Your Procrastination is Not a Matter of Laziness–it’s Fear

Robert Terson

Emily sells computer training for a large company.  She sits at her desk in her cubicle and stares at the telephone.  She knows she should be making the calls she keeps putting off, really wants to start making those calls, but just can’t seem to bring herself to begin dialing; she is not happy with herself.  What the heck is wrong with you! she berates herself; why are you being so damn lazy?

Is that the problem—that it’s a matter of laziness?  Is that what’s going on here with Emily?  That would seem a bit out of whack because Emily is actually a high-powered, dynamic young woman who has achieved a modicum of success in quite a number of other facets of her life.  Why is this time different? she wants to know.  Why, this time around, does she keep procrastinating, putting off the inevitable?  She shakes her head in disgust—she can’t figure it out.  She tries to will herself to start dialing, but…the mind and body will not cooperate.  She sighs deeply, then angrily slams her pen down on her desk.

The real culprit in Emily’s procrastination is not laziness, it’s fear.  Emily sees the sales process as something unpleasant, all that rejection, all those damn noes she has to swallow.  So many calls to make to get one darn person to listen, to agree to a meeting—it’s ridiculous!  It’s downright demeaning.  How much of that crap can the human spirit tolerate before going loony tunes?  Damn!  What she’s got to offer is a worthwhile thing—they should be calling her, for God sakes!  Aw, what’s the use, she thinks, fighting back tears.

Of course, all these negative thoughts and emotions are constantly being fed to Emily’s subconscious mind where the real power is functioning.  The unbiased subconscious mind, which always gives back to the individual the data it’s been fed: garbage in, garbage out; power in, power out.  As long as Emily sees the sales process in the negative, difficult light that she does, as long as she keeps feeding her subconscious garbage, it’s going to “protect” her from the agony she fears, by not allowing her to face all those terrible things she finds so distasteful.  The result for Emily is a paralysis, an inability to take action; it’s the same result a writer with writer’s block experiences.

Trying to use willpower to overcome a “protective” subconscious order is futile.  The only answer for Emily, or anyone who finds herself in the same situation, is to start reframing the lousy attitude that is the cause of all those negative thoughts and emotions corrupting the subconscious.  There is no other way to overcome the problem!

So stop berating yourself for being lazy.  It’s nothing of the kind!  Instead, start guarding your thoughts and emotions, so nothing but positive energy flows to your subconscious.  Do that and positive action-taking energy is what you’ll get back.

And the procrastination will disappear like a burnt-off morning fog.


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