If you’re looking for ways to beat laziness, avoid procrastination, then read this article.
But one request !
Don’t just read and get busy with life.
At least pick up one tip that you’ll start practicing today onwards, and things will start to change.
Because knowing and not implementing is as good as not knowing.
So, let’s get started.
1. Clarify your purpose:
“You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” – Steve Jobs.
The clearer your purpose, lesser will be the need of self-discipline, and lesser you will procrastinate.
A company creating high quality links ,if stop working hard ,it will be finished.
Imagine your doctor warning you that you will die in 6 months of heart-attack, if you don’t do one hour of work out daily.
What will you do ?
Without doubt, you will hit the gym every day.
Because, your purpose is clear – to save your life.
You won’t get into a building set on fire. But if your kid is stuck in that fire, you don’t need any motivation or discipline to rush towards that.
Therefore, the first thing is to define your purpose.
If your purpose motivates you, then you will not depend much on motivation.
Otherwise, you will just find ways to drag yourself to the task.
Purpose is a magnet which pulls you towards itself, whereas self-discipline is like a stick to whack and make your horse run.
Better choose a magnet, then being whacked by a stick.
2. Create Systems, and reduce reliance on self-discipline:
“I value self-discipline, but creating systems that make it next to impossible to misbehave is more reliable than self-control.” ~ Tim Ferris
If you want to quit smoking or drinking, then the better course of action is to not keep packs of cigarettes and alcohol at home.
It’s better to not pass from the street, where you may come across these things.
Your chances of sleeping for longer time are lesser, if you put three different alarms and keep them in far away from your bed.
James Clear advises that
– to build better habits, make the environment so easy that it can’t be ignored, and
to break bad habits, make the environment so difficult that it is painful to do those habits.
Try to keep you TV/Netflix-Alexa remote in the topmost drawer of your store room, and see how it affects your habits.- just an example from my side :
3. Give yourself one challenge every day:
“The way you do anything is the way you do everything.” — Tom Waits
At least give yourself one challenge every day.
This could be sitting at meditation with a ten-minute timer on. It could be reading 5 pages of a book, or doing 10 sit-ups every day.
It could be anything. But the key thing is that you should give yourself a daily challenge and make it a habit.
With this approach, you would have at least one victory over your mind every day.
And this victory, will make a mental representation that will improve the chances of you taking action when you come across challenging situation in your life.
4. Monitor & Improve your self-talk
“It’s not the what you say out of your mouth that determines your life, it’s what you whisper to yourself that has the most power”~ Robert T. Kiyosaki
Choose your self-talk cautiously.
Words have immense power to drive your thoughts, which leads to behavior and your action.
If you say yourself that you are not good enough, then you would rather prefer to sit on couch and do nothing.
Rather, if you choose different language and say, ‘though the action is difficult, but I can learn to do it in sometime’, then you will be inspired to take some action at least.
5. Just Get Started – Use W.I.N. Formula
“Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do.”~ Jeff Olson
Decide your action, not based on the feeling at any time.
Rather decide the action, based on what is important now.
Apply W.I.N. Formula
means what’s important now
Bob Bowman, coach of Michael Phelps, once stated that if other swimmers don’t feel good, they don’t swim good.
But this was not the case with Michael. He performs regardless of whatever he feels about at any time, as he has developed this practice for a long time now.
high-performers don’t let their feelings govern their actions or priorities.
If something is to be done as a priority, then they perform at their best, despite whatever they feel about that activity.
Their feeling is not important at any point of time ; rather the action towards the goal is the important.
Take a pause !
Are you right now being pulled by some emotion or feeling while reading this article ?
If you tracked, then you got the point. Don’t let feelings govern your behavior
Implement this principle today in achieving your mini-goal of today.
|Dr.Santosh Kumar Singh , Content Writer & Copywriter//Ghostwriter for Qualitylinkbuildingzone is Ph.D. in Management with many more academic & banking professional degrees including CAIIB banking degrees. He is a non-fiction author, poet,article & short story writer.as well as a critic, His books & writings have already been commercially published on kdp Amazon,in Amar Ujala newspaper,many management institutions souvenirs and educational institutions’magazines.
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