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November 29, 2019

How To Avoid Procrastination When It Comes To Achieving Your Goals

“Procrastination, the opposite of decision, is a common enemy which practically every man must conquer.” – Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich

Perhaps you’re currently sitting at your desk, staring at your long to-do list. Maybe you’ve finally created your business plan but you now need the motivation to execute. You want to achieve your goals but it’s making the decision to get started that stopping you from doing…anything.

In his bestseller Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill dedicated an entire chapter to procrastination – the seventh step towards achieving success. According to the book, the women and men that have experienced failure have disclosed that lack of decision is one of the major causes of failure.

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Reaching decisions promptly, according to Napoleon Hill

One of the reasons why Henry Ford is so successful is because he makes decisions quickly – without hesitation.

Think and Grow Rich is well-known because of its lessons of success that are backed up by case studies. It’s why millions, including Wealth Alliance co-founders, Milan and Sylvia Milosevic.

Hill interviewed successful people for over 20 years. One particular case study that stands out, especially if we’re talking about procrastination, is Henry Ford. Ford is an industrialist and business magnate, but he is known for being the founder of the Ford Motor Company.

In the book, Hill highlights that one of the reasons why Henry Ford is so successful is because he makes decisions quickly – without hesitation. How does he do this? Ford was not deterred by others’ opinions. An example was his insistence of manufacturing the famous Model T. Many of the advisors insisted that he change the design of the car but Ford was firm in his decision and in the end, the vehicle became a success.

How to stop procrastinating

Start on one task now and once you complete it, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment.

One of the reasons why people procrastinate is because they fear failure or the fear of people’s opinions. What Think and Grow Rich teaches people is that if you can overcome fear – whether it’s rejection or business failure – then you’ll be able to make fast decisions. Here are four strategies to help you stop procrastinating:

Do one thing on your list NOW

Do one thing on your list NOW

Part of your anxiety is that you’re just staring at your to-do list and imagining how challenging it will be to finish everything. Don’t think ahead. Start on one task now and once you complete it, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment. You’ll be motivated to go further down your list and as a result, you’re ticking off all the tasks on your list today.

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Pick a time to work on your list

Pick a time to work on your list

If you’re working on starting your property business, and you still have a 9-5 job, it may be difficult to find the time to work on your property portfolio. This may be the reason why you’re ‘putting it off’. You’re excited to get started but once you get home, all you want to do is eat and sleep.

Napoleon Hill teaches us that you can make your move – no matter how big or small – but just make a move. Pick a time after work and complete one thing off the list. This one task may have a big impact in the long-run.

Avoid perfectionism

Avoid perfectionism

Wealth Alliance co-founder, Sylvia Milosevic, had a difficult start to her first venture into the property market. Milosevic didn’t give up. Instead, she picked herself up and learned from her mistakes.

People avoid risking it all because they fear failure. We’re under the illusion that everything we do needs to be perfect. The truth is, we’re bound to make mistakes – we’re human after all. When we do make mistakes, take it as a lesson and a second chance to start over.

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Imagine freedom

Imagine freedom

The best way to motivate yourself is to imagine the feeling of what it would be like once everything is complete. Maybe you could imagine financial freedom you’ll experience once you’ve executed a business plan. Think about how much free time you’ll have once your to-do list is complete. This will helpfully motivate you to get started.

Don’t procrastinate, the time is now

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