Hello Girlfriends – My girlfriend Kim Jensen gave me the inspiration to write on procrastination and the comfort zone. Kim is part of “The Women of Facebook” group inspired by Nathalie Villeneuve, Kim posted; “Isn’t it funny how sometimes we RUN from our desires? I find myself procrastinating the simplest things just because it’s a little uncomfortable.” And I replied something to this manner – time for CZR – Comfort Zone Removal.
Please know Kim that this blog is not intended towards you or your thoughts at that moment, but you were the inspiration for my thoughts….I am in gratitude to you my friend, because isn’t it a beautiful thing when a “girlfriend” triggers our thinking…..
We can write down goals all day long…..
It’s like writing a recipe for a cake, putting it in order is the second part and the third part is baking the cake. So, many of us write down the recipe. The idea of this delicious cake tickles our brain, and we can even imagine what it tastes like. We are excited about one day making this cake and we can even envision ourselves eating the cake. The problem is not in our imagination for it is vast, but it’s in execution of the plan. The law of attraction states: THINK, BELIEVE and ACHIEVE. Notice that ALL these words require ACTION!
I’m going to get a little scientific here, which required me to do some research and for those who know me, I love RESEARCH! This is what I discovered. We have 2 parts of our brain memory system – the explicit memory and the implicit memory.
This is the part that gets us excited about our dreams, we talk about it, we put them on our dream boards. The explicit memory is a type of long term memory, which requires CONSCIOUS thought – such as recalling who came to dinner last night, or naming animals that live in a zoo. It’s what most people have in mind when they think of “memory,” and whether they have a good one or bad one. This memory is often associative; so when you think of the ocean you think of a family vacation, you think about the long walks you’ve had on the beach with a loved one, or you may recall the healing powers of the water. Okay enough on explicit memory, I think you get the point.
This part of the memory hangs out on the opposite side of explicit. Implicit memory does not require conscious thought. Examples are putting on your makeup, driving a car, walking, washing dishes (even though we want to sometimes forget that there are dishes to be washed). This memory isn’t always easy to verbalize since it flows effortlessly in our actions.
Now stay with me on this……
Thought energy is believed to travel faster than the speed of light. The key is to match up your conscious goals of what you want to achieve, with the subconscious goals. This is when there is coherence between your goals, your visions and your dreams. When they don’t line up there is chaos within your own system, and when there is chaos we revert back to what we know, and that’s our comfort zone. I have heard it described as having a radio, and you have the radio in between stations, so you can hear part of one station and alot of the other station – this is the message that you are sending out to the universe. The key is to getting coherence pattern in the sub-conscious level which takes a little more time then sitting down and writing your goals.
NOW – where do we go from science? We go right into reality -
PROCRASTINATON GETS IN THE WAY
So, when our excitement about our dreams and aspirations are there, what can possibly get in the way? Yes, you got it – The dreaded word – PROCRASTINATION!
Well the good news is that you’re not alone – Statistics show that procrastination affects over 20% of the population; actually I was surprised by this low number!
HERE’S THE PLAN
We must identify the causes of procrastination and use strategies to overcome it. Psychologists define procrastination as the conscious or subconscious avoidance of doing something, and if its effects are neglected enough, it becomes a habit that is extremely difficult to get rid of.
Procrastination is caused by a number of things. Two of the possible causes may be FEAR and confusion. So the good news is that if you tend to procrastinate, you have to modify your behavior. In reality, accomplishments won’t come to you if you keep putting things off. Why would we want to delay our dreams or projects that we may be working on? We only have today (in reality – this moment)….. We all have choices, either to succumb to procrastination or stand up and change your way of thinking and your behavior. Doing this requires a HUGE amount of will power, dedication and determination. We all have WILL POWER, so why not use it – let’s not have it go to waste…. for it is a precious gift!
ACTION LEADS TO REWARDS
There are many reasons for procrastination. It’s when our procrastination leaves us feeling discouraged and overburdened, that is the time to take action and get out of our COMFORT ZONE – it’s time for CZR – COMFORT ZONE REMOVAL . Action does lead to rewards. So, as you consider your procrastination and struggle to develop different work habits be gentle with yourself. Punishing ourselves each time we put something off won’t help you change. REWARDING yourself when you make progress will!
WHY DO WE REMAIN IN OUR COMFORT ZONE?
- Fear of Failure
- Fear of Success
- Fear of autonomy – “You can’t make me do this”
- Basically FEAR
Whether these fears appear in our explicit or implicit memory, they paralyze us and keep us from taking action!
TIME TO CHALLENGE OUR MYTHS AND GET OUT OF OUR COMFORT ZONE – TIME FOR CZR
- Ask for help – Get help from people that support you. Remember, that’s why we have our girlfriends.
- Get unblocked – Step out of your comfort level and make yourself do things that may be out of your comfort zone. I recently did a teleseminar with 2 other ladies and my topic was, “Showing Compassion in the Workplace While Adding More Love to your Life”; the host rated it a 5 out of a 10 – I was thrilled to get a 5 out of a 10 because this was an opportunity for me to step out of my comfort zone and go into unknown territory. It’s the topic that took me out of my comfort zone. If I was to talk about “The Power of Friendship”, I would be back in my zone…..
- Make yourself accountable – Set deadlines for yourself for a start, and be accountable to yourself.
- Set a time limit – Be reasonable here – don’t set yourself up for failure.
In closing, we all procrastinate at some time or another. Do yourself a favor and don’t let procrastination get in the way of your dreams, your accomplishments, and in turn from living your life at its full potential. We only have one life to live, so why not live it at its fullest, with all its hopes and dreams…..
TAKE ACTION FOR THE REWARD IS GREAT!
Remember, may the possibilities of today excite us all!
Comfort Zone, Determination, encouragement, inspiration, PROCRASTINATION