I had the whole day planned. I was going to work on one of my monthly goals. I had my computer ready to go to start accomplishing what I set out to accomplish.
Instead, I scrolled on zenni.com looking for a spare set of glasses. I took the face quiz at least 15 times. (Still have a rectangle face!). I virtually tried on rectangle glasses, square glasses, cat-eye glasses etc. I spent 5 hours doing this.
And I still couldn’t find a pair of glasses that I like.
Why was it so hard to accomplish the one goal I had?
Why was I keep on trying and re-trying on frames to find the perfect one?
I closed out the tab on my computer and tried to pinpoint the thought and/or feeling driving me. It was more the feeling that I felt stronger than my thought.
I felt overwhelmed.
Overwhelmed that I have a lot of goals I wanted to accomplish. Overwhelmed that I didn’t know where to start.
Overwhelmed that I was going to fail.
That last sentence hit home.
I didn’t realize that was the core thought driving me to procrastinate.
I started challenging my thoughts.
So what if I failed?
I will feel terrible
So what if I feel terrible?
I don’t want to feel that way.
What is the worst thing that would happen if you felt terrible?
Nothing. I feel the emotion, process it and move on.
At the end of it, I felt more at ease with the emotion.
I could feel the creative juices flowing again.
Instead of beating myself up that I wasted 5 hours, I told myself how can I forward with love and grace?
I can move forward and start working on my goal.
Even working on it for 5 minutes is a win. I can try for another 10 minutes and keep going to see where it goes.
The feeling of love, grace and empowerment fueled my goal.
Which was to write a blog post. 🙂
What would it be for you?
Starting a side gig?
Having a side gig but don’t know the next step?
Balancing your side gig and your medical career?
Ready for your side gig to become your full-time career?
Transitioning into a different career?
Take a step towards your goal can be intimidating.
Especially if you have never done it before.
If you notice yourself procrastinating, try these 8 steps
1) What is the thought driving you?
2) What are feeling right now?
3) Which is more dominant-your thought or feeling?
4) If it is your thought, keep challenging your thought by asking
So what? and What is the worst that can happen?
If these questions don’t resonate with you, experiment and try questions that feel right for you.
5) If the feeling is stronger, sit with the feeling and try to process it.
6) With the time remaining, what goal would you like to work on?
7) Try working on it for 5 minutes and then 10 minutes.
Keep going until you are ready to stop
8) If you are still procrastinating, ask yourself do I really want to work on this goal?
If not, you don’t have to work on it. Work on goals that move you forward, not hold you back.
You got this.
P.S. If you are interested in learning more on how to move forward with creating a side gig, click here! I am here to help you achieve the career that is RIGHT for you.