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Hi, I am Dr. Maharaja SivaSubramanian N. Blogger, Coach, Consultant, Speaker, Trainer. And also a human being who has had experiences and exposure of my own share of success by working various frameworks (both created by others and designed by me)
And yes, here’s a disclaimer too. This is part of my own experience, education and all the perspectives coming from there. And very much subjective to changes which otherwise I would label as evolution as I evolve. So, take it for that, another perspective and another way of looking at life. If you feel it can be empowering and you are ready to take responsibility for the consequences, then give it a try. And again, absolutely not a substitute for professional help.
So, you know what needs to be done, and yet are not doing it?
One of the things I get to hear from people are that how they know what needs to be done. And yet, there seems to be a knowing-doing gap. Here are some perspectives on where the missing link maybe and what you can do about it.
There are clashing priorities and/or too much things on your plate to be handled.
Yes, you know what needs to be done. However, there is always too much to be done. And you have overflowing priorities which are fighting for your attention, your resources, and monitored execution. Now, if that is the case, how can you be real clear about your priorities in a way that they are arranged in a manageable way?
Things are not scheduled.
Have you scheduled your priorities? What gets scheduled, has a chance to get done. What is not scheduled, has a chance to not get done. As simple as that. Now the real question you have to answer is, how are you planning your time? And how are you scheduling your priorities? And how are you being disciplined to execute on your schedule?
Yes, sometimes it is about taking action. Are you talking more, and doing less? Are you thinking/planning more, and working less? And, somewhere are you hoping more, and doing less? While yes, it is effective to think, plan, discuss, debate, praying, etc to a certain extent; beyond a certain level, it comes down to execution.
You are not being accountable. You tend to simply procrastinate. You are not disciplined to do it by yourself.
Simple. You know what needs to be done. You are clear with the priorities. You schedule your priorities. And, finally you just end up procrastinating. There are various reasons why you may be procrastinating. One probable and simple concept behind is, you need to be pushed to complete the task. Else, you are just happy-go-lucky, complacent person who likes to be in a comfort zone. In which case, it will make a lot more sense to have someone to help you, to hold you accountable, to give you that push and support to complete the task.
You don’t believe in the possibility.
Yes, you don’t believe in the possibility. And this may be about believing in yourself that you can do it, this may be about believing that it will work, and other beliefs you have as in how the future is going to be. What are the possibilities? And if you don’t believe that it is possible for you, by you, by the path you choose to explore, then you are going to definitely slow down. So, what is it going to be for you? Can you work on improving your self-belief? Can you take some calculated risks?
You are chasing the next shiny object.
Yes, you know it, but you are out in the market to find out about what is the next new thing that will help you. You are looking out for the secret sauce. While exploring for new and better solutions is always a welcome, it’s all about how much percentage of your resources as in time, effort, attention, etc, are being allocated for the research and how much are going in for executing on what you already know, and having it in healthy proportions.
You are bored.
Boredom. Yes, it beats a lot of people into not doing what they should be doing. You know, doing the same, mundane, task can be really boring and not providing any creative enthusiasm or variety to excite/motivate/inspire you to get the necessary things done. Now the question is, how are you planning to get things done? Are you ready to look at the importance of the actions to be taken, and make it valuable enough that the boredom quotient is not good enough to stop you? Now, let me be really honest and straight-forward with this point. In most cases, it is the disciplined and persistent repetition and execution of some boring and mundane tasks which are going to lead to some important results.
Are you surrounded people who are not action takers too? Or your environment and setup is not conducive for taking action?
Now, this is one important thing. And that is your environment. It’s about your physical environment, your social environment. The two major things. If your workplace or wherever you have to execute is not encouraging for taking action, then there is a chance that you may not be inspired to take action. And similarly, if you are surrounded by people who are complainers, victim mindset people, chronic complainers, happy-go-lucky people, people who are always in conflict, losers, people with no-drive or ambition, etc or people who just want you to be safe and not travel beyond your comfort zone, then it is going to be a big obstacle.
And, that is where the solution is present too. Get a conducive workplace. And get a constructive group of people around you. Preferably some great action takers whose execution skills will inspire you to be one, one who does.
You settle down for what comes easy.
You work on being within your comfort zone, or just not doing what feels uncomfortable, or can cause discomfort. Understand that a lots of progress and results is going to be beyond your comfort zone. Learn to be comfortable with some discomfort, and yes, new things may not come easy, and over time, may end up becoming easier.
