Thursday, April 17, 2008

Strategies for Success and Happiness - How to Defeat Procrastination by Deborah Coates

"The best way to get something done is to begin" - Author Unknown
There are lots of reasons people procrastinate. Therapists may say you fear failure, feel insecure, or are a great escape artist. Acting like an ostrich and burying your head in the sand, pretending what you need to do will just go away if you ignore it long enough prevents you from enjoying life completely.

If you have ever wanted to cure yourself of this nagging habit and find a remedy for getting things done in a timely fashion, the following technique will surprise you and give you the desired results. If you have never done this before, this is what's called visualization.

Visualize Completion

You will be amazed at how much you will achieve and the speed with which you will succeed when you see yourself going through the motions. This is a powerful tool. Your ability to reach a deep level of concentration depends on your ability to relax and keep your mind from distracting thoughts.

Put yourself in a comfortable position, sit in a chair or lie down with your eyes closed. Focus on relaxing all of your muscles, beginning with your toes all the way up to your face. Breathe naturally through your nose and as you exhale silently state a word or phrase to keep your mind from wandering off. This will make you relaxed and with practice every day you should be able to return quickly to this relaxed state.

Now that you're relaxed think about the task you want to complete and focus only on that. Visualize the tools you will need to gather or the people to whom you will need to speak to, to finish your task. Form mental images of yourself and walk yourself through all the steps necessary in vivid detail to complete whatever it is you are postponing. Take yourself down each mental path until you have reached the desired outcome and it is finished.

When you resume your activity you will find yourself doing exactly what you pictured in your mind's eye. Now treat yourself for a job well done. Congratulations, you are going down the right path toward conquering procrastination.

If you make a habit of visualizing yourself doing the things that you ordinarily put off, you'll be amazed at how much you can accomplish with no more procrastination.

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