What’s holding you back from doing what you want? Once you acknowledge what’s holding you back, you can find ways to change and truly enjoy your life.
VOICES IN YOUR HEAD
The voices in your head come directly from your subconscious mind. When you were young most of those voices were your mother’s. “Don’t put your hand on the stove – you’ll hurt yourself!” “Don’t eat before you swim, you’ll get cramps!” Even, “Always wear clean underwear just in case you go to the hospital!” Those voices were there to keep you safe.
“It will never work.”
“Success only happens to lucky people.”
“The only way to lose weight is to struggle.”
Find the best way for you to change those voices and nothing will ever get in your way.
The biggest driving force behind most procrastination is FEAR. Fear of the unknown. Fear of change. Fear of Failure. (Fear of success isn’t a real fear so I don’t include it. It’s really a fear of change.) Another reason people procrastinate is because they feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start. They tend to worry about how to start and the result is they stay stuck in their thoughts. Poor time management can also contribute to procrastination.
So, what can you do about this? The next time you notice that you are procrastinating, ask yourself, “Am I afraid of something?” “Am I overwhelmed?” or “Where do I start?” Take your answer and head over to Google and find out how others handle this. The answers are here. You just have to ask them.
LISTENING TO ADVICE
I’m going to share a true story about someone who has probably learned to stop listening to the advice of others. When I was 23, I was a broker at Merrill Lynch. One day a woman called and said she wanted to purchase 3,000 shares of a new company. She was excited and enthusiastic about the company. She also had a strong hunch about it’s future success. After she told me what the company did, I gave her my best down-to-earth advice: “I don’t think you want to purchase shares in a company where the product has never been proven to be successful. Why don’t you wait for a few years and see what happens first.”
She took my advice and never purchased stock in QVC because she felt my advice was sound.
Moral: When you have a hunch, trust yourself.
WHAT WAS THE WORST ADVICE YOU EVER RECEIVED? Please share it!