Procrastination can be painful but at its core it is nothing but a (really) bad habit.
However, it can be a nasty little one and it quite often holds us back from getting what we really want in life.
The question then seems to be, ”how can I begin to establish empowering habits to support the fulfillment of my goals?”
Changing habits isn’t always easy but it can be done if you really want to.
Although many people would argue that it’s too tough and give up it doesn’t have to be that difficult. Once we understand the nature of habits and how they work it becomes a lot easier to cause correct.
Personally, I learned a lot from doing gardening and the laws of nature.
For the past 3 summers I have been digging out Bamboo roots in my garden and I couldn’t help but notice how the pattern of the bamboo roots seems much like the pattern of habits.
Here are a few of the traits that I see bamboo roots and habits share:
- They go deep (well established) and have their persistent ways
- The hide below the surface (our habits are most often run by our subconscious mind)
- They can be tricky if we don’t identify the relationship between the cause and the effect
It is not the strength of one single habit that makes it hard to break – more so we need to take the time out to identify the root cause and find out why we have the habits that we do and observe the results that our habits create.
For example. You may be focusing on stress in you life and how it affects you in terms of sleepless nights or obsessive worrying, nail biting and so forth. Although that could be perfectly understandable, I would encourage you to focus elsewhere as this – as unpleasant as it may be – is only the effect of a much deeper root cause.
A better focus could be to look in the direction of your inner belief system.
What is the belief that you hold which is causing the stress?
Do you believe that your work has to be perfect for it to be good enough to bring value to other people or for your boss to approve of it?
And if your work doesn’t live up to your inner critic’s standards – do you give up on yet another project or promotion?
Don’t feel discouraged by this.
There is very good news. You are the CEO of your own habits.
And as the CEO of your own habits you can change them for the better.
Once we understand the nature of our habits there are actually many relatively simple ways to change those (nasty) habits.
Although each of the followings tips could be the subject of an entire article in it self, I hope that you will get the idea. It is also worth remembering that even just a small baby step can actually lead to major changes.
Click here if you want to read the 7 tips that I give to help you change your habits to create lasting results.