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5 Suggestions For Dealing With Procrastination

Procrastination

Have you ever, even once in your life, procrastinated?  I am sure that virtually all of us will respond to this question by saying, “Duh!!  Of course I have!” It really isn’t a matter of “if” we procrastinate – it’s just a matter of “to what degree” we do it.

So what causes one to procrastinate?  I think that’s a fair question, because we have no chance of minimizing or eliminating procrastination from our lives until we understand what drives us – uniquely – individually – to procrastinate – to not do the things we need to do.

Here’s my list of top procrastination drivers (and I’ll bet you can add to it).

  • Fear.  Fear of all kinds can stop us in our tracks.  Fear of failure; fear of success; fear of not fitting in; fear of being ridiculed, criticized, or made fun of – you can add your own flavor here, too.
  • Being overwhelmed.  Sometimes we have so many things on our plates that we literally can’t decide what to do next.  At that point, it’s sometimes easier to just do nothing than it is to pick something and get started.
  • Lack of focus.  If you haven’t established your goals and highest priorities, the lack of focus it creates can foster kind of a lackadaisical attitude that allows us to justify not taking action.
  • Laziness.  Some of us are just plain lazy.  We procrastinate because there is no internal motivation that is driving us.  We don’t achieve because we don’t want to.

I read a quote the other day that says, “Procrastination is opportunity’s assassin”.

Procrastination is a success killer!  It will rob you of your dreams.

So how do we go about overcoming procrastination?  Here are some suggestions:

  • Eliminate fear.  The only way to destroy fear is to look it squarely in the eye and take action in spite of it.  As you do, several powerful things happen:

— Fear melts away

— You realize that the fear you had imagined was nowhere near as bad as you made it out to be

— You begin building confidence to blow through other fears in your life

  • Start small and get big.  If you’re overwhelmed, get to work.  Start with something small and watch the momentum build.  As you do, your list of to-do’s will shrink and, almost before you know it, you’ll be working on the really important stuff.
  • Define your life and goals.  All truly successful people got where they are by knowing what they want from life.  When you have goals, they provide focus that literally propels you forward.  Most people spend an enormous amount of time and energy planning their summer vacations.  How much more important is it for you to spend at least that much time (if not more) planning your life?
  • Move from laziness to productivity.  This takes discipline and practice.  Being productive is a habit one develops over time.  It starts with a commitment to take small actions, and then to build on those actions to do more and more – and more.  Once you discover your true capacity for accomplishment, you’ll never go back!
  • Give it time.  Anything worth having and doing in life is worth working for – and taking the time to develop.  Don’t expect instant results, but do commit to giving it your all for at least 60 days.  You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much progress you can make in that short period of time.

©2014 by Gary L. Smith and Optimum Performance Technologies, LLC (optechs.com).  All rights reserved.

Gary Smith’s Book Publicized

Fantastic to hear that Myra Goldick of Never Say impossible Radio mentioned my book The Shepherd and the Princess on her radio show. We can’t wait to have Myra back as a Special Guest on The Gary Smith Show.

3 Keys for Effectively Pursuing Your Goals

Let’s face it – if we are all completely honest with ourselves, 95% of us would have to admit that, as business owners, we spend far more time in reaction mode and than we do proactively going for things.

Strategies For Achieving Your Goals

Years ago, I created a system that allows me to make steady progress toward the achievement of my goals. My secret? Planning my week in advance.  Every Sunday, I spend at least 1-2 hours looking at the week ahead and developing a plan for what I am going to do and where I am going to invest my time.

I highly recommend the following 3-step process for making the most effective and efficient use of your work time.

  1. Get clear on your top goals and priorities for the week.  Remember, successful people know what they want from life and they laser focus on their top goals.
  2. Address each goal as a project.  Plan the project details and timeline (what are the next steps, when do they need to be completed, how long will they take, and how much time are you allocating to them this week).
  3. Block time in your calendar to work on your goals and top priorities.  The time you put into your calendar is a non-negotiable appointment with yourself.  You need to spend time each week focusing on your highest priorities.

Importance Of Doing The Simple Things

Many people claim that they don’t have the time to do these simple things – and that’s why they will never see their dreams come true.  Listen to me when I tell you that: Success involves doing the simple things consistently and extraordinarily well!

