Overcoming Procrastination

Procrastination, the habit of putting tasks off to the last possible minute, can be a major problem in both your career and your personal life. Side effects include missed opportunities, frenzied work hours, stress, overwhelm, resentment, and guilt. This article will explore the root causes of procrastination and give you several practical tools to overcome it.

Overxoming Procrastination

The behavior pattern of procrastination can be triggered in many different ways, so you won’t always procrastinate for the same reason. Sometimes you’ll procrastinate because you’re overwhelmed with too much on your plate, and procrastination gives you an escape. Other times you’ll feel tired and lazy, and you just can’t get going.

Let’s now address these various causes of procrastination and consider intelligent ways to respond.

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Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

Success as a entrepreneur is achieved through the letting go, and jumping into action.

It’s this challenge of jumping in, and taking action that makes most people uneasy – and yes even fearful

But that is the thing about entrepreneurship,

It is a leap of faith.

It is exhilarating.

And scary at the same time.

21 Questions To Help You Find Your Life’s Passion

When we are children we naturally do and follow what we are most passionate about. We ARE the astronaut landing on the moon, the soccer star scoring the winning goal, the adventurer sailing the high seas and climbing the highest mountain.

21 Questions To Help You Find Your Life’s Passion

We don’t know limits and the world is alive with infinite opportunity for achieving our dreams. However, so often this passionate pursuit is slowly downgraded to a more realistic goal, one where you are more likely to achieve and to get a job doing.

We can suddenly wake up an adult, doing a job that pays the bills, provides the financial stability but still leaves us subtly or majorly empty of inspiration. So what can we do?

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Action + Inspiration = World Changing Effectiveness

Do you ever feel like action is taking over your life, leaving you with seemingly no sacred inspiration time?

Action + Inspiration

I have suffered a recent bout of Action Addiction which had obliterated my work effectiveness completely. My mind was alive with four million things to do and was hopping from one to another incessantly.

I started Facebook posts, blog posts and other seemingly mission critical tasks but all stagnated mid-completion.

No sooner had i started one action than my mind proposed another task of greater importance. Tasks of ‘greater importance’ including checking email, quick Facebook browses, tidying my desktop etc. I was doing much but achieving little.

My frustration levels rising and motivation levels dropping I recognised I was stuck in a compulsive drive to do action in attempts to relax myself, but this only achieved the opposite.

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Wanted: 100 Referral Partners

If you’ve been in business for more than five minutes, you already know that the best way for any self-employed professional to get clients is by referral. But the process of building sufficient word of mouth to produce the number of clients you need can seem daunting.

Wanted: 100 Referral Partners

You can count on some referrals from your existing clients and people who already know you, but that’s a fairly limited number. How can you start getting referrals from people outside your circle?

Actually, a better question is how to increase the size of your circle to include more people. In order to refer you business, people need to know, like, and trust you. They want to be sure that you will take good care of the clients they send you. For that, they’d like to be better acquainted than just hearing your name.

Imagine that you had a group of 100 people who were willing to refer clients to you. Now, imagine further that this “circle of 100” were people whose own work put them in touch with your potential clients every day. Sounds ideal, doesn’t it? Building a circle like this of your own may be easier than you think.

One of my clients, a graphic designer, set about doing exactly this when she first launched her business. She identified a list of people in her city who were likely to be strong referral sources, and began methodically making their acquaintance. Within a few months, she had a steady stream of new clients. Better still, since all these clients were referrals, they were usually ready to do business when they first contacted her, and required little selling on her part.

To use this approach effectively, it’s not just a matter of knowing enough people. You have to know the right people. Here’s how to begin:

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The Most Life Changing Thing You Will Do All Year

Have you heard the story of the Golden Buddha?

The Most Life Changing Thing You Will Do All Year

In a nutshell, over 300 years ago, as a Burmese army planned an attack to invade Thailand (then called Siam), Siamese monks who were in possession of an enormous treasure, a solid gold Buddha that today would be valued at over 200 million dollars, made a decision.

To protect the Buddha from being plundered, they covered it in 12 inches of clay.  The Burmese attackers, thinking it worthless, ignored it but sadly killed the monks.  So for over 250 years, until the mid 1950’s, this Buddha existed only as a clay buddha.

Then, when the Buddha was being moved to a new location by a crane, it began to crack – they didn’t expect it to be so heavy.   The monks set it down, waiting for a bigger crane the next day, and covered it with a tarp to protect it from the rains.

One monk, in the middle of the night, came to check that the tarps were staying on and saw a reflection, a glimmer in the crack.  He carefully chiseled away around the crack as the glimmer grew…

And then…as the clay fell away…a solid gold Buddha shone once again for the world to marvel at.

Is there a Golden Buddha within you?  See, I believe there is greatness within you, within all of us, but all too often it is masked and covered by previous experiences, by old patterns, by pressure from society, by past failures and pains.

I believe if we can just find that crack, that glimmer inside, connect to that part of us that knows we can love more, be more, live more, manifest more, then the rest of this old junk can fall away easily so we can shine at our brightest.

I want to ask you an important question … are you ready to start a new chapter in your life? 

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Come in from the Cold: Warm Up Your Marketing

Do you feel uncomfortable trying to market your business to strangers? Most of us do. Making cold calls, knocking on doors, or attending networking mixers where you don’t know a soul can be challenging or even painful. Happily, cold approaches like these are not all there is to marketing. In fact, you may never need to use them at all.

warm up your marketing

Perhaps you already know this, and have been marketing your business in other ways. For example, launching a website, exhibiting at trade shows, running pay-per-click ads, distributing flyers, sending emails and letters to people who don’t know you, or posting promos on social media. But all of those approaches are “cold” as well, and many of them can be expensive.

Whenever you are trying to start a marketing conversation with a stranger — with no introduction, referral, or shared connection to help you — it’s a cold approach, whether you make it on the phone, in a room, by mail, or online. And cold approaches, across the board, are less effective than warm ones.

A prospective client who becomes acquainted with your business by referral or introduction is much more likely to hire you than one who never heard of you before. A prospect who gets to know, like, and trust you over time will decide to do business with you much more easily than one who just ran across you.

Ready to warm up your marketing? Here are six ways to do it.

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