Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Stop Procrastination

Hi everyone,

In my last blog I talked about setbacks and then suggested some ways to get around them to keep pushing towards your goals. Today I am going to talk about Procrastination.

What is Procrastination?
Well plain and simple it is a behavior that is characterized by the deferment of actions or task to a later time. So in a nut shell it is putting things off!

Now you might be wondering what this has to do with bodybuilding. Well a lot actually. I must confess that procrastination has been a weakness of mine in the past and even today I am mindful of this behavior. I do not want anything holding me back.

Some examples of procrastination in the gym are:
  1. I should be stretching more but I can’t be bothered.
  2. I should be doing some type of squatting in my leg workouts but I do not feel like it so I will do more sets of leg extensions.
  3. I should be training in a proper environment where there are good athletes to learn from instead of the local health spa gym. I keep saying I should but have not actually done anything about it.
  4. I should be eating cleaner but I cannot be bothered to cook.
  5. I should be asking questions in the gym on how to be a better bodybuilder but I am too shy to ask.
  6. I should do some cardio but I can't be bothered but maybe I will do it tomorrow.
  7. The list can go on and I am sure many of you are familiar with some of these…
Here is what I would suggest you do to overcome Procrastination:

Take action:
The easiest way to overcome procrastination is to get up and do it. Change “should” to “will” or “did” – you can say you should do this or you should do that but that is not going to make you a better bodybuilder. You become a better bodybuilder by pushing yourself past your comfort zone and doing things that may not be fun. Squats are not always fun but they sure do give you great results if they are done consistently.

Set goals and then take steps towards your goals:
What do you want to accomplish?

What needs to be done in order to accomplish your goals? Break your goals down into tasks or steps so that you are always moving forward. Each task you complete takes you one step closer to your goal. It is easier to get things done when they are broken down into smaller achievable tasks!

Change your way of thinking to positive, realistic thinking. Below are some popular sayings related to procrastination that hold a lot of meaning:

- Time waits for no man.
- Strike while the iron is hot.
- He who hesitates is lost.
- He who hesitates is last

Remember, you can't wait until you're in the mood to finish important tasks; you must use positive self-talk to get yourself motivated.

Follow your bliss!

Troy Brown :)

1 comment:

no_way_back said...

BIG Troy Brown, you are certainly full of truth, easy to read it but hard to make it happen, I'll start from the bottom, you're the man, role model kind, good luck in Ohio.