You must know what you want, you must have a detailed plan for achieving it, and you must faithfully work your plan. That is the only way to achieve your goals.

Give us a call at 203.599.1467 or email us at info@optechs.com.  We can help you make your dreams a reality!

©2014 by Gary L. Smith and Optimum Performance Technologies, LLC (optechs.com).  All rights reserved.

5 Ways to Stop Hurrying & Start Living

The country music band Alabama has a song about the pace of life that says: “I’m in a hurry to get things done.  Oh, I rush and I rush until life’s no fun.  All I really gotta do is live and die.  But I’m in a hurry and I don’t know why.”

Finding Time To Start Living

Are there times when life feels like a blur as it races by?  As productivity expert David Allen asks, “Are there days when you feel like you’re half a beat behind?”  Are you constantly trying to “keep up with the Jones’” as you run to win the race of life?

Why?  Why are we always running a thousand miles an hour with our hair on fire?  Why can’t we ever seem to catch up?  Why does life seem so complicated and difficult?

A Few Steps To Start Living Differently

Have you tried, somewhat unsuccessfully to answer these questions?  If so, then here are 5 ways to stop hurrying and start living.

  1. Discover your focus.  Have you ever noticed how relaxed and happy really successful people are?  Ever wondered why?  The answer is simple: they are focused on their highest priorities and they’ve used this focus to filter out and discard the unimportant and irrelevant things in life.
  2. Balance your life.  Truly successful people have an amazing sense of balance in their lives.  They allocate time among all of their priorities – work, marriage, family, church, community – and that balance gives them a great sense of inner peace.
  3. Get organized.  How much time do you waste every day due to lack of organization?  You need to make a phone call but can’t find the number.  You can’t remember where you left the file you need for a meeting that starts in fifteen minutes.  Having a dynamic system that captures, processes, and puts everything in your life at your finger tips just when you need it is a crucial part of achieving unusual success.
  4. Set priorities.  Prioritize your activities for each day.  Doing so keeps you focused on your highest priorities and gives you a roadmap for the day.
  5. Relax.  Take time to relax and reflect every day.  Spending time in daily reflection helps you learn about yourself and your world.  It gives you the opportunity to make appropriate changes in response (not reaction) to what’s going on in your life.  Reflecting on today and planning tomorrow before you go to bed at night also clears your mind and gives you better rest.

If you are hurrying and not living, give us a call at 203.599.1467, or email us at info@optechs.comWe have some great programs to help you get you life on track so that you can start living again!

 

©2014 by Gary L. Smith and Optimum Performance Technologies, LLC (optechs.com).  All rights reserved.

3 Suggestions For Working Through The Trials Of Life

Literally millions of people around the world have learned and benefitted from the ministry if Kay Arthur.  What most people don’t know, however, is that her impactful work would not have happened without a bitter disappointment early in her career.  When Kay was serving as a missionary in Mexico, she contracted a heart infection that cut her work short and forced her to return home.

She was depressed and despondent until God revealed a greater purpose to her.  While living in Chattanooga, Kay began teaching the Bible to teenagers in her home – and out of those experiences came what was to become her life’s work.  She wrote, “It would be several years I’d see how He’d [God] use those formative years of study in Mexico to prepare me to write inductive Bible studies that would eventually reach fifty-two countries.”

Dealing With The Trials Of Life

As human beings striving to find meaning and prosperity for our families, and ourselves we seldom understand the trials of life at the time we are experiencing them.  We may find ourselves suffering and feeling like complete failures.  But when we learn the power of perseverance, as time passes we look back and see how the trials we have been through have helped us to grow and prepared us for greater accomplishments in life.

Here are some simple suggestions to help you learn to persevere through your trials of life:

  1. Don’t focus on the trials of life.  Rather than being consumed with the challenge, continually ask yourself, “What can I learn from this experience?  How is this preparing me to be a better person?”
  2. Push through.  I have seen far too many people who allowed trials to stop them just inches short of achieving amazing success.  It is when our trials seem greatest that we are the closest to breaking through to victory.  DON’T GIVE UP!
  3. Focus on your dreams.  Your dreams are the fuel in your gas tank of life that ultimately drive you toward achieving greatness.  Stay focused on your ultimate goals and keep pushing forward – no matter what!

 

©2014 by Gary L. Smith and Optimum Performance Technologies, LLC (optechs.com).  All rights reserved.