I face some large obstacles as I attempt to unravel my life. These obstacles have been created within my own head. The biggest of which is being negative about my actions and thoughts. As a result of this, any attempt I have made in the past has been sabotaged by my own mind.
The largest of these mental obstacles is the deep seated negative thoughts. I am always doubting my actions and whether I am up to the challenge of completing those that are set out before me. I often find that I have the knowledge and skills to complete the task or challenge, but it is my mind that makes me feel like it is a challenge. Thus it is my mind that is the obstacle rather than the actual task.
These obstacles are not just in my personal life, but also in my professional and blogging lives. When it comes to blogging, I find that my mind tells me that I will fail even before I start setting up my blog. I will often write a few blog posts, find that there is no web traffic, and my mind tells me that I have failed miserably, and I will give up after just a few weeks and be back at square one.
When I am given a project, often larger than anything else I have done, I get frustrated and under-confident that I can finish the actual project. My brain tells me that I don’t have the skills to finish the project, or that it is too difficult and complicated. I always finish the project on time, but I procrastinate during the initial stages because my mind tells me that I am under-qualified for the project even though my boss knows otherwise.
Where to from here?
That is a very good question. The best response for me would be to ignore my brain and do what needs to be done rather than putting if off until the deadline looms. That would be my biggest helpful tip to myself to overcome the obstacles I face on a daily basis. Ignoring the obstacles and doing the task for myself rather than listening to the negative thoughts. I am challenged by this everyday of my life and a skill I need to work on.
Do you have any tips to help me stop listening to the negative thoughts? Tips to overcome procrastination?