Growing up I have always been a serial procrastinator.
I have always viewed this as a negative attribute, an excuse if you will. something that always prevented me from reaching my full potential.
You could argue the reason people experience these states of procrastination have an ever over-bearing defeatist attitude that seems to consume 90% of this planet’s population (over exaggeration, but you get the point). The question however, is how do you overcome this and reach those goals that you aspire to achieve (the reason for the mental block), Whether its washing up the dishes or growing your business to 7 figures, that big thing that is grinding you to a halt could be your brilliant ability to procrastinate.
I have learnt that In order to overcome that, you have to understand why you are experiencing it, and what it is that making you experience it. Now you may think that the reason this is re-occurring constantly for you is that you are completing a boring task or you’re not working to your full potential or something is even happening outside of work, so your head is not fully in the game.
A hard lesson for me was that these reasons are all wrong, now I’m not saying that they aren’t contributing factors, these are symptoms of what the root cause is, and that root cause unfortunately is your own emotional weakness. You find yourself placing these barriers in front of you because progressing is hard. Growing your knowledge, over coming your mental block is difficult, it takes time, will power and drive, so you throw up road blocks to prevent you from getting to your destination, you use excuses to justify your lack of will to overcome something that is complicated, something you do not understand.
You see the problem when we hit a mental road block, is because we have used up all of our mind’s knowledge on that given subject, we are unable to penetrate these barriers because we don’t know how. We’ve been smashing through them before with no resistance but now it seems we have exhausted that resource, we can now no longer plough through these barriers and our task now seems insurmountable, so I want you to take a step back think, just because we can no longer smash through these barriers any longer, that does not mean that we cannot get past them.
We have to remember there barriers are scalable they’re not overly wide, they have cracks in them they are more than capable of being overcome, you just don’t know how to yet, you don’t know how to climb them, you don’t know how to go around them, you don’t know how to squeeze through the cracks of these barriers to keep moving forward, and that is because you don’t have the knowledge to get through them anymore remember. You have used all of your knowledge getting to this point.
Now it comes back to that idiom that you hear over and over again, ‘Knowledge is power’ but I don’t mean it in the historical sense, I mean yes you are correct having knowledge gives you an advantage of others but think of it this way.
The ability to truly know yourself gives you the power to see past what that other 90% of the planet cannot.