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PlanningThe month of April is over already and it seems like it was only yesterday that I was celebrating April Fools Day!

I had intended to blog more often this month and start a new habit but procrastination reared its ugly head and here I am writing my first and only post on the very last day of the month. :-(

I have been planning this post for some days already and to be fair I am one week into a very bad cold, my cat Cannelle, who is 7 years old had to be left overnight at the vet’s after vomiting bloody stomach contents which necessitated many trips to and from home but if I am completely honest I must admit that I am very creative when it comes to doing everything but what I have set out to do.

I know we all do this and there are some very good reasons why. We set out goals, get anxious, are afraid to fail or have unrealistic expectations which leads us to waste time to distract ourselves to feel better which only leads to more anxiety as time passes then more distractions until we finally find ourselves reaching our deadline with our goal unaccomplished.

Then we beat ourselves up for having once again failed to meet our goals leading to negative feelings which feed the whole cycle all over again.

Sounds familiar? Here are some rules to help you break the habit of procrastination.

7 Rules of Motivation

  1. First and foremost, set a major goal but define a path to follow along which mini goals will be addressed and completed giving you more confidence to move forward to the next mini goal until you eventually have accomplished the major goal.Recall how you proceeded when you attended school, be it in the primary grades, secondary school or even college or university. You were able to complete your education by making sure that each day a little bit was done until the first term was finished then moved on to the next term until the year was done.Eventually, you finished a number of years and moved from primary to secondary school and so on until you graduated.
  2. Finish what you start. A project that is 90% complete is no good to anyone. You may as well have saved yourself the trouble of working on it at all because it is completely useless. Quitting becomes a habit and habits are hard to break. It is much better to develop the habit of finishing whatever you start and you will be amazed at what you can accomplish.
  3. Socialize with people who have similar interests. Being around others who are on the same path will help provide the support you need as you work toward your goal. You need to associate with those who understand what you are doing and what you are trying to achieve. If you stick around winners you will be a winner but if you hang around losers chances are you will also be a loser.
  4. Learn how to learn. Depending on others to provide help or information only reinforces the habit of procrastination. Find out where you can access the information you need to move forward and go get it. Self education will give you a sense of independence and you will find opportunities to success beyond what you ever imagined.
  5. Combine natural talent with interests that motivate. Using your natural talent leads to motivation because you find it easy to move forward. Motivation in turn creates persistence and persistence gets the job done.
  6. Increase your knowledge of subjects that inspire. The more you know about a subject the more you will want to learn about it creating a self propelled spiral to ever greater heights. The more you learn the bigger you goals will become.
  7. Stretch your comfort zone. Don’t be afraid to take risks. Even if you don’t always succeed you will learn something valuable in the process and this will serve you for next time.  No one ever gets it right the first time, it just takes practice, practice and more practice.

I hope you have found these rules helpful and I wish you all the success you deserve.

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