There are typically three reasons why I end up procrastinating or don’t get something done:
- I’m unclear or overwhelmed and don’t know what to work on.
- I’m clear about what I have to do, but I’m scared or hesitant for some reason to do it.
- I’m clear about what to do and have no problem getting started, but then… squirrel. I get distracted.
I’ve tried hard to think of another thing that prevents me from getting something done, but it always comes down to one of these three things in some form or another.
There’s the possibility that I don’t have the skill to get something done. But not having a skill for most things is just either a lack of clarity or a matter of hesitancy or fear of having to go through the process of learning that skill. Therefore, it fits either one or two… or three if I get distracted during the process of studying up to develop the skill.
The Weapons to Battle These Three Enemies….
Honestly, these weapons are obvious and simple.
Just like any weapon, these take training to deploy effectively. I’m like a white belt in all three. But they are the keys to winning the war against procrastination and mediocrity.
Think about any important task or project you need to complete.
The first requirement is gaining clarity on the purpose and the end result and the next single action that needs to get done.
The second requirement is having the courage to start or to take the next step. Important projects and goals often require difficult conversations or hard effort or disciplined, steady, daily activity. Many of us just hate hard things. We want to avoid them. We’re scared of rejection and physical pain or mental stress or emotional duress.
But most things that are worth doing and that will bring true joy require doing hard things.
Finally, it’s not enough to be clear and have courage to start, you also have to have the focus to stay with the task through completion.
You have to stick with it. You have to finish. As the old FOCUS acrostic reads….
Admittedly, these weapons aren’t extremely surgical and tactical.
You might be like, “Yeah… makes sense. But how?!? How do I get clarity? How do I develop courage to do the things I don’t want to do? How do I maintain focus?”
Good questions. We’ll dig into those questions in future posts.
The skillful wielding of the weapons of clarity, courage, and focus – especially in today’s distracted and overwhelming and excuse-making world – will give you immense power.
My own development of these skills along with any possible insight I can offer up to help you with the same just might become the main focus of this website.
We’ll see. I need to get some clarity. And then have the guts to push out the content. And the focus to do it consistently, for the long haul.
See what I did there?