Is there something you'd like to do but never get to? Maybe it's something small, like paying the bills. Or maybe it's something big, like starting a business. Writing an ebook? Emailing that person to collaborate on a project? Starting a blog? Maybe it's something that you routinely encounter that makes its way onto your to-do list, day after day after day.
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When it comes to blogging, I never have a shortage of ideas. I can think of all kinds of cool things to do—websites to start, tweaks to make, series to write, etc. The problem is, many of them I never execute.
Usually, I blame it on a lack of time. And that's legitimate, but it's not the whole story.
Many days I think, "OK, today I'm going to finally tackle that project." And I never do.
I noticed something recently…
The other day I had a few hours of free time ahead of me. This was going to be the day I finally made good on my project to-do list. But then suddenly, I got hungry. Rather, I suddenly had the urge to go find something to eat in the kitchen (I wasn't really hungry).
Bottom line? I'm scared. Scared to fail, scared that other people will think it's a dumb idea, scared that it will be a waste of time. I'm just scared!
For me, heading to the kitchen is my way of avoiding that which scares me. It's like my scared-ness tells me I'm hungry. Even if I'm not. Which I'm usually not. I'm just avoiding.
So, no more of that nonsense. Whenever I find myself in the kitchen at odd times, I'm trying to ask myself what I'm afraid of. Somehow, recognizing the trigger helps me push my way through it.
What about you? Do you have any habits that are triggered by fear, anxiety or something else? What's your avoidance mechanism of choice? Maybe it's surfing the internet? Checking email, Facebook or Twitter? Chatting? Making a phone call? Grabbing a snack like me? Pinterest? (My brother-in-law calls it Sinterest. LOL!)
Push through, my friend! Tackle that thing that's been looming.
If you're feeling overwhelmed, commit to work on your project for 15 minutes. I bet you can do anything for 15 minutes. And many times, 15 minutes is just enough time to create enough momentum to keep going.