Then I will vs. Now I will (a.k.a. Making a decision)

I’m big on making decisions. And at a recent networking meeting full of smart folks, a guest speaker spoke about that very thing

I was particularly struck by his concept of, “Then I will” vs. “Now I will”

Here’s what “Then I will” sounds like:

  • Once I make a certain revenue goal (or have a certain amount of savings), then I will do “something” different.
  • I want to write a book, but I don’t have time. Maybe once I get my office organized, I can find time to write.
  • Once I document all our systems and processes, then my company will be humming like well-oiled machine.
  • As soon as I’ve saved enough for retirement, then I will move to the beach. (Or the mountains…ahem!)
  • As soon as I know enough, then I will start my own business.
  • Once I’m mad enough, I’ll quit.

What if, instead, you seize the moment? Now I will…

  • Today I will take one concrete action step towards improving my revenue (rather than waiting until later).
  • I will make time to write 500 words today, every day, in order to get my book done.
  • I realize systems and processes are important – and how can I ensure that today we are taking even one step towards improving both processes and team work?
  • Screw retirement – I’m moving to the beach NOW!
  • I realize I’ll never know enough – and I’m starting my business now. Today.
  • I’m inspired, capable, and ready. I’m quitting and choosing to do something different instead.

Can you feel the difference between those two lists? The first is future-focused and based on ‘something’ happening. The second is ‘now’ focused and places the responsibility and choice on YOU to make it happen. It’s all about making a decision.

I love the second list. I focus on the second list. My life is modeled one day at a time around the second list.

How about you?

Make some room,

Angie

P.S. A Make Some Room Rendezvous session is a perfect opportunity to discover where you can live in the now to create a happier life and a more successful business. This is you making a decision to act now.be bold

Let’s hug Procrastination and thank it, too

Make Some Room Manifesto from Your Organized Guide, Inc.Let’s talk about procrastination.

Currently I’m reading two books – one on how to joyfully and playfully free my inner writer even more and a second one on how to master the game of life. I’ve practically filled half a notebook with thoughts from each.

The interesting thing is both of these books address the dreaded phenomenon of procrastination.

And I’ve been dealing with it big time in the last week or so.

So with my reading and a bit of introspection, here’s what I’ve learned:

Procrastination is actually is a gift! We should hug it and squeeze and thank it.

Seriously.

Here’s the deal: when we procrastinate, we’re on the verge of discovery. Like, BIG discovery. The reason we procrastinate is our “inner lizard” – our fear brain – is saying, “Danger! Danger! Something important is about to take place.”

And then our “inner lizard” shifts into major procrastination mode and presents us with juicy things to do, like organize our sock drawer, stare at emails, make witty comments on social media, or bathe the cat.

Instead of pandering to our inner lizard, let’s take some advice from rapper Vanilla Ice (yes, really):

“Alright Stop. Collaborate and Listen.”

Yes, I’m asking you to both take advice from a rapper and embrace your procrastination. To get cozy with it. And to listen. Write down the thing or things you’re avoiding and ask the following questions:

1. Is the something I’m avoiding big and remarkable and scary to me? Yet, at the same time, it kind of really excites me and terrifies me and makes me fizz in a Pop-Rocks kind of way? Is the energy rushing into my body and making me feel the need to do something, anything (except maybe the thing I’m procrastinating about)?

2. OR is the thing I’m avoiding doing making me feel dread? Making me feel truly yucky? And making me feel like the energy is running out of my body? So much so I cannot even move from my chair?

Once you can fully decide which of the two feelings you’re feeling, you can fully thank Procrastination (and your inner lizard) for such awesome information!

The solutions here? If you’re dealing with first scenario (scared, but energized), see if you can take one step in the direction of accomplishing the thing. And one step can be calling someone and saying, “I’m scared.” or “I’m stuck.”

If you’re dealing with the second scenario (dread, low energy, etc.) ask yourself, “Do I have to do this thing or can I get creative and get it done another way or by another person?” If you’re feeling SO yucky about it, you most likely should not be doing it. And I’m perfectly serious about that.

