Let’s Just Do It. Tips for Passionate Practitioners and Coaches To Get Their Businesses Back on Track — Tips 16–18: Take Back Your Power
This is a series for coaches and therapists who are passionate about their work and their clients but struggling to find a way to make things work post-Covid as clients melt away and money becomes an issue for most people.
Procrastination is something we all experience. Trouble is, it’s something that can quickly become a habit. And it’s a habit that will derail your business success. People who are successful are people who have learned to tame that particular monster.
Here are three ways to help you boot it out the door.
1. Take Back Your Power
People often procrastinate out of either fear or resentment (or both!) — especially resentment they may not even realize they own, deep down.
Resentment comes out of feeling trapped. If this is true for you, figure out what you can do to reclaim your power in some way. Stop working weekends, or charge double rates to do so. Hire an assistant if it’s the work itself that’s trapping you. Change the structure of your appointments to make them easier on yourself and reduce burnout.
If it is a deep seated resentment for the way you are working identify what is making you feel trapped and take a step to free yourself from that feeling. It is a start! As you give yourself more permission to make things work for you it gets easier to free yourself from paralysing fear and anxiety too. These are things that many, many coaches and therapists are feeling right now. you are not alone.
2. Take Other Things Off Your To-Do List
When exhaustion and overwhelm are contributing to procrastination, take other, less critical tasks or activities off your to-do list. Do it immediately so that your list shrinks. most things can be delayed or postponed for a while as you make some space to finish what is urgent and overwhelming you.
Then take a short break — perhaps a cup of your favorite special tea — and get back to the big task.
You may be surprised at how less-overwhelming it seems, giving you the impetus to move forward again without the drag of those others things weighing you down and confusing your mind.
3. Discard Perfectionism
People who are perfectionists are prone to putting things off. They become overwhelmed with the fear that they won’t produce exceptional results, but perfectionism doesn’t result in extraordinary results: Ninety-nine percent of the time, it just reduces efficiency and induces paralysis.
It’s important to realize that getting the job done is more important than doing it perfectly: Meeting the deadline, not letting down team members, providing what is needed — this is what to focus on. Everything is a work in progress. That’s life! Get used to it.
If perfectionism is your problem, give yourself permission to let go a little and get it done. It only has to be good enough.
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