Did you know that Procrastination has increased 5 fold over the past 3 decades?
Did you know that as much as 75% of university/college students procrastinate on doing their coursework and homework?
Do you procrastinate?
IMAGINE a life where there is no hesitation or procrastination and you just get on to doing the most important things in life.
YOU don't need to imagine anymore! Path To Freedom is a proven program to get to the Root Cause of your procrastination and eliminate it once and for all.
In our experience, there are usually 2 main causes of Procrastination:
1) Self Doubt - where does self doubt come from? Do you see most children under 5 years showing self doubt? - No! So what happened?
Self doubt is usually formed through 2 main processes:
Emotional Trauma - an event (Original Sensitising Event) that usually causes some emotional pain. This usually happens in childhood but can happen later on when there are incidents (eg failed relationships, getting fired etc). We all put a meaning/form a belief from the major incidents in our lives. The most common meaning of belief we put to the negative incidents in our life is 'I am NOT good enough'.
If you hear something often enough (even if it is negative) it begins to form a program in our minds that then goes on to play on autopilot. So if you have heard that 'you won't amount to anything' or 'you are not good at that' or even the word 'NO' on a regular basis it turn into self talk.
The anatomy of Procrastination:
A) Original Sensitising Event - a 'negative' event that usually causes some kind of emotional pain. It could be a parent shouting at a child after they did something 'wrong', physical abuse, sexual abuse of simply the teacher and other kids laughing at the child in kindergarten for doing something normal (like peeing their pants).
B) Meaning/Belief - it should be very easy to understand how a child can form a belief of Self-Doubt (sounds like an oxymoron I know) if they are shouted at for doing something they were just being a child at.
C) Emotion - when there is self doubt, one can feel anxiety, fear and other negative emotions. This emotion can often be felt physically in the body which often leads to fatigue which further exaggerates the need/justification to procrastinate.
D) Story - when there is fear and anxiety one will do everything possible to NOT to do the task at hand and we make up a story in our head to justify not doing the task. Maybe the story is 'if I fail, I will be laughed at or humiliated (just like when I was a kid), so I won't bother to try'.
E) Procrastination - when this or something similar is the story that you tell yourself, then you will most likely not attempt the particular task and procrastinate.
People try many things to get over procrastination like self motivation, giving themselves an incentive if they accomplish the task or take a time management class.
These seldom work because the ROOT CAUSE of the procrastination was not identified.
You cannot change the Root Cause (Original Sensitising Event) but you can change the interpretation and meaning/belief about the Original Sensitising Event. Once you change the meaning/belief then your emotions will change. When the emotions change the story will change and you will TAKE ACTION!
I personally guide you through this process in the Path To Freedom online program.
2) Lack of Purpose - if you do not have a deep purpose for what you are doing, it is easy to procrastinate. Unfortunately most people do not really enjoy what they do. Studies have shown that as much as 80% of people are disengaged from their jobs.
It is critical that what you do is deep rooted in a sense of purpose. To test the depth of the root I use the 7 Levels Deep exercise. Take a goal that you have or a project that you are working on and ask 'Why do I want to accomplish this goal?'. Then take the answer that you come up with and and ask yourself 'Why is that important to me?'. For example, if you have a goal to get a promotion in your job, ask yourself 'Why do I want to get a promotion?'. The answer you might come up with might be to earn more money. Then ask 'Why is earning more money important to me?'.
When you have the answer to that question again ask 'Why is earning more money important to me?'. Keep going and asking the same question 'Why is that important to me?' up to 7 times. If you cannot get to #7 then it is possible that you don't really have a deep enough purpose for the goal/project that you have. When that is the case, you will most likely be prone to procrastination.
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Remember, Don't Settle for 7 - GO FOR 10!
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Shane Ram is an Executive and Life Coach, HR Consultant, author and a sought after global keynote speaker. He is the CEO of STEP HR Consulting, Founder of Scientific Happiness, Property Investor, Founder of Don’t Settle for 7 – Go For 10. Shane works with CEOs, corporations, 6-7 Figure business owners and entrepreneurs to increase revenue, grow their businesses and live more fulfilling lives.
Shane's strikingly effective coaching process shows individuals and corporate teams how to create the personal lives they want while becoming a megastar at work. To book a time to speak with Shane go to https://meetme.so/shaneram. To book Shane for events and seminars go to www.shaneram.com or www.stepadvisors.net, call 1-868-351-5000 or email at [email protected]
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