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Friday, June 28, 2013

Breaking Through Resistance and Procrastination

Filed under: Procrastination — Larry James @ 7:30 am
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Bob Burg, Guest Author

I was really struggling with a writing project I had… to the point that I was procrastinating, plain and simple. I couldn’t seem to begin.

procrastination2Fortunately, a little book was suggested that might help. I read it immediately and utilized the information in order to complete the project right away.

The book was, “Do the Work” by Steven Pressfield; his follow-up to The War of Art.

I really needed to read it and will do so from now on whenever I find myself procrastinating! Immediately after completing my project, I re-read The War of Art which was also a great book but didn’t have quite the effect on me as did this latest one. I got more out of it this time. Apparently, the timing of the message made a huge difference.

When I posted my struggle with procrastination and this project on my Facebook page I was inundated with comments from lots of my friends – many of them fellow authors – who had (and several who are right now) struggled with this same problem; procrastination.

Procrastination is a killer to one’s success, and it typically does not take place in a vacuum. Rather, it is a function of what Pressfield calls “resistance.”

Actually, it’s resistance that is the killer; procrastination is merely a symptom. And, not just to writers but to entrepreneurs, those who want to lose weight, do the “right thing” in the face of negative peer pressure or – as the author pointed out – practically anything that “we know we need to do.”

This is so important, let me share with you exactly what he says about this on the inside flap of his book:

“DO THE WORK. Our enemy is not lack of preparation; it’s not the difficulty of the project, or the state of the marketplace or the emptiness of our bank account. THE ENEMY IS RESISTANCE. The enemy is our chattering brain, which, if we give it so much as a nanosecond, will start producing excuses, alibis, transparent self-justifications and a million reasons why he can’t/shouldn’t/won’t do what we know we need to do. START BEFORE YOU’RE READY.”

Is resistance – in the form of procrastination – an issue for you, as it is for me?

Then you might want to purchase “Do The Work.” It’s a short, quick read that just might help you bust your way past what’s holding you back from realizing your greatness.

BONUS Article: Procrastination… Can Disrupt Your Networking Agenda!

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Copyright © 2013 – Bob Burg. Bob Burg is author of “Endless Referrals: Network Your Everyday Contacts Into Sales” and coauthor of “The Go-Giver” both with over 250,000 copies sold. Visit Bob’s BLOG.

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Procrastination. . . Can Disrupt Your Networking Agenda!

Filed under: Procrastination,Video — Larry James @ 7:00 am

Paralyze: [par-uh-lahyz] – to bring to a condition of helpless stoppage, inactivity, or inability to act. Procrastination can be a big problem because of the stress that comes with it. That’s what procrastination can do for you!

procrastinationIt’s a character flaw that CAN be overcome!

“Procrastination is like a credit card: it’s a lot of fun until you get the bill.” ~ Christopher Parker

First: Admit that you are a procrastinator. Bite off only what you can chew. Break large projects up into smaller tasks. A task without a deadline can be put off indefinitely. Make a list of what needs to get done. Next, tweak your list. (Constantly tweaking your approach is a fast-track to getting the desired results). Do what you need to do first thing in the morning and notice what a difference it makes in the rest of your day.

“Procrastination is opportunity’s assassin.” ~ Victor Kiam

Tell a close friend what you will be doing and ask them to check up on you to hold you accountable. Take a baby step. Feel the fear and do it anyway. When you have accomplished a task, mark it off your list with a pen. Don’t panic if you get behind schedule. Be flexible. . . but “get ‘er done!” To do that, you have to start! Reward yourself once you have completed a task.

“Begin with the end in mind. How will things look when they’re all done? What will you see and how will you feel? If you can associate strong emotions with the end result, you can cultivate a burning desire. Then watch how fast you jump into action.” ~ Steve Martile

Use your imagination! Imagine how you’ll feel when you’re done!

What is on YOUR networking agenda? Have you been putting off learning more about how to effectively network? Start today! Check out the “Networking Articles Index!” As of today, there are about 170 articles and tips about networking on this Blog. Read only ONE article each day and notice the results you experience the next time you attend a networking event. Don’t accept excuses from yourself as to why you don’t have time! Just do it. . . NOW!

Overcome procrastination and live up to your potential.

Watch “Procrastination Help With Ellen DeGeneres!” below!

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