How to Stop Endlessly Procrastinating

People ask me a version of the same question over and over and over again:

Step 1 — Decide to Change Your Life

You have to get to a point in your life where you say to yourself, “You know what? Screw it. I’m going to do it. I’m going for it.” I told you my story ten million times already, where I was standing in my room and yelled “F*** this! I’m not living my life like this anymore!”

  • Get pissed — This is kind of a corollary to the above, but I’m just a huge fan of using negative emotions as fuel. Inspiration is light and fluffy, but negativity cuts deep. So when I’m on the fence, feel scared, and find myself hesitating, I kind of…beat myself up until I do it. I have this conversation with myself, “Damnit Ayo, REALLY? You’re just going to sit here and not do [insert thing]? Why? Why are you allowing yourself to live below your potential for literally no good reason other than imaginary fear? Seriously, dude? Sometimes I have to repeat this process over and over and over again. Trust me. I don’t automatically make the tough decisions I need to make right away, just because I’m a self-help writer. Like I said, it’s hard to bring yourself to do the things you need to do. Sometimes, it takes a ton of repetition.
  • Positive Visualization — Positive visualization can and does work, but I put it last because you can easily fall into the trap of having a never-ending daydream about the person you can become. That daydream can be so good and vivid that it helps you cope with your real-life a little bit too well. Be careful with this one, but yes, do take time to actively and vividly picture what a better life would look like. This only works when combined with the work, though.

Step 2 — Do the Work

Wow, what an amazing pep talk here Ayo! Do the work! Such sage advice!

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