I have a friend (Let’s call him David) who used to tell anyone who would listen to him that he was the master of procrastination. Whatever he set out to do, David could find a way to delay taking action in it until the pressure was so great that some sort of action was the only choice. His approach clearly wasn’t viable for this man with big aspirations.
Well, I saw David last week and procrastination is no longer part of how he operates. When I asked him how he made such a big change, he told me that that he asks himself why he was doing whatever the task at hand. He would continue to ask himself why again and again until he would land on an answer that he could believe in and be motivated by.
One example is: David needed to complete his expense report – something he really hates to do. Why did he care- because he wanted to be reimbursed for his travel expenses. Why did he care – because his employer wouldn’t release his mileage points until the expense reports were complete. Why did he care – because he wanted to use the mileage to go to Fiji. That he really cared about.
So if you are struggling to complete something, keep asking why you care until you find something you really want and that could give you the motivation to do what’ right in front of you.
Have a great day,