25 Oct

The Yin & Yang of Procrastination – Why procrastination is not always bad…

Many years ago during my coach training I remember a critical moment when I realised that procrastination isn’t simply a negative thing… it can be positive too.

One of my learning leaders made a comment that has stuck with me ever since. It put a positive spin on procrastination, which I had previously thought of as an entirely negative ting.  He said…

‘procrastination is just your subconscious telling you that you haven’t got enough information yet to make the decision…’

This simple comment changed my life.  I realised in that moment that I wasn’t lazy or dim in my procrastination (which had been my underling belief until then)…  I was simply being true to myself.  I didn’t have all the pieces of the puzzle in place, so I wouldn’t decide to move.

It is often hard to know the ‘right’ thing to do, but as I have experimented with this in the ensuing years I have begun to really trust my instincts and listen to my intuition a great deal more.  I find that when I am ‘striving’ to make the ‘right’ decision it can be very difficult, but when I trust, relax, be patient, mindful and let my subconscious deal with it I can stop procrastinating and move forward.  The pieces can fall into place… they may not yet, and that is fine too.

What do you need to let go of to move forward?

Maybe nothing, maybe the only thing you need to do is not judge yourself for not being ready yet.

Let the pieces fall into place when they are ready…