Are you really lazy or is it something much deeper?
Do you worry that you are becoming a chronic procrastinator?
While you may pawn off your lack of success or being where you want to be by merely stating that, “I’m just so lazy about doing __________.” But sometimes the truth is much more revealing than that. Have you thought about why you procrastinate more than you’d like?
For this post I will be using the terms “lazy” and “procrastinating/procrastination” interchangeably. Even though they can have different meanings on their own.
Maybe Your Procrastination Is Really Perfectionism in Disguise
For years, I would “drag my feet” and not want to get started on certain projects. I was always waiting for the perfect day of the week. Or when everything around me was going perfectly. The truth is there really is no perfect day on the calendar—every day comes with its own unique challenges. I have to be the one to rise above challenges and try to manage my time around them.
The biggest thing for me was just being able to get up and say, “Well, I’m just going to get started. Good, bad or ugly—I’m doing this. I can always go back and tweak, redo or fix. I’m just going to get started so I can finish.”
Maybe you can relate to this or maybe your procrastination is something other than perfectionism.
Maybe Your Procrastination Is Really Fear
Maybe you are worried about what will happen if you fail at an endeavor. What will others say? How will you “save face”?
I hear this from coaching clients all the time. I merely tell them to try it and see. Maybe if the project fails, you will find something better fitted. Sometimes you have to fail at a few things to be able to finally find what you want in life. Some of the greatest inventions in history were a result of an invention failing to do one thing, but solving another unrelated problem. Remember the Post-Its story or the liquid paper story?
Be open to serendipity and being able to switch paths when you see the leading.
Maybe Your Procrastination is Really a Feeling of Being Overwhelmed
This is not hard to feel this way sometimes with so many demands put on us in our careers and daily lives. However, it is okay to ask for help. It is also okay to take a project and break it down into several smaller projects as well. Plan out the project in a way that keeps it moving forward, but not at an unrealistic pace.
When the project starts to feel overwhelming to you, know when to say when. Got it?
Maybe Your Procrastination is Really a Lack of Confidence
This can happen when you’ve tried things in the past, and they did NOT work out as planned. It is easy to sit back and expect history to repeat itself. However, it is even more noble to go ahead and create your own history or outcome. So, rise up and conquer those obstacles and self-doubts. Realize that if that is what you want, then you owe it to yourself to give it your best try ever.
Part of goal setting is to believe you can achieve the goal. Even if it takes practice, time, coaching, reassessing, and a few other things—you can achieve your goal!
Maybe Your Procrastination is Really Not Being in Touch With Your True Authenticity
We’ve all had to do work sometimes, which really didn’t do much more for us than pay the bills. It certainly didn’t align with our own unique skill and talents. It was just something we did until something better came along. It was boring, demeaning, low-paying, and stressful or any combination of that.
We knew every day that it was not what we wanted to do for the rest of our lives. Don’t let it destroy you. Try to move on and try to find something better or create a better income stream or opportunity for yourself. If you don’t know how, there are people that can help (hint, hint, yours truly).
So, there you have it! Now, go and uncover your own real reasons for procrastination. More importantly, stop them from undermining your success and powerful purpose.
As always, I’d love to hear from you. What have you discovered about your “laziness” or procrastination and how are you working through it? Feel free to leave a comment below.