calling and centre and be a greater ‘light for the world’.

Want to Find Your Calling, Your Voice and Make things Happen?

If you’re in a place where you’re looking to connect more deeply with your own purpose, unleash more of your potential, and ready to awaken your own soul calling and path, then make sure to check out our quarterly Ignite Your Inner-Light – 6 Week Course.

Learn More About the Course Here

It’s a transformational journey to help you find your calling, your voice and make things happen in your world. 

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Episode 8 – Embracing Your Resilient Spirit

Episode 8 – Embracing Your Resilient Spirit

Awaken Your Resilient Spirit and Learn to
ARISE to New Levels of Purpose, Presence and Power

“Reaching beyond yourself, asking greater questions and
being willing to extend your vision – these are the keys to an enriching life.”

Les Price

Discover what it takes to truly activate the resilient presence of your spirit. In this episode we explore key strategies, insights and knowings for connecting with your most purposeful self.

Inside we’ll uncover 5 powerful steps to align your energy, engage a greater potential and invoke an inspired vision for your life. You’ll also hear the moving story of one lady who rose above the challenges in her own life to truly embrace her resilient spirit.

Here’s What You’ll Learn in this Episode …

The 4 inner-knowings we all need to embrace

How to raise your energy and ARISE to new levels of being

Why hope, creativity & passion ignite the soul

How to align your energy for greater well-being

Why we must expand and elevate our possibility now

Your Host for this Episode – Les Price

Les Price is an intuitive coach, hypnotherapist, medium and spiritual teacher who has been working in the field of business, personal and spiritual empowerment for over twenty years. As the founder of The Greatness Connection and The Soul Path Academy, Les now uses his gifts to help people globally to reconnect with their soul essence, awaken their greatest dreams and live the magical lives they were truly created to live.

www.thegreatnessconnection.com   www.lesprice.com

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Embracing a
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Psychology

Episode 4

How to Transform Your Physical Health & Nutrition

Episode 7

Creating and Living Your Empowered Life

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Episode 7 – Creating an Empowered Life

Episode 7 – Creating an Empowered Life

The 3 Essential Keys for ‘Calling Your Spirit Back’ and
Crafting a Purposeful and Empowered Life Today 

““Every step beyond the comfort zone leads you on a path
closer to discovering your ideal self.”

Les Price

We all have access to an incredible innate power to direct and shape the quality of our lives. So how can we learn to ‘call our spirit back’ and step into this presence?

In this episode I’ll personally be helping you personally identify some of the key patterns that hold most people back from living a life of greatness. Together we’ll also explore a simple 3 strategy for creating greater levels of personal awareness and stepping more fully into your authentic power and presence.

 

Here’s just some of what Les will be sharing …

A Simple 3 Step Process for Taking Back Your Power

The Key Patterns that Often Limit Your Personal Energy

Why Setting Good Boundaries is the Key to Self-Value

How to Reclaim Your Sovereignty and Divine Authority

Why Releasing Tolerations Can Liberate Your Life-Force

Your Host for this Episode – Les Price

Les Price is an intuitive coach, hypnotherapist, medium and spiritual teacher who has been working in the field of business, personal and spiritual empowerment for over twenty years. As the founder of The Greatness Connection and The Soul Path Academy, Les now uses his gifts to help people globally to reconnect with their soul essence, awaken their greatest dreams and live the magical lives they were truly created to live.

www.thegreatnessconnection.com    www.lesprice.com

Download the Episode Show Notes Here

Access the latest episode show notes, summary and
questions for awakening here

Missed an Episode?

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Episode 1

How to Rise Beyond Fear and Uncertainty

Episode 2

Developing
Your Resilient
Mindset

Episode 3

Embracing a
Positive
Psychology

Episode 4

How to Transform Your Physical Health & Nutrition

Episode 5

Boosting Your Immunity and Wellness

Episode 6

Inner-Practices for Health & Wellbeing

Episode 6 – Inner-Practices for Health & Well-being

Episode 6 – Inner-Practices for Health & Well-being

Learn How to Transcend Fear, Stress and Anxiety
Through Mindfulness, Meditation and a Return to Presence

“Watch your thoughts, for they become your words.
Watch your words, for they become your actions.
Watch your actions, for they become your habits.
Watch your habits, for they become your character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”

Lao Tzu

A powerful mantra to help you deepen inner-awareness

How to come back into your natural 'presence'

Why anxiety can't exist in a relaxed body

The vital power of mindful breath work

How meditation has a cumulative effect on our health

Guest Contributor for this Episode – Robyn Wood

Robyn has been personally been assisting individuals and workplaces improve their health and well-being for over 30 years. As a natural therapist, educator, meditation teacher and health practitioner she has a deep understanding of the world of energy, and its effect on human health and behaviour.

Robyn is also the author of 101 Strategies for True Health and Empowerment: The Definitive Guide to Holistic Health and Healing from Within.

www.robynmwood.com

Bonus Content: Clearing Meditation

Learn how to clear your personal energy and release inner-blockages with this transformational meditation practice by Robyn Wood.

Additionally, you can also access Robyn’s latest video and top tips for growing through the Covid 19 crisis below.

Download the Episode Show Notes Here

Access the latest episode show notes, summary and
questions for awakening here

Missed an Episode?

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Episode 1

How to Rise Beyond Fear and Uncertainty

Episode 2

Developing
Your Resilient
Mindset

Episode 3

Embracing a
Positive
Psychology

Episode 4

How to Transform Your Physical Health & Nutrition

Episode 5

Boosting Your Immunity and Wellness