Sunday, August 24, 2008

Do you really need to lose weight before achieving your goals or are you just procrastinating?

Many people put barriers in their own way by not prioritizing their goals. Do you really need to lose weight, quit caffeine, quit smoking, or any other thing before achieving your goals or are you just procrastinating in a different, hidden or creative fashion?

Suppose that your goal is to double your income in a given time. What you have to do is to work on ways how to just do that and then decide on certain actions and then simply act. I know it is not as simple as that but the mechanism is that simple. However, when it comes to action, sometimes people just start thinking about keeping their home clean, quitting caffeine, losing weight, and a series of things that are not directly relevant to their goal at all.

This is just another type of procrastination. It comes so real that you cannot separate quitting smoking or starting jogging from doubling your income in three months. In fact, it is irrelevant. This is just something your defense mechanisms come up with. The aim is to prevent you from going on with your prior goals. This is self-sabotage. When you think that you have to lose weight before doubling your income, you make it harder to achieve your goal in your conscious and unconscious thoughts. Unfortunately, you end up doing neither of them.

What is the solution? The solution is to decide on what you want to achieve first, and then to concentrate on only that. You have to get clear about the tools and actions required for you to accomplish your goal. You can make a list about those tools and actions and then you can carefully go over this list to see if there are anything irrelevant.

It would be very helpful to write clear statements so that you can see on paper whether what you think is really logical and relevant or not. For instance:

I want to double my income in three months. Therefore, I have to lose weight.

I want to start exercising for a healthy body. Therefore, I have to keep my room clean.

Can you see? There are a lot of things that you want to do and achieve but you may have irrelevant things in your mind preventing you from acting or just making your goal seem more difficult than it is, in your mind.

Moreover, if you want to double your income and you start from quitting caffeine, this can just result in a decline in your attention to things and this would even harden your action towards your particular goal.

Procrastination is not laziness. It is rather an intelligent and tricky way of resistance to the good and self sabotage. What about your particular irrelevant roadblocks? Would you like to inspect and share them?