It was one sunny Sunday in September of 2014. I was relaxing on a float tube in the pool, reading a book. After a while, I threw the book to the side and allowed the float to move freely on the water.
I really enjoyed the experience until the float capsized into the deep end of the pool. At that point, not able to swim, I fought the water trying to keep my head above. The more I fought to stay alive (I thought I was dying), the more I was dragged to the bottom of the pool.
At that point I screamed, calling out my son who was 13 at the time, to come rescue me. He had his headphones on, unable to hear me screaming. I managed to hold the side of the pool and lifted myself out somehow.
It was at that moment, scared, that I took a decision to do what I have always put aside: learning to swim. I now imagine if my 13-year-old would have managed to pull me to the rescue.
Yes, I knew deep inside that I wanted to learn to swim. However, I never pushed myself to do it until that life-threatening moment. I always feared submerging my head under water until I went for my lessons.
This is but one example, how many times do we find a reason to get that extra cup of coffee or watch a soccer match or two, one after the other avoiding to do essential stuff?
You can stop putting things off by following these few nuggets:
#Just Do It And Get It Over With
Do you know that nagging feeling that wakes you in the middle of the night when you have not done what you were supposed to do? Putting it away does not make it disappear. The solution is just to do it and get it over with.
# What is of Critical Importance To You?
I have a friend who says he despairs from just looking at the size of a book when he contemplates reading. If you are like him, decide what is of critical importance to you. You don’t have to read the entire book.
# Cut Into Bite-Sized Chunks
Doing one task successfully builds more confidence for new tasks. It is difficult and suicidal to run 20km when you haven’t done a mere 100m. You can start with small steps, running 3km, then 5km building confidence until you can run the full 20kms.
You will need to prioritise to avoid being overwhelmed. Failure to prioritise makes the task look scary because anything becomes urgent.
# Keep Your Eyes On The Goal
Focus on the end state and not the process in order to keep the fire burning. The treasure is more important than the challenges along the way.
# Celebrate Quick Wins
Never be too harsh on yourself. Celebrate even the smallest of victories as part of motivating yourself and go for more.
# Constantly Remind Yourself Why
Define for yourself why each action or task is important. Once you are able to define the why, it will be easy to see it to completion.
Solutions to overcoming procrastination and getting things done are not magical, you must feel the fear and do it anyway.
Don’t let these principles become meaningless and just another read. Take massive action today.
You cannot make this shift on your own, you need the support and guidance of a Coach. Tex Hlalele is a Life, Leadership and Business Coach, Author, Facilitator and Speaker. You can contact us on http://www.dreamsmadepossible.co.za/contact.html