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Month: August 2011

Why I’m Jumping on the Holly Jackson Bandwagon

Why I’m Jumping on the Holly Jackson Bandwagon

Tweet If you read my writing blog, you know I’m not always a fan of online classes. Well, scratch that. I’m a little skeptical about “join this,” “sign up for that” programs. That’s because I’ve paid for more than my share of broken promises courses. […]

Bullying Isn’t Just for Kids

Bullying Isn’t Just for Kids

Tweet Bullying is a serious thing going on with kids today. But this isn’t about that kind of bullying. This is the seemingly harmless adult bullying that can steal you away from your dreams. It’s what happens when Aunt Marge asks when are you going […]

Befriending Procrastination: 3 Things Its Trying to Tell You

Befriending Procrastination: 3 Things Its Trying to Tell You

Sometimes you have a friend or partner or even child for that matter, who doesn’t act on their best behavior. You don’t just end the relationship or give the child away for minor annoyances. You attempt to figure out their intention, have compassion and learn to forgive.

The same can be said with procrastination.

How so?

Procrastination: putting off or delaying, especially something requiring immediate  attention (via Dictionary.com).

Sometimes putting off something isn’t just about you being lazy. Sometimes there’s more to the story than that.

 

What Procrastination Would Tell You if It Could

1. I’m tired. Leave me alone.

Have you been working yourself to the bone? Procrastination is just your an inner child screaming, “Hey, give me a break!” Maybe you’ve neglected other projects because you’re just too tired and drained to get to it.

The solution?

Schedule in some fun time ASAP!

2. I just don’t want to.

You promised a friend you would pick up their dry cleaning or write a guest post. Maybe you agreed to do something out of friendly obligation. But it’s been weeks since you’ve done anything. Maybe there’s a part of you that really doesn’t want to do it. In this case, think of procrastination as a friend reminding you what you’re real priorities are. Embrace it.

3. I’m scared.

Fear is a biggie. You know how much I love talking about it on the blog. Sometimes we avoid things (e.g. the stack of unpaid bills) because we’re scared about facing it. And that’s okay. But acknowledging that procrastination is only a friend helping you to uncover what you’re afraid of dealing with, can be helpful. It may turned a scary nightmare into a dream come true.

Maybe you’re afraid of success. In reaction, you’ve taken jobs beneath your talent.

Maybe you’re afraid of failure and that’s why you’re working yourself to the bone.

Once you discover what procrastination is masking, you can learn ways to treat it like you would a friend: listen non-judgmentally, try to understand their intention, be compassionate and forgive them. When you do that, you’ll learn to see procrastination as a gift. One that might get you closer to your dreams.

If you need more help on managing your fears, this might help.

What do you think procrastination is trying to tell you?

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Not Giving Up the Fight

Not Giving Up the Fight

Tweet In case you’re wondering, I’m still striving away. Yes, I’ve got more work than I know what to do with. But it’s no excuse. In fact, it’s the reason why I was preparing all summer just in case it came to this. The more […]

How to Feel Joy Again

How to Feel Joy Again

Tweet When I first saw Bonnie St. John in the documentary Following Dreams” her story moved me to tears.  A best-selling author, mother and inspirational speaker Bonnie has met every challenge given to her with grace, courage and determination.  She is a hero to many (including […]

Feeling Stuck Sucks

Feeling Stuck Sucks

When I was in Hawaii, I did my usual hike with my dad. It was the same route we’ve done since I was a kid. After about the tenth time, I used to sing to keep myself from boredom.

This time, however, I brought my camera.

As I shook my leg to ward off mosquitoes, the way a horse swats flies with its tail, I began to appreciate how ordinary things look pretty extraordinary when you look at it through the lens of a camera.

 

the things you notice when you begin to see...

 

Take this bamboo, for example. It’s something I grew up eating and watching sway back and forth in the mountains. But I never knew it could look like a star or a snowflake, until I peered inside.

 

death can be beautiful too.

 

And I almost passed this one by as I walked head down through the well-worn trail. While the first photo captured the youth and vitality of a supple bamboo, this photo showed another bamboo which had been dried up of life, fallen passed its prime. It was still there, root in ground. And still beautiful.

 

I realized it was all about perspective. Sometimes you need to look for the bright light in a dark, boding tunnel.

Sometimes the answers are hidden. Sometimes they are small and insignificant from afar, but life-changing when up close like moss on a tree.

But the key is to open your eyes and begin to see things in a new way. Change your perspective. Be open to possibility. Appreciating that you will eventually find what it is your are looking for. Zoom in on your life like a camera zooming in on its subject and you will discover what you thought was nothing, was really an open door.

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Quitting Corporate World for a More Fulfilling Life

Quitting Corporate World for a More Fulfilling Life

Tweet Jaqui Duvall has a long list of accomplishments to her name.  She is a life coach, mentor, trainer, facilitator and public speaker.  But she hasn’t always been a successful dreamer.  Find out how this accomplished maven went from corporate world life to living the life […]

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