I had a very illuminating conversation with someone recently about this and he realized a whole new way to get something done in a collaborative way that brought enthusiasm, relief and energy back into his voice (and his body). His information was, “This is not a task you’re good at. It doesn’t bring you energy. It’s not one of your gifts and talents.” However, collaborating IS his gift and talent and it turned into a perfect scenario for the thing to get done.

So, there you have it. Hug and squeeze and thank procrastination for giving you such great information.

And if you find you cannot figure out which feeling you’re feeling or if you’d like some support in identifying or taking action on these things, that’s what I’m here for!

In fact, today I’m doing a Make Some Room Rendezvous Session with a business owner who called and said, “I’m just plain stuck.”

Awesome! It’s going to be a fine day of discovery, getting unstuck, and moving into energizing action. And we shall squeeze and hug and thank procrastination for making it happen.

Make some room

Angie

P.S. There are no more Make Some Room Rendezvous sessions available for March. Schedule yours for April now! And when those are gone, I won’t offer anymore until late summer/early fall.

Beating the crap out of procrastination

Here’s how I beat the crap out of procrastination…

I sat down at my desk yesterday morning and felt a bit overwhelmed. With the move and my traveling for work two weeks a month, I don’t quite have a routine yet. There are odds and ends to take care of caused by the move, new ways of interacting with clients, and just generally trying to get into a groove.

Yesterday I had a hard time with just beginning. So I checked Facebook, Google +, and LinkedIn. I shuffled papers around. I talked to Nelson a bit.

Finally, after much procrastination, I made a giant pile of everything on my desk and sorted through it one bit at a time. I attacked my email with gusto and went from 67 messages in my inbox down to the breathe-easy number (for me) of 20. I made my list of To Do’s and got down to business.

Last week I talked at length with a client about this same issue. He said he’ll sit at his desk and not know where to start. Then he starts clicking around in email, shuffling paper, and answering calls. Soon, it’s 2:30 in the afternoon and he’s gotten nothing of significance done.

I asked him, “Well, do you have anything of significance to do?”

He laughed and said, “Of course.”

Ask me the same question and I’ll give you the same answer. Yet, does knowing there’s significant work to be done actually help us do the work? Too often, the answer is no. (I’ll dive more into the underlying reasons for this later this week.)

Without getting all religious or anything, I read something last week that has stuck with me. This article or note said the Bible passage, “The meek shall inherit the earth” has actually been mis-translated. Instead, the passage should read, “The disciplined shall inherit the earth.”

Now, I think that makes a lot of sense. And evidently Kung Fu Master Bruce Lee does, too, because he said, “The successful warrior is the average person with laser-like focus.”

I’m average. My client is average, too. And so are you. We are all gloriously average!

Yet, we can become a successful warrior (whatever that means to you) if we can learn to focus and embrace discipline.

Viola – I think it’s the secret to life and business and everything else!

Focus and discipline.

So, a little exercise for you (and me) this morning.

Step One: make a list of the top five favorite ways you procrastinate. (Mine are hopping on social media, organizing my desk [ahem], doing laundry, reading, and cleaning the house).

Step Two: list the five most important things you do day in and day out to create success in your life. (Again, mine are writing, sharing my writing, creating clients, working with clients, and exercising).

Step Three: post these lists at your desk or on your fridge or bathroom mirror for everyday use [unless you have 50 million notes and Post Its there already - first, clean up all that crap!]. Then, pay attention to your procrastination tendencies. Re-focus like a laser on those five most important things and choose to do them day in and day out to create success.

Can it be that easy? Yes, with focus and discipline, it certainly can.

It’s the old 80/20 rule: 20 percent of your efforts generate 80 percent of your success (translation: focus and discipline).

Choose your activities and where you spend your energy wisely, grasshoppa. Then you, too, can “inherit the earth.”

Make some room,

Angie

P.S. A Make Some Room Rendezvous session is THE perfect place to begin. Schedule yours now!

P.P.S. Yes, I was totally in procrastination mode yesterday. My coach made a very powerful request of me last week and I was totally and completely avoiding it. High-risk. More about this in my next note.

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