Want to Overcome Your Procrastination This Weekend? Here is How.
January 21, 2016
Let me ask you a simple question–are there things you know you need to do, but you have been putting them off?
If so, what is the one task that would change your life the most if you got it done?
Most of us have things that we know we need to do, but for some reason–we procrastinate.
Putting things off is very common and I, too, fall into this behavior. But when we develop a lifestyle of procrastinating, it can hinder us from fulfilling our destiny, and calling, from God.
Stuck in the SPIN Cycle?
I have identified The SPIN Cycle that people get into. SPIN is an acronym for: Stuck in the past, Procrastinating, Internal negative thinking and No clear vision.
After coaching thousands of people, I have found that although all of these behaviors are harmful, procrastination is what keeps us in a negative spin instead of breaking through to something new in our lives.
Procrastination is deadly when it becomes a lifestyle. When we procrastinate, we start to believe the lie that putting off something important will bring us a greater reward than doing it. Like anything, we simply need to develop some new healthy habits. And habits only take a short time to establish but we need to become intentional and consistent.
What is at the root?
Most people might think the root of procrastination is laziness, but it is actually much more complicated. We all procrastinate for different reasons and to break this self-defeating habit you will need to identify yours—and develop a plan to change.
Let’s look at some of the most common reasons we procrastinate:
1. You are a perfectionist and you tend to make even simple things complicated.
2. You are facing a task that is going to be unpleasant, boring or difficult. You simply do not want to do it because it is not fun.
3. The task feels overwhelming or it is plain too difficult.
4. You secretly resent having to do the task. You feel as if you need a reward for doing it.
5. You are a person who needs structure and you have not created a routine for yourself that provides the structure.
6. You are afraid of failing—or maybe you are afraid of succeeding.
7. You do not have a big picture—a driving goal, therefore you do not feel motivated.
8. You have too much to do and you simply do not have energy for non-motivating tasks.
What is the root cause for you?
Write it down now so you will not put off creating a recovery plan.
The first step is to identify why you do what you do. After that there are a few simple things you can do to break through instead of breaking down.
Align with God’s principles
• Believe: It was people’s unbelief that hindered Jesus from doing miracles. Believe that you can change.
• There are no limits: God is limitless so what you can do through His love and power has no limits as well.
• Be resourceful: You have everything you need to succeed. God has gifted you with the Holy Spirit and you have access to it all.
Now I invite you to do what I do everyday. I ask myself this question, “What is the one thing that I could do today that would make the biggest impact?”
Then do one small step towards it. You do not have to do the entire task all at once.
Now do that next step, first thing, before you forget. Or schedule it if you have the discipline to follow through.
When you develop a lifestyle of doing small, positive things regularly, they actually add up and allow you to get further ahead in a short time.
I realize that this will take practice and it helps to have accountability. But you can do it and make 2016 your best year ever!
Doug Addison is a prophetic speaker, author and coach. He is known for his Daily Prophetic Words, Spirit Connection webcast, podcast, and blog. Doug’s message of love, hope and having fun reaches people around the world! His powerfully, positively funny style of teaching and coaching helps open people to discover their destiny and experience God’s supernatural love and power. He and his wife Linda live in Los Angeles, California where he is impacting the arts and entertainment and media industries.