Have you ever found yourself procrastinating on taking action on an important task?
You know it’s important, but you don’t feel like doing it and you can’t pinpoint why.
You get “brain fog” and become distracted.
You procrastinate. You work on low value work. You shuffle papers. You play solitaire!
It took me a long time to unravel this behavior, but I’ve cracked the code on this one.
I call this behavior… “Back to the Future”!
And you have a bad case of it (all of us do)… and you need a Brain Reboot!
Let me break it down for you.’Brain fog and procrastination occur when you are having a negative emotional reaction to a task and you can’t pinpoint the cause.
You can’t pinpoint it because the hidden beliefs driving the reaction don’t use words. Hidden beliefs are stored in the subconscious.
And your subconscious communicates with ‘feelings’… not with words.
So you have this ‘bad vibe’, bit you don’t really associate it with the task. It’s just a general ‘unease’.
And instead of taking a moment to zero in on what’s going on in your brain, your get brain fog and become distracted.
Your subconscious is trying to tell you something, but you haven’t been taught the skills to listen and translate those feelings.
So, what’s your subconscious trying to say?
In simple terms, your subconscious is projecting the results of past experiences into the future, and anticipating a negative results… in short – – – Back to the Future!
If my subconscious could talk, it would say… ‘Margaret, you’ve done this kind of thing before, and it didn’t turn out so well… Be careful… What makes you think you’re going to be successful this time? This is embarrassing… I don’t know how to do this… why do you keep on agreeing to do these things… Help… I’m way outside my comfort zone right now!’
Does any of this sounds familiar to you?
Most of us suffer from the “I’m not good enough” bug – the mental meme that undermines our self-confidence.
Ready to breakthrough? Great!
Here is your homework for today.
First, you have to have an awareness of these thoughts… So here’s step 1!
Get a notebook or journal so you can track this. Pick a task that is outside your comfort zone. The task isn’t as important as making sure it is something outside your comfort zone.
For example: Make a decision to take up jogging. Get up an hour earlier to clean house… go up and talk to a complete stranger… raise the prices on your program by 20 percent… do something outside your comfort zone.
Now… write down every thought that goes thru your head as you think about doing this work. Literally, write them down. Even the little sneaky thoughts that you don’t want to admit.
Do this for 5 days.
And watch for my next blog. I’ll share a technique to reprogram those thoughts.
I’m going to do this with you. Ever day for the next 5 days I’m going to hit the gym and workout!
And I’m going to post my journal entries to you and teach you how I reprogram my own thoughts.
Photo Credit: Matt Gibson