The Power Of The “P” & How It’s Holding You Back

There is something that is keeping you from fully realizing your dreams and living in your purpose.  You’ve been letting it hold you back for far too long.  It’s time to put an end to the hold that it’s had on you and your mind and start getting things done. 

It’s the power of the “P”, procrastination.  What?  What did you think I was talking about?  Now that you’ve gotten your mind out of the gutter, let’s see how procrastination plays a huge role in holding great people back from really stepping into their greatness.

Procrastination happens!

Studies have shown that 20% or more of people identify themselves as chronic procrastinator.  What are the characteristics of a chronic procrastinator?  Here are a few:

          • Always putting things off
          • Pays bills late
          • Waits to the last-minute to do everything
          • Misses opportunities because you put them off until it’s too late

Does that sound familiar?  Can you relate to some or all of those characteristics? If so, there is a good chance you may be a chronic procrastinator.

A Cute Planner Will Not Cure Procrastination

From the outside looking in, one would say that to cure this “problem”, the person just needs to plan better, right? Wrong.  Procrastination has nothing to do with time management.  A person who procrastinated can plan events and task in advance but when it comes down to executing them, they just miss the mark.  It’s like planning to procrastinate.  You plan to attend an event.  You have all of the details, date, time, etc but you put off purchasing the ticket.  That’s a waste of energy, going through the process of planning but failing to execute one of the most critical steps.  Do you find yourself doing sometimes?  I know I have. 

You Were Not Born This Way

Some studies show that procrastination is a learned trait and not a gene you’re born with.  It is through your experiences in life that you learn to be an expert procrastination.  How do you change a learned trait? You don’t feed it.  You do the opposite until the opposite becomes your new habit.  So instead of putting off that housework that you wrote down on your to-do list, just do it.  You want a better job or to start your own business, do the work.  Maybe you want a new boo but have been putting off setting up your match.com account, get to it.

Keep in mind that there is no better time than now and that you’ll feel better later after having accomplished the things you want to do.

By procrastinating and putting it off, you feel bad later and end up feeling like a failure because you put it off again.

Stop Lying To Yourself

If you think you’re doing yourself a justice by telling yourself things like; “Oh it won’t hurt if I do it later.”  Or, “ I just don’t feel like doing that now, it can wait.”  You’re wrong.  You’re doing yourself an injustice, your goals/dreams an injustice and if you have any children, you’re doing them an injustice too.

You’re setting yourself up for failure by putting off for later what you can do now.  Now don’t get me wrong, I know that sometimes you’re just tired and you don’t feel like doing anything.  I get it, I’m a wife, mom, business owner and full-time employee.  There are some day’s I want to come home and just throw myself in the bed but the results of that are not worth the risk.  For me, if I let procrastination rule my life, my house would be a mess, kids would be raising themselves and my business would not be growing. 

It’s all about being honest with yourself.  Ask yourself what will the consequences be if you keep putting stuff off?  How will it benefit you and those important to you?  Will it keep you from growing?

Once you can paint a clear picture for yourself and see how procrastination is impacting your life, your goals, and keeping you from living your dreams, I hope that motivates your to step your game up.

Stop procrastination!  It hurts you and it stagnates your goals. 

Stop procrastination! It hurts you and it stagnates your goals.
So what did we learn today? 

    • Procrastination happens, it’s very common for people to pick up this trait.
    • Time management is not the cure to procrastination.  procrastinations can procrastinate in a timely fashion.
    • Procrastination is a learned trait.  We all know that all learned traits can be unlearned and a new trait can take it’s place.  It takes 21 days to create a new habit.
    • procrastinations are lying to themselves and doing themselves a disservice every time they use a phrase like, “it can wait until later.”

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Your friend in your head and real life too,

Life Strategist KG

P.S. If you’ve suffered from the power of the “P” and want some guidance on how to lose the hold it has on you, let’s chat.

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The Year Is Running Out! 5 Ways To End 2016 With A Bang

As I sit here reviewing the goals I had set for 2016, I realize that I haven’t done as bad as I thought but I’m also not where I wanted to be at this time of 2016.

Instead of getting down on myself, I revamped and prioritized the goals I have yet to accomplish set then added action steps that’s going to help me gear up and get ready to knock those goals off of my list.

