Breaking News: Procrastination Obliterated Forever!

by Ellie Walsh

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PROCRASTINATION

Gone… Finished… Done… Kaput…

Erased… Deleted… Canceled… Obliterated…

Trashed… Destroyed…

Removed…

Does Not Exist…

Did I just hear a sigh of relief from you? ….

So why are you still here? It’s gone, finished …. You can relax – enjoy your day – enjoy your life….

Ohhh I get it … I know why you are still here… You are waiting for me to tell you how to obliterate procrastination! But I don’t have to tell you how …. because It Is Gone!

Still here?

I understand … Your not too sure that this procrastination stuff could really be gone forever… After all it has always felt so heavy … so big … How could it just be gone?

Let’s look at – What is Procrastination?

The dictionary says “to delay” / “to defer action” / “to put off till another day or time”

That doesn’t sound so big and heavy ….

Ohhh – you say it is big and heavy …. “because you don’t do things that you should be doing… when you should be doing them.”

Why would we put things off?

  • Busy right now … don’t have the time
  • If you are busy doing other things – are you really procrastinating?
  • Not too sure how to do this task at hand
  • If you are unsure about how to accomplish a task – is that procrastination or uncertainty?
  • I don’t like doing this task – so I wait until it absolutely needs to be done
  • If you don’t like doing something – is that procrastination or preference?
  • I’m uncomfortable/uneasy with this task…
  • Again … is this procrastination or preference?

If you are uncomfortable, unsure or you downright don’t like the task at hand…. why not call it what it is – instead of calling it procrastination?!

Ohhh I know why … and I know how the idea of procrastination started… At some point in your life someone wanted you to do something… Something you were uncomfortable with or unsure of or you just didn’t want to do … And they told you – you should be doing it … and when you didn’t do it – they called it procrastination!

Instead of finding out what was going on with you … instead of making peace with the situation … you now had a new label – a new heavy – Procrastinator!   8O

Here is what I say “Stop shoulding on yourself!” If there is a task you absolutely dislike … instead of labeling you — take the time to find out why!

I hate to file papers! OK – why? I’m not too sure where they need to be filed, I then start to feel overwhelmed … instead of just looking at this pile of papers … I look around my entire office … then I think – It all needs to be more organized …. I’m so unorganized …. this will take way too long to pull together …. I’m not good at this …. I’m lazy …. yada – yada – yada

Well no wonder you don’t like this task …. You went on an “old story” rant with it and beat yourself up! Those insults that you just threw all over yourself … they are a re-action – a regurgitation of old programming that you have installed in your mind!

When those old stories start … you need to stop them! Ask yourself this question – “How can I feel different about this?” or “How can I experience this differently?” or “How can I see this situation differently?”

Then let it go… Some of you will get the answer right away. For others your answer will come in a feeling … or you will notice – Gee I just filed those papers today and didn’t even think twice about it.

You are not a procrastinator … or unorganized … or lazy!
You just have a bunch of “old stories” running in your head!

Dump the Labels – Ask the Questions
Shift the Stories 

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Ellie Walsh Living the Law of Attraction

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"There are No Mistakes..... Only Discoveries!" TM ~ Ellie Walsh

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14 comments

1 Lisa Sellman March 20, 2013 at 5:12 pm

Any problem can be turned around into an opportunity for self discovery and self acceptance. Isn’t it wonderful we don’t have to be perfect?

2 Ellie March 20, 2013 at 5:36 pm

Hi Lisa….
Another way to look at it is we are perfect. I believe I am the perfect Ellie at every given moment … Doesn’t matter if others don’t think I am so perfect … at that moment – that was the perfect Ellie. It is all an opportunity! :D

Thanks for sharing! ;)
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3 Carol March 20, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Feels best to be in alignment when we “do” something. And if we’re not in alignment, I agree – that is not procrastination.

4 Ellie March 20, 2013 at 6:14 pm

Hi Carol …
Yes — and we can get what some will call stuck in that cycle of not doing because we aren’t feeling it! That is going on because the old stories just keep repeating – so find a way to shift those stories! ;)

Thanks for sharing! :D
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5 Suzie Cheel March 20, 2013 at 6:27 pm

Brilliant Ellie, I got the picture of the piles of paper and laughed I have those old stories- yes I still have some questions to ask to to release the old stories. I love your idea of preference and calling it what it is. Yes I am perfect in every moment.
love and hugs
Suzie
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6 Ellie March 20, 2013 at 7:07 pm

Hi Suzie ….
Ohh those piles of papers! LOL
And… when I made peace with them – when I shifted the stories … I was able to let go of those piles! ;)

You are, indeed, perfect! :)
Big Hugs,
Ellie
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7 Rob J March 21, 2013 at 6:06 am

Yes, agree with Lisa above. How wonderful it is that we don’t have to be perfect. Perfection just narrows the options we have to overcome difficult situations. I love to stuff things up :)

8 Tracey March 21, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Suppose what you’re “procrastinating” on is a major life change…not a pile of papers..how do you then find your inner courage to “jump”…the result of which could be successful and wonderful..or a financial disaster.

9 Ellie March 21, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Great question Tracey!
The reason you would be ‘procrastinating’ on this issue is right here in your statement – “could be successful and wonderful..or a financial disaster” … That feels scary! Unsure …
The questions work great with this. How can I see/feel different about this? You’ve got some old stories that are keeping you scared, vulnerable. You want to start telling the new story … “this really could work out great for me … things do work out for me.” You’ve got to feel yourself into this – before you will be willing to go ahead with it.
You might want to join our group on facebook … where we talk all about telling a new story. http://facebook.com/LivingLOA
Hugs,
Ellie
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10 AffirmingSpirit March 31, 2013 at 7:11 am

Can I tell you how much I just love this post, Ellie?!?

Abe has taught me to relax about procrastination, but I love how you systematically explain why we often say we’re procrastinating when we are really busy, or uncertain, or developing a new preference.

Many blessings,
Nancy
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11 Ellie March 31, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Hi Nancy ….
Yes doesn’t if feel so much better …. instead of beating ourselves up! ;)

Great to see you here… Thanks for sharing!

Hugs,
Ellie
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12 AffirmingSpirit March 31, 2013 at 5:21 pm

YES, Ellie! It feels so much better…one LESS thing to get my panties in a twist.

Plus, I have great stories how embracing my procrastination in work under tight deadlines has benefited both me and my design clients!

Many blessings,
Nancy
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13 Jess August 6, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Brilliant post…this way of thinking should definitely help to remove some of the resistance we create with labels like ‘procrastinator’. Thank you!!!

14 Ellie Walsh August 11, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Hi Jess …

Yes! Let’s get rid of all those useless, limiting labels! ;)
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