Goals and Procrastination

How to Avoid Procrastination

I’ve been fascinated (and some might say obsessed) for some time with achievement – or lack of it.

The questions I have been asking myself is:

  • Why are there some things that people just don’t or ‘won’t’ do, even thought they express that they want to?
  • What has people achieve in certain areas of their lives, but they simply remain stuck in others?
  • Do people really ‘procrastinate’ or is it something else.

Whenever I stumble upon a question that I know there’s a simple answer to, I ponder on it, looking for a metaphor that explains it.

What I found astounded me.  I took my own life as an example, using the situation of exercise – or in my case the lack of it.

I asked myself the question, why is it that you can achieve all sorts of things in your life, but this one area remains:

  1. My statement was “I get frustrated because I know exercise is good for me and I need to do it but  ‘I don’t want to exercise’
  2. ‘I don’t want to exercise’ – is this true?
  3. The answers was ‘no’ – which surprised me.  No, actually I ‘do want to exercise’, I really do, but I’m just not doing it!
  4. Ok, then I asked ‘what happens when I believe the thought ‘I don’t want to exercise’?
  5. The answers was simple, ‘I don’t do it’, and I feel as if it’s ‘hard’.
  6. So I actually changed my line of questioning at this point, to:  ‘Is it true that exercise is ‘hard”?
  7. Again the answer to was ‘no’, and it was at that point that I realized the only reason it was ‘hard’ was because I was layering other people’s expectation and rules about what exercise is, or should be, on top of the model I had for exercise.

Let me explain further.  I had always thought that it would be far easier for me to walk with someone else – a walking buddy.  However whenever I did that, I felt as if I had to ‘keep up’.  For those of you that know me, you’ll know that I’m very short, and my legs didn’t miss out of the short quota!  So that means when I walk with others I usually end up sprinting while they ‘walk’.

I realized that if I were to look at my own model of exercise, I would see that exercise doesn’t necessarily mean a marathon run, or that it even has a time limit imposed.  It is merely movement with the goal of feeling vibrant.

I began to see the benefits of movement in my own way and also saw that this gives me fantastic ‘thinking time’, which I love.

So….. since the revelation (my own) that I ‘do want to exercise’.  And layering my own expectations on top, rather that others, I’ve been walking and loving it.

Avoid Procrastination

I don’t actually believe there is such a thing as procrastination.  I also don’t believe there is such a thing as ‘not enough time’ or ‘too lazy’.  Everyone has plenty of time, it’s about chunking your goals into manageable pieces.  My new book (launching in a few weeks) uses a fabulous process for setting and achieving goals that is so simple, anyone can use it.

Initially I hesitated publishing the book because again I layered what I thought ‘other people’s expectations were’ on top, worrying that the process wasn’t ‘big enough’.  But here’s the reality, it’s simplicity is the key to the magic in the process, so watch this space for the book.

In the meantime, you might want to use Byron Katie’s questioning yourself and see what surprising results you get!  www.thework.com


Fiona

Fiona Christie Blog

Welcome to my blog.  Here you’ll find useful tips, information, insights and my ramblings to help you in your quest development.

I’ve created seven categories that form the basis of my coaching, I’ll also be adding ‘tags’ so you can search for specific topics.

Here’s a metaphor to explain categories and tags using the grocery store:

  • A ‘category’ is like an aisle sign post in the supermarket.  So down aisle number 3 you might find breakfast cereals.  Breakfast cereals would be a ‘category’
  • A ‘tag’ is the particular type of cereal.  For example ‘breakfast oats’ or ‘muesli’.  Or it could be the ‘brand’ of cereal.

So the category is the product type, and the tag is the flavor or brand.

Fiona Christie

Here’s you’ll find my ramblings.  I decided I wanted a way to talk about my progress, my insights, my learnings along the way.  It’s a space where I can let you know what I’m up to, I can share my ‘aha’ moments.

Money and You

This category is where I’ll share insights about:

  • the psychology of money
  • why we do what we do with it
  • Why some people have it and some don’t
  • Strategies that can  help you have more of it
  • Share some great money programs with you that can help you on your quest to becoming forever financially free

Personal Development

This is where I’ll share the gems that lie beneath the surface of what creates great happiness, fulfillment and achievement.  Personal Development has changed my life and continues to do so.

Professional Development

There is where I’ll share some of my techniques.  I’ll also discuss various professional development topics, what’s hot, what’s not.

Relationship Advice

Relationship Advice – most people assume this relates to ‘love relationships’.  Yes it does, but it also relates to relationships we have with ourselves, with our money, with our careers, with the people in our lives.  Originally, the header for my website was going to state that I specialized in ‘Relationship Development’ but I realized that people would assume I meant ‘love relationships’ only.  And whilst one part of my business works with people looking to improve, begin or leave a love relationship, it is far more than that.  So here you’ll find wisdom and insights into how to ‘do’ relationships better.

Feel free to use the code attached to the ‘grab this button’ on the sidebar if you want to link to my website.

Enjoy!

Fiona Christie - Professional and Personal Development


Fiona

Achievement

Achievement of anything is far more likely to happen if you follow a set process and stick to it.

Below I’ll outline how this diagram works, and beneath that, you’ll see how I discovered it.

Completion

First you must complete something.  Completion is first in the cycle.  In order to complete something you must stick to it.  Stop multi-tasking and for a moment, focus on the task at hand, keep focusing on it until it’s complete and then, and only then, move on.

Achievement

Once you see completion, you’ll gain a sense of achievement.  It’s very unlikely that sense of achievement will happen until you have experienced completion.  Don’t confuse completion with success – success is a different thing altogether.  Completion could be that you completed the task but it still doesn’t meet your expectations, you can still feel a sense of achievement with that, it could be a great learning experience.

