Procrastination and Fighting the Voice in Your Head

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Article by Wendy McCance

I have had a lot of encouraging moments recently.  My blog, Adventures in Real Estate is in our local paper, The Oakland Press online.  I have also had some other writing opportunities come my way in recent weeks.  Here’s the kicker, even though I’m having some very positive moments, I have noticed that I have begun to drag my feet.

You would think that the more positive news I have gotten, the harder I would be pushing myself along.  What I’m finding out is that I have basically stalled out.  Frozen in place like a deer in the headlights.  There is something strange about feeling some success.  Maybe it’s a little foreign to me to push so hard to achieve what my brain feels is the impossible and to actually see progress.  I have been having this little internal fight with myself to deal with the feeling of pressure from an imaginary monster who is breathing down my neck willing me to produce more and better content in a faster pace than what I have done yet so far.

I am in awe of the fact that my own self can turn on me when everything is beginning to fall into place.  I can see the first crack of light shining through with a glimmer of success behind it but it doesn’t seem to matter.  Why does it seem that in your best moments, you become your own worst enemy?  Why is it that when the pieces of success are beginning to connect, you no longer seem impressed by what you have achieved.  Instead you just want to bury your head in the sand or run for the hills?

I have become disgusted with the lack of motivation and the way my mind is trying to bully me into stopping what is becoming a great path.  I have decided to refuse to listen to the voice of doubt and fear and push forward with the goals I have created for myself.  Sure this is all new to me.  I am going through a big turning point in my life where I am fed up with not getting the things I want.  Like a little kid I am stomping my feet, holding my hands over my ears and won’t listen to the voice in my head that enjoys taunting me with words of insecurity.

The only way I know to get through the procrastination is to (like the Nike commercial states) Just Do It!  I’m not sure there is any other way to get past procrastination other than to act on the exact things that you are feeling dread in doing.  By the way, why does a person feel dread in doing something they love when a little fear creeps into your head and you feel a sense of force to produce?  Like a bully, I am staring that monster in the face and letting it know that the things that I am fearing are just plain dumb and serve no good purpose.  For anyone out there who is going through a bout of procrastination, give yourself a minute to think about how stupid the insecurities really are, realize the good that can come from pushing ahead, and then, Just Do It!!

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Wendy McCance

Wendy McCance is a Michigan based freelance writer and social media consultant. Wendy has gained attention as the founder of the popular blog Searching for the Happiness which can be viewed in 9 local papers online, including the Oakland Press. The combination of writing skills and social media knowledge is what makes Wendy such a powerhouse to work with. Stay tuned for opportunities to advertise, guest post and as always, have your questions answered.

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15 thoughts on “Procrastination and Fighting the Voice in Your Head

  1. Pingback: Lethargy, procrastination and preoccupation « Coffee time conversations

  2. Wendy, I really like your blog. I run my own business and so often when things start to get positive and all the work that I’ve done has turned into some success that’s when I get frozen.
    You just have to keep going and grab another cup of coffee (:

    Don I don’t know you, but I’m so sorry to hear about the woman at your church. I hope she and her family are doing better and my prayers are with you.
    Deci Ruiz

  3. Wendy,
    You have won the battle by even writing about the fight. By bringing your procrastination to light, you are fighting it. We all have it and you are beginning to win the battle. Keep fighting!

  4. Wendy, I am assuming you wrote this amazing commentary. Please proudly sign it at the end, if it is yours. There are folks watching our every movement, and listening to our every word, and are waiting to connect with us at all the right times. Because this is your blog-spot gives you no right to neglect signing your work. I’m yelling at you because I know you will receive it from a good heart on my end.
    Just Do It!! Sign the piece already!! Hugs, Don

    Cheers, Don (Greywolf) Ford ?Author of “Death & Taxes” at Amazon and now Amazon Europe ?Native American Storyteller and Editor ?

    • Hi Don,
      Unless I have announced someone else doing a guest post, all work on this blog is mine. It never occurred to me to sign it as well. Thanks so much. I always appreciate your comments and advice. 🙂

      • Wendy,
        Wow, That was a quick fix. SMILES.

        Just when we think life is getting too hard to cut, along comes one with greater need. Our church just sent out a request for prayer at 10:15 am today. A member’s wife flat-lined last night and they brought her back. She is in a comma now. Please add your prayers to ours, Wendy.

        I sent Vern (the husband) a poem that I had written that I hope encourages him. So remember Jan, if you wouldn’t mind.
        Cheers, Don

        A Place of Living Water
        by Don Ford

        Dust to dust and that moment in between called life
        I wish that every life could see what we all see
        Even love, joy, and peace reveal Hope in the middle
        Like a flame to our souls his candle ever burning

        Trust the path He puts you on, let God lead the way
        He’ll never let you down as His promises He keeps
        Even friends and family may not be there for you
        The one upon a cross died that you and I might live

        Time is not a barrier to this King and Ageless One
        He brings eternity to us who yield and bow before Him
        Leading us to Living Springs of water, He says drink
        The more we are like Him, the more our light shines

        No one has a better plan or road map for our lives
        At times we are broken; times when we fall down
        With outstretched arms He comes and picks us up
        Or we can simply run to Him our Great High Tower

        Through the countless ages a call is going forth
        So many voices like a waterfall we are hearing
        The message is so very clear, and it never changes
        So let’s come to these Life Giving Springs and drink

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