Would You Like to Understand and Stop Procrastination in Its Track?
I hope you said YES!
Because today I get to introduce you to a lethal strategy.
This strategy has been in my success toolbox for a while.
It’s by far the number one tool that I utilize daily, and that has helped me to look procrastination in the face and walk right through it.
When it comes to procrastination, you have to get proactive about it.
If you give procrastination a chance, procrastination will always come out winning.
I find it freakishly amazing how creative our brain gets when it comes to procrastination.
I mean the way we would talk ourselves out of doing something, it’s nothing short of a miracle. And I don’t mean that in a good way – You know what I am talking about… LOL 🙂
And don’t get me wrong guys, I totally get it!
I am just like the rest of the world; I still have that nagging voice in my head that’s always second-guessing my choices!
The difference is, I just learned not to pay attention to that voice and to get things done anyway.
You know the voice! The self-limiting, disaster anticipating voice that asks questions like:
What if I put myself out there and fail? Or even worst make a fool out of myself?
I call it the “What If” voice.
That voice is responsible for so many people choosing procrastination over action.
Procrastination stems from our fear of the unknown.
Our mind’s predictions of the future and what it might look like can be quite scary.
And where I get to help you to brain-hack yourself is by simply bringing to your attention ONE SIMPLE TRUTH!
That truth is:
No one and I mean “NO ONE” can really tell or predict what the future will look like.
So why worry about the future when you can focus on the NOW.
The only thing that you can really do is to make an educated decision in the present moment based on the information you have.
And this brings me to the one single strategy that I use daily to accomplishing so many auspicious goals.
My lethal tool is the SSN method.
SSN stands for “Single Step Now.”
This method is my secret weapon to slay and stop procrastination.
By now you know that we procrastinate due to our fear of the unknown and because the unknown can’t be controlled, then choosing to move forward is your BEST option.
This simple mind-shift has allowed me to keep moving forward on goals that I procrastinated on for years. Things like:
- Writing and publishing a book
- Launching a Motivational YouTube Channel
- Starting an Inspirational Podcast
The sad truth is the SSN method is so easy that it can be easily forgotten.
When it comes to procrastination, it’s simple, always know that your brain is playing a trick on you and that you can still act and move forward despite that trick.
Why is The SSN Method Effective at Stopping Procrastination?
It simply works because taking one small action on any given task is better than ten planned actions/activities that may or may not occur.
A Single Step Now is more meaningful than a promised step tomorrow.
Adopting the SSN motto will help you get unstuck.
How to determine what’s the Single Step Now look like for You?
This is where journaling and self-reflection come in handy.
Simply ask yourself this easy, no BS question:
What can I do right now that can help move this task in a positive direction?
Write a book (BIG Goal)
What can I do RIGHT NOW about it?
Come up with a book idea.
See coming up with an idea is one single step that will help guide you towards the next single step like having a name for the book or creating a book outline.
Are you up for a challenge?
Do you want to accomplish a goal? I.e., write a book or release some access weight.
Do you feel the urge to take action? I.e., get a new job, move to a new city.
Get a pen and paper.
Give yourself 30 minutes today and brainstorm five possible One Single Steps regarding your goal/action.
If you want to release some access weight, for example, your Single One Step may include joining a weight release support group, or googling forums on the topic or researching local gyms and spas.
Remember the goal here is take a small little step, so small it might not seem like a step at all!
This was a poster I had in my old condo in Washington, DC.
Seeing that poster daily, kept reminding me to focus on progress, no matter how tiny.
Here’s an example from my own life:
A month ago, I decided to write and publish my first book.
The project consisted of multiple SSNs or Single Step Now.
An excellent size book is about 45,000-55,000 words, so my single step now consisted of writing 500 words a day, and that’s about 1 page a day.
For a week that’s all I did even when I felt like keep going.
I want to create small wins to build as my foundation.
I didn’t set-up myself to fail by deciding to write a chapter.
That’s crazy! If I haven’t written anything since I left high school, then writing a whole chapter can be scary, but writing 500 words was my one (SSN) single step now that created the momentum I needed.
I am 20,000 words into the book and I project have the book ready before the year ends.
So What Are Some Goals You Want to Achieve?
List 1-3 goals and then break down each goal into achievable single step now and then get to work!
Another mindshift that help you overcome procrastination!
There is no such thing as failure.
Yes, you heard that, right!
One of the biggest mind tricks that our brain plays on us is the fear of making mistakes and fail.
Please realize that there is “No Wrong” Single Step Now!
Focus on action, create a little win, and remain centered on progress.
Creating the tiniest wins and making the slightest progress help boost your confidence, which will enable you to believe in yourself more.
Which leads you to take more single steps now and before you know your life is fantastic and people always ask you OMG how are you doing all of this?
Apply the SSN method daily, and you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to get things done.
Be warned, Taking a Single Step Now Step DAILY may lead to AMAZING results.
I hope you found this strategy helpful and that you’ll implement it today 🙂
With MUCH luv, light, and gratitude,
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