You’ve come to the last quarter of the year and you too have realized you’re not where you wanted to be by this part of the year. You’ve noticed that some of the goals you had or started have just be sitting in your journal or…I hate to say this.. in your mind (shakes), not completed.

Don’t fret, it’s not too late.  As of today, you still have 69 days left in 2016 to accomplish the things you started but have yet to complete.

Here are 5 ways to ramp up your goal chasing and end 2016 with a bang!

As of today, you still have 69 days left in 2016 to accomplish the things you started but have yet to complete.

Get Clarity

Do you know where you envision yourself, your business or your relationship?  Maybe you wanted to start a business but got overwhelmed by all of the info you started to intake from all of the ‘How To’s’ and branding experts on the web.  It’s not too late to pick that dream up, dust it off, and START IT!

There’s no better time like the present to start doing the work.  Get you a cute journal, pen, and cup of your favorite coffee or tea, and get to work.  Start writing down YOUR vision.  Be specific!  Write down your goal from the what, how, and your why.

Example: I want to create a robot that will assist working mothers around the house.  The robot will help with cleaning, organizing and whipping the kids in shape.  I want to have the first prototype complete by Feb 1, 2017 and I am going to enlist my engineer friend,’ so and so’ and my scientist friend ‘so and so’ assist me with the this project.  I want to do this because I am a working mother who understands the struggles of other working mothers and how much pressure having to do it all adds to life. This help working mothers relieve the pressure of having to do it all and free up time for them to enjoy their families.  Even more important, this will be a product that working mothers can make a one-time investment in and have a lifetime of happiness.

Be as specific as possible, as detailed as possible and set actionable steps with deadlines. This exercise should be done no matter what your goal is.

Get Organized

Now that you know what your goals are for the remainder of the year.  You’ve set your deadlines on when each goal/task should be completed.  You’re ready to put a strategy in place that will set you up to be as successful as possible.

  • Get out your calendar, and add your task/goals on the date in which you will complete them.
  • Now schedule the time you’re going to use to work on those task.
  • Block out blocks of time that you can use to focus solely on your goals and work on the task that you need to check off of your list.

Doing this will help you be intentional about your goals and the things you want to accomplish.  It also helps you pre-plan for the time you’re going to need to work on your goals.  No excuses about “not having time.”  You’re just made time.

Get Active

If you’re going to be an effective goal getter, you’re going to need energy and stamina to push through those hard times and for some long nights of working on accomplishing those goals.  Ever heard the saying, ‘Get fit get rich?’ It holds some truth.  Ask the most successful person if they could have done it without a strong health foundation and they’ll laugh at you.  In order to get the type of transformational results you want, you have to be willing to transform into the person who is strong, mentally, physically and emotionally to do it.

‘Get fit get rich'

Incorporating at least 30 minutes of fitness activity a day is a good start, especially if you’re not already a fitness buff like myself.  Take the stairs instead of the elevator.  Take a walk (if the weather permits) after dinner.  Take the kids to play at the park.  Download a fitness app.  However you do it, just do it.  It will def be well worth it.  You’ll notice the increase in energy and your ability to get things done.  The mental clarity will help you make good decisions when chasing your goals. And before you know it, you’ll be a gym rate in no time!

Get Motivated

If you’re going to be successful at this thing you’re going to need some motivational medicine.  This is something a good book can help or some great mentors.  For me it was a book that helped me kick the procrastination and excuses and be about action.  ‘Do The Work’ by Steven Pressfield.  I cannot tell you much this short book kicked me into overdrive to stop talking, reading, researching and searching and just start doing.

It also helps to find a good mentor or two, or three.  It can be people who you look up to and admire that you know or someone you don’t know and they are your mentor in your head.  I have several mentors that I know in person and even more that don’t yet know that they’re my mentor (in my head) lol. Mentors are people you can look too for advice, motivation, and to get that extra push you need to kick your goals task!

Do The Work

Now it gets simple and maybe hard at the same time…if that’s even possible.  As an entrepreneur I can tell you that it is possible.  Now it’s time for you to DO THE WORK! Be about that action!  Make stuff happen!  All of that.  You have a clear view of your path for the rest of 2016, you have the steps you need to take and the tools you’ll need to get you through.  You’re ready, go out and conquer the rest of 2016!  Remember, it’s not how you start but how you finish and you’re ready to finish strong!

