I committed to my accountability group that I would blog four times this week. This will be time number one and there is only one more day until the next accountability call. I believe I am not alone in procrastinating. I know there are people out there that don’t do it as much as much as I do. I also know there are people out there that do it a lot more than I. The reason I am part of an accountability group is because I procrastinate, especially on things I say are important to me. I have learned that if I really want to get something done, I need to make myself accountable to others, my husband, my friend, my life coach, my pacing partner, my accountability groupies. Then, most of the time (unless I procrastinate) I will do what I say I want to do.
Put off, delay, postpone, adjourn, dally, drag your feet, defer. These are all different ways to say, “I don’t want to do it yet!” Then why would I commit to it in the first place?
I am not a psychologist, although my friends and family may believe that I think I am, but I have looked at this question so many times and so many different ways. I have heard myself and others say we want something different than what we have, but we are unwilling to take any action to get it. What am I afraid of? Do I not really want to write a blog? Do I not really want to be healthy? Do I not really want a great relationship with my loved ones? Do I really want to help others? From years of “working” on this subject I have come to understand that much of the time is comes down to believing that I deserve what it is I say I want and to go a layer deeper, it comes to believing that I really can have what it is I say I want.
Where in your life have you jumped through hurdles, reached the goal line, won the race, and received what you want purely because you knew you could? Belief is a very powerful word for me. Faith, conviction, principle, idea, confidence, trust, certainty. These are words that allow me to beat procrastination and take action. These are words that move me forward and get me what I want in life.
Step #1 in taking care of ourselves may not be easy, but it can be simple. Believe in yourself. Take action. Then believe in yourself again.