Do you tend to be a procrastinator? Do you find that you invariably do things only at the very last moment? Do you delay doing things until you can’t anymore? Do your friends, family and acquaintances get irritated at the way you approach various projects? If you have answered yes to any of the above do not feel bad because you are not alone.
Procrastination is more common than you may know. This isn’t something that can be changed overnight but positive self-talk can be beneficial in learning to cease procrastinating and thereby change your life. With positive self-talk you can go from being a procrastinator to someone who gets things done.
Through positive self-talk you literally talk yourself out of procrastination the moment you start procrastinating. For those of us who do it we know there is no real reason why we do it, it’s just the way it is. We don’t spare it any thought. It’s just our way of approaching life and it’s very difficult to stop doing something you’ve done your whole life and which comes naturally to you. Self-talk, because it can be applied at the moment of procrastination, is great in helping you to stop being a procrastinator.
So what is positive self-talk? In a nutshell it’s responding to your thoughts as you think them. For example, if you are faced with a task that requires you to begin working on it today but you tell yourself it can wait until tomorrow then you will know to stop, think and remind yourself that it must be starting today. This helps you in doing today what must not be left until tomorrow. By implementing positive self-talk you will negate the negative internal dialogue so that it doesn’t end up overwhelming you.
Affirmations are often used with positive self-talk by many people. These are positive statements that can be used to steer you away from procrastination. Whenever the urge to procrastinate starts you then use these positive statements.
The following is an example of a positive proclamation or statement “I have no need for obstacles. I am able to move on with more strength than ever before,” or, “I will be organized and focused and procrastination will disappear.” These statements are concise and once memorized you can use them anywhere and any time when you need to combat procrastination. Repeating them will help you to avoid procrastinating.
By using positive affirmations or statements you can learn to bring an end to procrastination. By stopping this tendency in yourself you will be able to focus on getting done what needs to be done and unlearning the habit of procrastination.
Understanding and implementing positive self-talk in your life will help you to avoid being a procrastinator and thereby afford you the opportunity to enjoy a far more peaceful existence. The people around you will certainly be pleased. Used appropriately the changes will definitely be for the better. Choose to talk to yourself and not to procrastinate any longer.
Originally posted 2013-02-26 02:37:33.