Saturday, 31 March 2012

It's not a lack of motivation - it's a lack of follow-through....

Well, according to the Harvard Business Review it is anyway!

HBR says that very often when we have a task to complete, it is not a lack of motivation preventing us from getting it done, but simply that our brain are talking us out of it. So you probably know that it IS an important task and you WANT to do it, but you allow yourself to keep telling yourself you have more important thing to do, or you will just put it off another day. But what happens when that day never comes and the week passes and the task is still undone?

HBR recommends that you simply make a decision to do something and then STICK TO IT. Do not let your mind talk yourself out of it.

Sounds simple doesn't it? Sometimes life simply gets in the way and the plans we have made simply have to be changed, but very often I do find that I make a decision to get something done, but somehow don't manage to stick to it. I put it off and start something else, then feel that sense of frustration at the end of the day when I haven't 'followed through' on whatever it was that I said I would. 

As HBR says 'Don't let your mind sabotage your aspirations'. Very good advice, but how easy will it be to follow?

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