Inspiration comes in all shapes and forms, and often takes it’s sweet time finding its way to us. I wrote the first blog in a 3 blog series 3 Ways to Change Your Life in July, to provide inspiration and motivation for you to gain control over your life. It’s taken me this long to get to the second blog. So long in fact, that the name of the blog series even changed as this little inspirational journey evolved. Any guesses on what my inspirational tip #2 is to change your life?
The Inspiration Procrastination Conundrum…lol. Seems fitting, right? Similar to dealing with your SH*T (see blog 1) but different.
Right now, I want you to consider the question – what is it that I procrastinate over?
You may see that there are certain areas of your life where you tend to procrastinate. Some areas you may be highly effective at dealing with, always finding the inspiration and motivation to keep things up to snuff, but you know there are other areas that you avoid at all costs. Maybe it’s your finances (anyone behind on their taxes?), your fitness (how do you really feel in this body of yours right now in this moment?), or your job (do you still feel fulfilled and of service in the work you’re doing?). No judgement here. I’ve been in all of those places.
The Inspiration to Procrastinate
We tend to put off doing the things we know we need to do because we think it’s more uncomfortable to do them, and we think it’s easier not to. We’re more inspired not to do them, than to do them. However, the actual discomfort is in the disconnect we’re creating in ourselves. As human beings, we’re wired to continue to grow and evolve. We crave inspiration and motivation to nudge us into action. Avoidance is by nature stagnant. Passive. A zero growth experience. So not only are we going against the very thing we’re designed to do, we’re causing an energetic drain on our internal resources.
When you procrastinate, put off, avoid or ignore something, you may think you’re doing yourself a favour but in reality you’re torturing yourself. The thing you’re avoiding sits in the back of your mind, watching, waiting and making you feel like you’re a little bit less of yourself while the rest of who you are (call it your heart, soul, higher consciousness) knows you’re not living up to your potential.
The amount of time you’ve spent thinking about and avoiding whatever that thing is that you’re avoiding far outweighs the time it takes to actually do the thing. So you sit around, avoiding the thing, doing other things that you think are better than doing the thing, feeling a little sheepish because you know you’re copping out on something, and wondering why other things you normally dislike doing (ie; cleaning the toilet) all the sudden become a priority just because you don’t want to do the thing you know has to be done sooner or later.
Here’s another element here to grasp. The thing you’re dodging has to be dealt with sooner or later and odds are, the longer you wait, the more/worse/harder/bigger/yuckier the thing becomes that you have to face.
The Inspiration Procrastination Silver Lining
There is good news in all of this though. By taking one small step towards the thing you’re avoiding the way like sides of a magnet repel each other, you feel like you’ve conquered Mount Everest. You already feel a sense of accomplishment and you haven’t even necessarily completed the job/task/thing. You find your inspiration. Taking action is powerful. POWERFUL. It shows the world, the universe, the part of your tiny little pea brain that’s been talking you into the path to avoidance, that you are taking control. One small movement towards rather than away from creates a ripple effect. You start to think differently about what you can do, you begin to feel differently energetically, and you act differently because you’re shifting a pattern of passivity.
Now some of you may be thinking, “But Jen, I have so much stuff on my plate and so many things I gotta do I end up procrastinating on everything, get overwhelmed and don’t know where/how to start.”
An easy trick I learned from one of my mentors is to ask yourself You may have many things you should do, need to do, want to do but if you just give it a moment, the answer will come to you. Seriously, listen for the answer. The one thing you need to deal with today. It’s not that those other things are going anywhere but they weren’t anyway because you were avoiding them, remember?
The bonus is that when you deal with that one thing, you feel like a freakin’ rock star and are amazed at the sense of accomplishment you’ve generated all on your own by doing one simple thing and you wonder what other things you can get done in that same day. You don’t have to go looking for inspiration, you’ve created it all on your own. You also feel lighter – physically, mentally, emotionally and energetically.
Like I do…right now…because I finally wrote my #2 blog…7:45 am. I wonder what other awesomeness this day holds for me?