The Truth Behind Why We Procrastinate

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Happy Thursday Team!

We all know that procrastination is a key culprit in why we don’t achieve our goals. All of us are guilty of not doing what we say we’re going to do. How many of us have fallen off the wagon when trying to stick to a diet, or trying to go to the gym regularly, or trying to cut back on junk food? What’s really at the root of why we struggle to follow through?

Fear.

Fear of pain, fear of being vulnerable, fear of hard work, are all at the root of why we procrastinate. There have been countless studies that show that people are afraid of the “pain” or uncomfortableness that comes with making changes in our lives.

HIDING IN OUR COMFORT ZONES

Here at The Academy Fitness Bootcamp we have a saying, “Don’t be a 97%er”. 97% of people are quitters. There’s only that small 3% that never give up on their goals, that always keep pushing themselves to the next level. It’s this small 3% that TAKES ACTION whenever they can to get one step closer to achieving their goals.

The 97%ers out there, like to hide within the confines of their comfort zone. Whether your comfort zone is sitting on the couch with your arm elbow deep in a Cheetos bag, or its giving all your time to others and not saving some for yourself, you need a reality check because you’re wasting precious time!

Procrastinators and 97%ers alike, seem to think that they have all the time in the world and use excuses like: “I’ll work out tomorrow.”  “I’m too tired to go on that run.” “I’m too busy to go to the gym.” “I have too much to get done.”   The list of excuses is endless.

The fact of the matter is, DON’T WASTE TIME. Our time here on Earth is fleeting whether we want to admit it or not and when you’re on your death bed or your life flashes before your eyes, will you be content with how you chose to spend your time here?

Henry David Thoreau said it best when he said people consistently “…live lives of quiet desperation and die with their song unsung.”  You don’t want to leave this place without a bang! So what are you waiting for!

TIPS ON MAKING UP FOR LOST TIME

In order for you to take charge of your life and reclaim your freedom to make those changes, you need a plan. A plan for meeting your fears head on. When you face the unease or dread you feel when you know you should go to the gym but the couch is just too comfortable, you turn that crippling procrastination into POWER. So how do we do that?

REVERSAL OF DESIRE

Phil Stutz, a practicing psychiatrist in Los Angeles, uses a tool called “reversal of desire”. The first step is to visualize the pain or the discomfort that you’re avoiding (the laziness you feel when you want to just watch a movie instead of going for a run) as a black cloud in front of you. Think about what this black cloud has prevented you from doing (losing weight, eating better, taking control of your life, etc).

The second step is to then envision yourself pushing through that black cloud and onto the other side, literally. It may sound hokey, but you’d be surprised how mental exercises like this can help us get over the initial barrier to achieve goals, that is our own fear.

Dr. Stutz calls this, “living in motion”. No one wants to stay stagnant. We all want to improve ourselves and get better. To do so, we must be willing to face fear and uncertainty head on.

So ask yourself, what kind of life do I want to live? When your grandchildren ask you what you were like when you were When your staring the end of your life in the face, will you feel defeated or triumphant?

Today I challenge you to STOP being a 97%er, to STOP letting procrastination dictate the direction of your life and to face your fears. Get off that couch and go to the gym or go for a walk outside. The sooner you start breaking down that mental barrier (fear) the sooner you can start living the life you’ve been yearning for.

 

Until next time,

Coach Colleen