July 2, 2013, by Ben Schoeffler
Procrastination is a problem that has afflicted people throughout time. There are many new and old solutions to deal with this problem, but one tool will be found at the end of this article: A free hypnosis mp3 with a focus on ending your procrastination. To get the most out of that mp3 you must read the entire article, so here we go!
People love to put things off in order to gain the instant gratification now. This obviously leads to problems because we all have responsibilities we need to perform. Sometimes those are tasks others (like a boss) assign for us, other times they are goals we’ve set for ourselves that we never seem to make time for. A great example is learning an instrument, or another language. Most people have desires to live much greater than they currently do, but procrastination robs them of the only thing they really possess: the present moment.
“Procrastination is the thief of time; collar him” - Charles Dickens
“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” - Abraham Lincoln
Why we procrastinate
People procrastinate for a variety of different reasons, here are just a few of the common ones:
- Fear of failure
- Fear of success
- Fear of the unknown
Believe it or not laziness is not the main reason people procrastinate. We are all motivated to do things, and our inner hopes and fears are what guide that motivation. It’s important to ask yourself a few questions to determine why you are putting off a particular task.
This next part is interactive, and it’s important that you actually run through this exercise in your head. Don’t worry, it’s only thinking with a bit of writing, you don’t actually have to get up and do something. It should take only a few minutes and it will give you a clearer picture of what you are dealing with.
Go ahead and pick something in your life that you’ve been procrastinating on for a while. It could be a personal assignment, a goal you might have, or maybe a task assigned to you by someone. Think of it now, and ask yourself these questions. Take a good 30 seconds to a minute to answer each question, write down the answers.
- What do I gain if I complete this task?
- What do I lose if I complete this task?
- What happens if I succeed?
- What happens if I fail?
Here is a good example of an answers someone might give for why they are procrastinating on working out:
- What do I gain if I complete this task?: Well, I will be in better shape both physically and mentally. I will gain more self confidence and an ego boost. I will gain more stamina and a my immune system will be strengthened. I will also gain the responsibility of maintaining my results, because if I don’t go to the gym then I will have put in that hard work for nothing.
- What do I lose if I complete this task?: I lose time it takes to go to the gym. This could cut into the time I play videogames or hang out with friends. I also might get too big and muscular and that’s just gross.
- What happens if I succeed?: I will gain all of the things previously mentioned. I will have proven to myself that I am much tougher than I originally thought. This success will give me momentum to accomplish other things in my life.
- What happens if I fail?: I will look stupid for trying to better myself. People may make fun of me, and I’m sure a few of them will say, “I told you so.” The good news is I will have more time to play video games and I won’t have to try at anything else for a long time.
As you can see there are actually some benefits to failing in this example, and there are some negatives for succeeding. Most people know this subconsciously, but it’s not something they are actively aware of.
People are creatures of habit. Behavioral experts estimate that around 88% of all of the activities we perform throughout the day are automatic. These are things like walking, breathing, driving etc... but they also include how we think. How we think about money, how we think about love, how we think about ourselves. All of these processes are ingrained in the neural connections of our brain and are largely automatic, they are subconscious actions.
This is a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing because if you have good habits in place, it’s easy to keep getting more success and good results. The same is true if you have destructive habits in place, you tend to build negative momentum and not really know why.
In the social sciences it’s said that it takes approximately 21 days to form a new habit. That’s true for the most part, especially if you are trying to create that habit through a rigid structure of logical self discipline. There is another way though, a sort of mind-hack if you will. That is to utilize the power of the subconscious so it starts working for you and your goals.
How hypnosis can help you to stop procrastinating?
Hypnosis is a tool that utilizes a person's subconscious to enable them to create new habits and change their perspective on life. If you internalize a new view of yourself, you automatically change your behavior to line up with this new perspective.
This can be useful for things such as smoking. If you view yourself as a non-smoker, it just doesn’t make sense to light up a cigarette. How you view yourself is largely an automatic process controlled by the subconscious. If we can change that, then creating new habits becomes much easier. This is a great way to put that 21 day habit creation structure into overdrive!
At the end of this article is a free mp3 for you to experience hypnosis for ending procrastination. Like I’ve explained in this article, procrastination is a very complicated behavior with many factors contributing to it. Without knowing your individual motivations and fears, I won’t be able to customize this mp3 to your particular situation. This is very much an off-the-rack solution. But just like a suit you might buy off-the-rack at macy’s, this mp3 just might do the job for you. It won’t be a custom tailored solution, but for the majority of people it will be incredibly effective.
Ideally, if you truly suffer from an addiction of procrastination you would see a certified hypnotherapist in your area. They would be able to get to know you, understand you, and figure out which language patterns you are most receptive to. A hypnosis session can cost anywhere from $80-200, but the cost is very minimal if it can help you overcome a demon that has been sabotaging your life for years. Procrastination wastes not only money and energy, but also the one currency you can never get more of: Time.
Desire for change
Hypnosis isn’t a magic wand, although the results can seem supernatural if you have the desire to change. How do you determine if you have the desire? A great way would be is if you read this entire article and completed exercise one. If you simply skimmed through it and didn’t actually do the mental exercise above then you may not have the desire to change yet. That’s ok though, with the help of a skilled counselor, coach, or hypnotist you can discover that desire to change in a way that will motivate you to create new habits.
Ask yourself if this habit of procrastination is really a benefit in your life. Contemplate all of the negative and positive things it has brought you. Once you have done that, take that next step, and download this mp3. You can save it to your computer by right clicking and clicking ‘Save as...’. afterwards you can load it on your mp3 player.
Sometimes procrastination can be from a lack of energy caused from a lack of sleep. if you have actual trouble sleeping then real life hypnosis is a good option. If you have insomnia, or if it takes you more than 30 minutes to fall asleep at night then you should take my sleep test at www.BrilliantSide.com which will help determine your sleep type. Utilizing that information you can use sleep hypnosis to help you fall asleep faster, and sleep deeper.