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Don’t be caught out with an idea and nowhere to put it!  Get your ‘KG Say’s’ Goaling Journal and always be prepared to WRITE IT DOWN!

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5 Myths About Goal Planning That’s Keeping You From Growing

A limiting mindset can thwart a great goal but there are other things that could be keeping you stagnant.  In order to be a successful goal getter, you must first believe wholeheartedly that you can achieve the goals you set for yourself and then put foot to pavement and go get your goals. If you’re stuck, you may want to make sure that the 5 myths below are not holding you back.

Myth #1:  Be Realistic About Your Goals.

Wrong!  You are only limited by your beliefs in yourself and your abilities.  The saying the sky is the limit can be as true as you believe it to be.  Don’t limit yourself.  Be unrealistic, be bold and be radical about your goals.  If your goal is to be the first person to walk on the moon wearing high heels while sipping wine, go for it.  Don’t let anyone tell you that your goal is impossible not even yourself.  You can truly do whatever it is you first put your mind to and then follow it up with action.

“You can’t tell big dreams to small minded people. ~Steve Harvey”

Myth #2: Failure means the end of the road for your dream.

I’m glad Bill Gates didn’t let this thinking deter him, especially when his first startup, Traf-O-Data failed.  Bill didn’t take that failure as a sign to hang it up and move on.  He took that failure as a sign to try again and take what he learned the first time around to be more successful the second time.  That thinking is what led him and his partner, Paul Allen, to create Microsoft.  Don’t let failure or delay keep you from accomplishing your goals and living your dreams.  Delay does not equal denial.  Keep pushing, keep planning, keep working most and importantly keep goaling.

Myth #3: You don’t need to be specific about your goals, summarize.

How do you expect to be successful if you don’t even know what that success looks like?  Or how you’re going to get there?  How? How?

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Since you haven’t answered I’ll do it for you, YOU WON’T! Get specific about your goals.  Write down EXACTLY what you want and be detailed.  Write down what it will look like, feel like, smell like, etc.  You have to specify exactly what your goal is and why its important that you accomplish it.  How will it make your life different? What steps, changes, and/or actions do you need to take to make it happen? Being specific will help you have clarity about what you want.

Myth #4: Setting goals doesn’t work,  just wing it.

First of all, who raised you?  If you fall into this category of thinking, punch yourself in your throat…go ahead…I’ll wait.  Really, who raised you? I’m just serious.

Seriously, don’t let this be you…please!  We’ve all heard the saying” if you fail to plan then you plan to fail” and if you haven’t before today…you’re welcome.

Just winging it will have you just going through life without a clue as to where you’re going or why you’re headed there.  Just winging it will have you helping somebody else live their dreams while you’re just surviving.  Just winging it will have you looking in the mirror at 50 trying to figure out what happened to all of those hopes and dreams you had at 20, 30 or 40.  If you want to experience extraordinary growth, life and success, get extra motivated to set goals so that you have a road map on those extraordinary things that are going to happen in your life.  Even if it doesn’t go exactly as planned, you’ll still get to your destination with a map.

Myth #5: You don’t have to write your goals down, just keep it all in your head, you got this.

#POW That was from me to you because if you think you won’t need to write your goals down, you need a pow, pow upside your head.  Please!  Please! WRITE YOUR GOALS DOWN! Be intentional about your goals and the first action step is to start writing.  No excuses, just do it.  I don’t care if you write chicken scratch, you’re the one who will be reading it and you should be able to read your chicken scratch.   You need to be able to have your goals visible to you and also be able to reference and check off the action steps and ultimately your completed goal.  Seeing all of the steps you’ve completed not only gives you a visual of your accomplishments but it also sparks the motivation you need to keep pushing when times get hard.

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Did any of these myths sound familiar to you?  Have you been letting any of these beliefs hold you back?  If so, it’s okay.  There’s no better time to start new thinking like the present.  Now that you know that these are myths, do different.  Believe in yourself and your goals.  Don’t limit yourself to only dream up to the ceiling, dream beyond the sky.  Be specific about your goals and your dreams.  Be so specific that you can taste, touch it, see it.  Don’t be discouraged if you’re not an overnight success.  Lastly and most importantly, WRITE YOUR GOALS DOWN!

Get your Goaling Journal so that you can write the vision and make it plain!  Get your KG says “Goaling” journal.

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