Imagine being able to tap into your genius on demand, joyfully.
As I'm typing this to you, I'm on a deadline... one that I set for myself.
Is it unpleasant?
Is it constricting?
Is it bad to do something I don't "feel like" doing?
Learning how to be joyfully creative on schedule has transformed my business and life.
Here's the set of feelings experienced by many people during deadlines:
I've noticed a common thought-pattern that slows down a lot of people's business progress:
Before I... [take the next real step in my business]
I need to first do... [some preparatory action that takes a lot of time]
So that I'll feel more ready/confident to move forward...
This is a dangerous train of thought, because "preparation" always sounds logical... until you wake up to the fact that you have already been preparing for months or years... and you could be in preparation mode for the rest of your life.
Take note of the following ways that "preparation mode" often shows up:
"How to stay on top of my big volume of tasks, and not feel overwhelmed?"
Think of tasks and information just like physical clutter: how do you solve that problem? Solution: Everything important goes into the right place. Put it there, and have system for reminding you where it is. Eliminate everything else that’s unimportant.
Here is how I organize my ideas, my wishes, my “don’t forget to”, and other random things I might want to do:
When I notice myself procrastinating, here's a simple process that helps me get unstuck:
At the beginning of a work hour, I write down the project I'd like to make progress on, and three simple next steps I can easily take.
The key is to write it down. We try to keep too much in our heads. Our brains are not built for remembering lots of details. Instead of trying to hold ideas in your head, just write it down, so that you can liberate your mental energy for creativity.
Many people try to apply "The Secret" and #LawOfAttraction and it doesn't work for them, at least not for accomplishing projects.
I believe it's because visualization is ineffective when used on only the outcome, the desired end result.
Instead, use visualization for the process of getting there...
George Kao is a Marketing Coach for Counselors, Coaches, Speakers, and Authors. He focuses on ethical & effective ways to grow one's platform and build true livelihood.