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  • Writer's pictureDr. Mena Perone Birett

How to Overcome Procrastination and Fear of Failure

You Can Never Cross the Ocean Unless You have the Courage to Lose Sight of the Shore.” – André Gide.

Procrastination and fear of failure can create a vicious cycle. This cycle of negative feelings and time-wasting are arguably the single greatest obstacle that stands between you and building the quality of life you want and deserve.

Before you change your behavior you have to change how you think about yourself, your potential, and the behavioral choices you make. Take a moment and visualize that you have achieved the best possible outcome. How great will it will look and feel to turn your procrastination into high level, sustained productivity.

Now, visualize the worst possible outcome. Can you imagine the anticipated pain, frustration, and feelings of failure?

Which one feels better? What stops so many of us from making that short jump from the "self-limiting-beliefs" into confidence?

One of the biggest reasons people procrastinate and experience failure is because it’s so easy to hide behind excuses instead of doing the work . We chose to think thoughts like:

“I’ll never be able to do this.”

“I’m not smart enough.”

“I don’t have the money right now.”

“I already have too many responsibilities.”

These kinds of limiting beliefs can seem so “comfortable” emotionally. They also appear to provide a quick escape route from forcing yourself to do the work. But in reality, they do nothing more than hold you back from building the kind of life you really want.

The truth is self-limiting beliefs and excuses only offer us false emotional comfort. Developing the kind of attitudes and beliefs that empower you to directly face and overcome the inevitable challenges and failures (better known as opportunities) will enable you to enjoy real and repeated success in life.

Now when it comes to procrastination, take a moment to really focus in on the emotions that sustain this for you. The negative feelings that fuel your procrastination are usually not all that comfortable, right? When you chose to live in the illusion of procrastination, you’re actually trading long term gain, growth, happiness, well-being for mindless self-interruption.

The most successful people know the incredible power of jumping right in and staying there when it’s time to get things done.

Push yourself- HARD - and you will be amazed at how great you will feel about your potential and accomplishments!

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