Prosperity

Once you have completed and achieved, prosperity will follow.  Prosperity comes in many formats.  Prosperity could mean money, however it comes in many other formats as well, see the following examples:

  • You complete a long overdue budget, track where your money is going, trim any unnecessary expenses and live within your means.  You feel a sense of achievement, and bingo prosperity follows
  • You complete your SMART goal sheet for weight loss, you gain a sense of achievement with the steps you take along the way, you gain a sense of prosperity having:
    • more energy
    • more sense of self esteem
    • new clothes
  • You complete your part in the project you’re involved in
    • You gain a sense of great achievement for yourself and your team
    • The project is a success and you receive a promotion (prosperity)

Now comes the clever part.  The metaphor CAP.  Here’s why I think CAP is a great little word to use:

  1. When a person graduates from university they go to a ‘capping’ ceremony (that’s what happens in this country anyway).  We say ‘they’re getting capped’ – completion, achievement, prosperity (prosperity could be the prospect of a well paid job because they have the qualification to back that up)
  2. Businesses put a ‘cap’ on expenses in a project.  That CAP is there because it stops the project going over budget.  The CAP also sees that the project reaches completion which leads to a sense of achievement and of course prosperity.
  3. A cap is used on top of a bottle to stop the liquid from escaping.  Imagine that the bottle contains a fizzy drink or soda, if you shook the bottle, pressure would build up and if you removed the cap you would be showered with drink.  The cap prevents this from happening.  The cap acts as a containment for the liquid, so it remains in the bottle until you’re ready to drink it, you drink it (achievement), then you feel better (prosperity)
  4. A cap is something we wear on top of our head.  It lives ‘at the top’, and it also serves many functions:
  • It keeps us warm
  • It keeps the sun off our face
  • It could contain unruly  hair (like mine)
  • It’s ‘cool’ – that probably only applies to someone half my age!
  • It’s generally the last item of clothing you put on, it ‘completes’ the outfit

I am part of a group which I founded over a year ago, we’re called ‘Fortunes 4 Doing It’.  Our purpose is to assist each other and ourselves to achieve prosperity.  Prosperity comes in many forms, not just money.

Anyway, Peter, the sole male in the group said a very wise thing:

“Fiona, you need to think more like a man”, he said.  “Women are always saying that men can’t multi-task – which is probably true.  There’s a positive to that, it means we do one thing, and we do it until it’s completed and then we move on to the next”.  I was listening and a smile was appearing on my face, I could see what he was getting at.

“So”, he said “we all know you’re a multi-tasking Queen” (or words to that effect), “but the trouble is, that doesn’t have you complete anything, so for the next week, you need to stay focused, think like a man and only focus on one thing at a time”.

I thought this was really good advice, because whilst I know that multi-tasking can be a really great asset, my tendency is to have so many things on the go at once that I don’t actually finish them.

So this week I’ve kept that mantra to mind ‘think like a man’.  That’s probably what had me waking up in the middle of the night (thanks Peter), which is why this blog post is at 5am in the morning, because I suddenly had an idea of how I could use that thought and turn it into a metaphor for myself, and of course you, the reader.

I was reminded the other day when the group met that I use metaphors a lot in my work, but more than that I use them for myself.  I love making the process of learning and discovery easy and by linking a word or a situation to something, I’m far more likely to remember it.

Enjoy, please post a comment about how you used this metaphor to help you.


Fiona

You Can Heal Your Life – the Movie

You Can Heal Your Life: The Movie: Extended Version (includes 60 Minutes of Bonus Material)You Can Heal Your Life – The Movie is really so much more than the book.  If you’ve read Louise Hay’s book by the same name, don’t be fooled that the DVD is just the book read out.  It’s not.

The movie is so much more and includes an impressive lineup cast:

  • Louise Hay
  • Dr Wayne Dyer
  • Gregg Braden
  • Cheryl Richardson
  • Esther and Jerry Hicks
  • Doreen Virtue
  • Candace B. Pert
  • Mona Lisa Schulz
  • Christiane Northrup
  • Gay Hendricks
  • Leon Nacson

That line up alone should be enough to have you excited.  It’s one of the most inspiration and life changing DVDs anyone can watch.  You can view the synopsis of it by clicking on this link You Can Heal Your Life: The Movie: Extended Version (includes 60 Minutes of Bonus Material)

Many of my clients have watched this DVD, either in my office, or with their own copy, and have found the interviews to, in some cases, have life changing results.

Gregg Braden was someone I hadn’t heard of before watching the DVD.  He’s definitely compelling that’s for sure.  It’s really interesting to see the mix of:

  • Life Coach
  • Psychiatrist
  • Spiritual Healer
  • Psychologist
  • Gynecologist
  • Counseling psychology

If you’re looking for answers and want to enhance your level of happiness and connection, check out the DVD above.


Fiona

Excuses Begone

Excuses Begone!: How to Change Lifelong, Self-defeating Thinking HabitsI just listened to the audio version of Dr Wayne Dyer’s recent book Excuses Begone – brilliant!

His teachings are fabulous.  Every time I listen to him or read something he’s written I become inspired and unstoppable.  He has a way of getting to the core of an issue and blowing all of my obstacles out of the water.

I love his teaching style, it’s simple to follow yet goes far beyond ‘basic’.  He would have to be one of the greatest teachers I’ve ever come across in the field of human development/spiritual growth.

Read more about his book by clicking on this link: Excuses Begone!: How to Change Lifelong, Self-defeating Thinking Habits – I would be surprised if you were disappointed!


Fiona