Indulge me here. My sense of humour dictates that with a topic like this one – I should really leave the page……………blank! Notwithstanding that some of you might actually prefer that I had left it blank by the time you get to the end. So what is the topic?
You then see yourself possibly as lazy, stupid
Let’s Splash The Zeros
Indulge me here. My sense of humour dictates that with a topic like this one – I should really leave the page……………blank! Notwithstanding that some of you might actually prefer that I had left it blank by the time you get to the end.
So what is the topic? P-R-O-C-R-A-S-T-I-N-A-T-I-O-N.
The bane of our lives. How many times would things have been different ‘if only’. If only you had gone to the Doctor and had that little lump sorted, if only you had spent that time on Facebook more constructively, if only you had taken action. If only.
We generally find the motivation to achieve something, big dreams right, and then ‘but’ kicks in and we dilly dally all the way home and achieve a big fat zero. Nada, nothing. We convince ourselves that tomorrow will be different we will take action and yet somehow it never happens. It is amazing how many ways we can find not to do something and then it becomes a habit not to do those things we really should. Never do today what you can put off till tomorrow. Even worse if we do take steps and the results are tenuous, we ‘convince’ ourselves that we had been right all along, not to take action in the first place.
You then see yourself possibly as lazy, stupid and a thousand other negative labels. A guy I knew procrastinated over a prostate gland problem for more than 7 years. He was lucky in that when he did eventually get it checked, it was not serious. Yet in that time, people like Bobby Moore died from not getting things checked out.
A lady decided when she was 50, that she was going to die when she was 72 – the same age as her mother – lo and behold, ask and ye shall receive. Her belief system was so strong that this would be, that even when the warning signs of imminent terminal illness appeared, she procrastinated for months to the point where once diagnosed, there were only ten days to wait. Not possible?
What do you say to yourself when you continually drop things? ‘I am clumsy’? Silly me? If you continually tell yourself these things – you will be. Your mind will find a way to confirm your suspicions that you are exactly that.
What if you splashed the zero’s, the thought processes that encourage a big fat zero result and said to yourself, I am organised, I am strong and powerful, or whatever it is that you are wanting to exhibit as positive behaviour. Motivational coaches teach the use of ‘affirmations’ for this purpose, and whilst there is no doubt that many benefit from standing and looking in a mirror saying how much they love themselves, it is not something that I personally am comfortable with. Focusing on the here and now seems infinitely more practical: I will complete all the items on my ‘to do’ list, I will get this lump checked out and make the appointment today. Or even ‘I will complete most of the things on my ‘to do’ list today, is an excellent start.
If you find yourself caught in a cycle of procrastination – splash the zeros. Shoot them down. All those – noughts, negative things just splash them out of your head. A useful way of doing that might be to set the alarm on your phone with a picture of ‘success’ or a reminder to sit and mentally shoot those ‘zeros’ one by for a few seconds, replacing them with an image of ‘crossing the line’ or achieving gold. What would that feel like?
Of course – you have to want to do it, otherwise ….. the zero’s will just keep adding up to a big FAT ‘0’
For the uniniated - Splash the Zeros (destroy the planes) is a phrase in a Kirk Douglas Film . The Final Countdown. Japanese Planes are referred to as 'Zero's'