If you need advice on overcoming procrastination, then here are 4 NLP motivation strategies that may be the key you have been looking for.
Procrastination is something that many people struggle with throughout their lives. It begins at a young age in school – putting off doing homework until the morning that it’s due, or studying for a quiz in class moments before the teacher passes out the questions.
There are a lucky few who overcome this bad habit as they grow into adulthood. However, for most they carry it with them into their daily adult lives that can negatively affect their careers, their relationships with others, and surprisingly, their heart health. Luckily for them, there is a way to end procrastination once and for all.
The cure for procrastination is self-motivation.
When you procrastinate you are really demotivating yourself from getting a task done. If you were consistently motivated every single day as soon as your alarm clock buzzes, procrastination would not be a part of your vocabulary.
There are four ways people demotivate themselves.
- Feeling overwhelmed. When we feel overwhelmed by a task that is in front of us, a simple pile of laundry might feel like an impossible mountain we’re forced to scale looming over us. Feeling this way stems from a feeling of helplessness, a psychological attachment that we develop in early childhood. Overwhelm is that repressed attachment resurfacing in the inability to break down tasks into something that is manageable. How to overcome the feeling of being overwhelmed is to break off pieces of the task that can be pictured clearly in your mind. Take the pile of laundry, and divide it into smaller piles of correlating colors. Take it piece by piece, rather than focusing on the whole. You can also become more aware of when feeling helpless has affected you at different times in your life. Trace it all the way back to when it began, and decide for yourself that now is the time to let it go.
- Self-dictatorship. It sounds harsh, but that’s exactly what it is. It’s that voice yelling in your head, ordering you around like your very own personal drill-sergeant. “You’re so lazy! You can’t do anything right! Do something with your life!” It feels like an authority figure making you feel terrible about yourself and every decision you make. So, what do you do? Rebel. Stick it to the man. You become so frustrated with that voice that you end up resenting it and losing all motivation for yourself. I have some bad news for you: that voice is your voice, so you end up resenting yourself. When you resent yourself, all self-motivation goes out the window. The way to quiet this inner dictator, is to practice speaking to yourself as you would a dear friend. Instead of demanding that you do something, invite yourself to it. Be kind to yourself. Learn how to respect yourself. With practice and patience, you can learn how to tame this voice so that it helps you instead of harming you.
- Holding ourselves back. We cling to what we know. We are most comfortable with what we’re used to. When all that we have known is a life full of scarcity and instability, that is all that we accept. We never encourage ourselves to break free of the cage that we have built around ourselves of fear, hopelessness, and discomfort because that cage is all that we know. We chose to remain blind to the endless possibilities around us and that we have a choice in this. The cage is unlocked. All that we need is self-motivation, but if that means we’re heading towards an unfamiliar place then we refuse to open the door. This is a psychological attachment that we cling to. Fortunately, there is a method for letting go of deep rooted attachments called the AHA Solution. This method will help you see that there is nothing to fear, and any problems that arise can be dealt with and moved past. Having no inner conflict holding you back will help you find the motivation that you need to work towards your goals.
- Putting others before ourselves. Before you cast this aside thinking that putting others first is a good thing, anything in excess can be bad for you. When you care only what others think or are constantly putting their needs ahead of your own, you are depriving yourself of the focus you need on your own life and can end up forgetting what makes you feel happy. You can lose sight of your own hopes and dreams and care only about what others expect of you. The worst part of it is, you might be wrong about their expectations. They may want you to be happy and do what’s best for you, yet you have no idea. You lose self-motivation because you have been conditioned to believe that focusing on yourself is wrong. Well, here’s some good news: it is not wrong. In fact, it will help make your relationships stronger with others, because you will have a strong relationship with yourself. You can still care about the needs of others, but you must find a balance. Look where you need to draw boundaries in your life for your own well-being. Find where people are taking advantage of you (they might be doing this without realizing it) and decide that you respect yourself enough to end it. By putting yourself first, you might end up helping others in the long run too.
Putting procrastination in the past.
Motivation is the key to defeating procrastination once and for all. Once you incorporate these 4 NLP strategies into your life, you will feel more confident at work, with your family, and with your life.
With procrastination out of the way, will finally be able to focus on completing projects with improved time management, so you can spend as much quality time with yourself and loved ones as possible. If that was the only reason to overcome procrastination, then it is well worth it.