How to Overcome Procrastination to Accomplish Your Goals
Have you ever made New Years Eve resolutions, or set goals for yourself, and find yourself falling short after the first month or so? It can get to the point where you think to yourself, “why even bother trying?”
Many people can set goals and try to accomplish what they set out to do… but there really is one thing holding people back. As Tony Robbins puts it, it is the fear of pain that prevents people from doing what they want to do, from accomplishing all that they can be. And the end result of this fear of pain is procrastination.
Every single person on the planet is driven by two things: one is the desire for pleasure, and the second is the drive to avoid pain.
I am sure there are things that you wish you could do change in your life. Maybe it is to get in better physical health, improve your finances, or work on your relationship. But there’s something holding you back, even if it is something that you really really want. That is why trying to overcome procrastination can seem daunting and nearly impossible.
Everything we do in life is related to these two principles: getting pleasure or avoiding pain.
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What Is Procrastination?
Procrastination happens when we put something off to do at a later time even though the end result of the task or goal is very beneficial to us.
Why do we procrastinate?
We procrastinate because we believe that by doing something, no matter how good it may be long term, seems to have more pain associate to it than pleasure. We assume that by not taking action we have more immediate pleasure than the perceived pain of doing something. Even though we recognize there’s lots of benefits to what has to be done to meet your goals, the pain of doing the task seem more real than any long term benefit and pleasure of the final result.
Have you ever been in a situation where you procrastinated so long, and then suddenly decide you had to do something, and then you did it? The pain of not taking action became greater than the pain of making something happen. An example of this would be having to write a term paper and waiting until last minute to do it. At that last moment the pain of not writing the term paper, or getting a very poor grade, became greater than the task of writing the paper.
Therefore in order to overcome procrastination we need to learn to control to what we associate pain and pleasure.
Lets look at another example: dieting. How many people do you know that go on a diet and say they want to starve themselves and get skinny. How long do you think that will last? Studies have show that 95% of people that say that they are going to diet not only don’t lose weight but two years later have actually gained two pounds from their original weight. This is because they associate more pain to losing weight than becoming fit. The only reason you over eat, especially on a fattening food, is because you find it pleasurable.
Overcome Procrastination by Changing What You Associate Pain & Pleasure
In most cases the need in us to avoid pain is much greater than the need for pleasure. Most of us do not control to what we associate pain or pleasure. The key is that in order to make change in our lives we have to modify what we find pleasurable and what we believe will cause pain.
If you want to motivate yourself to do something you need to focus on the pleasure result of doing activity, of staying on track, versus the pain of not succeeding.
And start to focus on the pain of NOT staying on track because avoiding pain is a greater motivator.
For example if you try lose weight and must prevent yourself from eating chocolate, focus on the pain you feel after eating the chocolate how much weight you will gain. Focusing on the pain associated with not doing what you want is a great motivator to help keep on the task.
Your New Future
Ok, so next time you find yourself for yourself not doing something realize it is because you associate more pain to doing it. Stop sabotaging your success and use this technique to take positive action.
It is time to take control of your personal power today and overcome procrastination.