You are not sensing a purpose and meaning behind the action. You don’t have a overall powerful, compelling vision.
This is a strong possibility. Especially when you don’t value the task personally. Yes, it might be an important task, and also something which can produce some great results. However, if it does not seem to be meaningful and purposeful for you, chances are very high that you will not be doing the same.
And similarly, do you have a major compelling vision? A major vision to achieve something that is important and meaningful to you? And how is this task/s that you want to do becoming an important part of that vision? It’s like being part of something important and valuable for you.
So, find your own purpose, your importance, your visions, and start prioritizing and valuing people, things, tasks, etc, in your life.
You are letting your past fail you. And/or selling stories why it won’t happen.
So, you did something in the past. And you failed for some reason. Are you keeping on telling yourself that ‘I tried, I failed’. Or it won’t work for me? And this is one of the things that happen with a lot of people. And that is they let their past failures dictate their future. Or they keep on telling [or selling to themselves and others] as to why something will not work, or why it is not something that can be done, or how they have tried, and all other narratives.
Unless and until, something changes within you [belief systems, emotions, thinking patterns, etc], and something changes without [external action, environment, support group, scheduling, etc], the results are going to be the same. Identify what needs to change, change it, and continue with the execution.
You have a habit.
Yes, you have a habit. An habit of not doing. Just like people have an habit of doing something, people also have an habit of not doing. You have an habit of postponing? How about also looking at it in the way that you do not have an habit of not doing what needs to be done, or what you know needs to be done. And some people are just addicted to the habit of not doing what needs to be done, not doing what is really important, and not doing what will make a huge impact in their life, wealth, relationships, etc.
And, that requires behavior change in most cases like any other habit. So, how do you let go of the habit of not doing, and replace it with habit of doing. First, acknowledge it. Ask, if it is something really important for you to be done. And if yes, then, Second, reduce the storytelling which keeps you procrastinating, and begin focusing more on the solution. Third, start implementing the solution. It may take time for the results to be there, however, the work needs to be done over time, so that you can have the results.
You forgot it.
Now, this is a variation again when you have too many things to do, that you just cannot remember what needs to be done. A simple to-do list or reminder system can take you a long way.
And another way is to have a reminder to alert you every 45 minutes, and to simply ask these questions.
– How are you progressing with your to-do list?
– What work you have accomplished in the last 45 minutes?
– What work you will/have to accomplish in the next 45 minutes?
And yes, it also helps to have an accountability partner, or a coach, who will hold you accountable, and also remind you to get things done.
You are not confident and do not want to take a misstep.
So, this is an area where some people struggle. And that is when they are not really confident about getting the results that they want. And the question one needs to answer is, how can you work on improving your confidence? And another is, how can you not let perfection be a antidote to your success? And another is, how can you get the right systems in place so that all preventable issues can be handled really well, and effectiveness and efficiency is maintained.
You want to avoid failure at all costs.
Yes, there are lots of things you know. However, there are some of the things you are not really sure that they will work. And with your worry of not wanting to have failure, you just stop short of taking action. Again, it’s about how comfortable you are about taking calculated risks, and some small failures along the way.
You lose out by not focusing on the vital few.
There are lots of things that need to be done. And you focus by doing a lots of things, and miss out on the most important ones, or the vital few. You run out of energy, or time, or effort, or motivation,or other resources, etc. Do your 20/80 analysis. Identify the top 20 which make the 80% of results possible. Or better yet, as some super achievers know it, the top 1% of activities, and habits, which make 99% of the results happen.
There are other obstacles.
Yes, chances are there for other obstacles to be there. Especially, psychological where your own self-talk, belief systems, or emotions may play spoilsport. Get professional help there.
There is not enough support/resources available.
Yes, this is very much a possibility for a lot of people who do not have the support and resources needed to achieve their goals by default. And that is where you have to build them. You have to build the necessary support and resources you need, along the way. Make a list of your priorities. Make a list of what support and resources are needed. Then work on a plan on how you can acquire them and progress further. Now, as you do this particular step, you may have less time, or excessive demand of your time, attention, energy, effort, etc. and you may end up having too many things to do. That is where you have to prioritize, and schedule the tasks along the way a lot more.
So, which of the above reasons is applicable for you? And how can you solve the challenge and finish what needs to be done?
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