“When pleasant words are easy, bitter words to use, Is like, leaving sweet ripe fruit, the sour unripe to choose.”
How many times have you said that in your life?
I used to say it a lot when I was in college. I’ll just study tomorrow. I’ll catch up on homework tomorrow.
Once, I kept saying it until the day of the final exam. Guess what happened? I failed the class.
Since then, I’ve worked in 8 jobs over a span of 14 years and have risen the ranks – I started as a receptionist and now I’m a VP at a fast growing company. I’ve learned a lot on how to motivate myself to take action.
Here are top tips on how to overcome procrastination and laziness:
- Fail – Sometimes failure can actually be a good thing for you. It can act as a wake up call. When I failed my college course, it felt like someone dumped a bucket of ice on me, shook me and scolded, “Get your act together!” So what happened? I retook the course, went to every single class, did every homework assignment diligently and even went to professor hours. I was so embarrassed of my failure that I made a promise to myself that I would never let that happen again. I ended up acing the course.
- Stop thinking, start doing – Sometimes we end up thinking about something so much that we’re literally exhausted from it and don’t have the energy to take action. Don’t over plan. Don’t over think. Don’t wonder all day. Do something. Anything.Sometimes the most important thing is simply to get started. Once, I spent months debating what my website should be focused on (should it be focused on motivation, career development or personal growth?) Finally, after months went by, I launched a blog on career development. It completely flopped. Most of my readers were my friends (thanks for the support!). I wish I had spent those months writing instead of planning. I would have gotten my answer so much faster. So what have I done since? Every product or idea I’ve done since I’ve tried to implement as quickly as possible. For example, my new motivational website became popular pretty quickly and now has over 10,000 subscribers! Now I’m motivated because of the success I’ve seen and it’ll started from the decision to take action immediately.
- Use the single tab rule – The single tab rule is simple. When you’re on your computer working on something important, only have one single tab open so that you can focus all of your energy on it. Don’t surf the web, don’t check for new tweets every 5 seconds and don’t constantly refresh your Facebook feed. The single tab rule also applies offline as well. Stay focused my friends.
- Listen to motivational stories – Here’s that inspires me every time I think about it.
- Watch an inspiring YouTube video – I was on a flight feeling a bit out of it one day. I felt a big tired, sluggish and generally not really motivated. And then my friend sent me and it completely inspired me. It’s amazing what a great video can do. Don’t underestimate the power of visual persuasion.