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Dec 3, 2018

“Procrastination is the gift of awareness. Underneath procrastination is the thing we're avoiding and that's what needs to be loved and appreciated.”

This week on the Women in the Business Arena Podcast, we are revisiting the topic of procrastination. There are times in our business that we mislabel the need to move more slowly through a task as procrastination. There are other times, however, when we really are procrastinating or rather avoiding something. What we’re hoping to bring to light in this episode, is the importance of reframing procrastination. Too many women are beating themselves up for it. How do we use procrastination as a tool to help us integrate ourselves, and to move forward into a more productive and fulfilling business and way of living?

“The things that we're procrastinating are important. It's actually a gift. Because usually, those are really significant aspects of self that are seeking integration. They're giving you such a big pushback because of their significance. This is a really big piece of your psyche coming into a new state of awareness.”

The key to moving through procrastination isn’t judgement and in fact, that only creates more procrastination. Instead, we have to reframe it. When we can change our perspective about procrastination, we can integrate it, rather than avoid it, fear it, or feel shame regarding our tendency to procrastinate. Our procrastination is a gift. It is highlighting an area of self that has yet to be integrated. If we’re feeling the discomfort of avoidance, that means we are on the brink of a breakthrough. Recognizing that unintegrated part of self that rests below the surface of our procrastination can give us the compassion we need for self and give us the courage to face it head-on.

“The mind, especially with procrastination, will feed you a story and then keep perpetuating that loop over and over and over again. Sometimes it's quite hard to break that cycle yourself.”

This is why it can be good to have support and to work with someone who can help you look at what you are afraid to look at. One of the number one areas of procrastination for women, across the board, is finances. If you struggle with fear, avoidance, shame or guilt regarding money, and find yourself procrastinating when it comes to finances, you are not alone. Having the courage to love yourself through this process and dig below the surface of procrastination is crucial in order to have a sustainable business. You will not make money unless you get comfortable with sales. Listen in to learn more about the gift of procrastination, and how you can get through procrastination and gain confidence, compassion, and success.

Some Topics we talk about in this episode:

  • Introduction - 0:56
  • Asking the Tough Questions: Techniques for Self-Inquiry - 6:22
  • Procrastination is the Edge of Breakthrough - 17:26
  • Why Procrastination is a Gift - 19:27
  • The #1 Area of Procrastination - 23:19
  • Why Overcoming Procrastination Takes Patience with Yourself - 30:38
  • Wrap-up and Takeaways - 35:50

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