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The Power Of Taking Action To Overcome Procrastination

Written By: docmac - Jul• 27•16

The Power Of Taking Action To Overcome Procrastination

Why We Procrastinate

Everyone procrastinates at one time or another. Sometimes this is not a big deal, because the task you are putting off is not important or time-sensitive. There are sometimes, however, when procrastination can cause serious problems in your life. Unfortunately, constantly putting things off can become a habitual ritual that can cause real damage in a number of ways.

You put household chores off until the last minute, and this creates stress and strain on your mental well-being. At work you put off till tomorrow what you should do today, your boss notices, and you miss that big promotion or get fired. You know you should exercise. Instead, you find excuses every day to wait just one more day, promising yourself that, “I will start exercising tomorrow.” Your health suffers, causing physical and mental discomfort and mounting medical bills.

There are a host of reasons why procrastinating can be bad for you.

So why do you do it?

Often times delaying the inevitable happens because you have to accomplish a task or take an action which is undesirable. Other times procrastination is not intentional. It happens because you are distracted by the sights and sounds around you. You may also simply have so much on your to-do list that daily and weekly procrastination is part of your productivity game plan.

Why Procrastination Is Bad for You

You may be asking yourself, “What’s the big deal? So I procrastinate from time to time. Everybody does it, and it’s not like it’s creating any problems in my life.”

Unfortunately, that is the sneaky side of procrastination and its effects on the human brain. No one likes to think poorly of himself. So when you procrastinate, you justify your reasoning mentally. You convince yourself that what you put off until tomorrow is justifiable, and your brain backs up that belief to keep from creating stress.

Your procrastination continues, tasks and responsibilities pile up, and eventually you have such a mess on your hands that you cannot deal with it mentally or physically. Your relationships, your health, your mental well-being and your finances can be ruined by the procrastination – justification – procrastination cycle which feeds on itself until you have caused some serious damage in some areas of your life.

This special report is designed to reduce, or totally eliminate, procrastination in your life. You will learn that distractions are often the biggest cause of putting things off. You’ll also discover ways to eliminate distractions, including websites, applications and software that do all the work for you.

You will learn how to create a plan of action that works for your specific situation and schedule to stop procrastination on a daily basis. You will discover how to motivate yourself to accomplish any task, and how to hold yourself accountable to others. Finally, you will learn how to decipher what your procrastination is trying to tell you – the real message you should be seeing. This empowering, stress-free, productivity-boosting lesson begins by learning to eliminate outside influences that distract you from your intended task.

Eliminating Distractions

Distractions come in many forms. You keep getting text message alerts on your phone. A notification pop-up appears on your computer screen every time you get a new email. You are trying to finish writing a report, but your workstation is right beside a huge picture window affording you a gorgeous view of the ocean. These are just a few common examples of distractions you may have experienced.

All distractions grab your attention in 1 of 6 ways.

They appeal to or aggravate 1 of your 5 senses:

1.) your ability to hear,

2.) smell,

3.) taste,

4.) touch and

5.) see some influence which has nothing to do with your current task.

6.) The 6th distraction occurs mentally. You have some thought, emotion or other mental influence that is so dominant it keeps popping up in your mind, causing unneeded distractions-get it out of your head.

In many cases, the solution is simple.

Turn off notifications and alerts on your smartphone and computers.

Move your workstation so you are not visually distracted by mother nature. Let your friends and family members know not to call or stop by in the middle of the day unless they have a very good reason.

These are simple fixes which can get you back on track and on task, boosting your productivity.

One easy way to eliminate distractions which cause procrastination is through the use of smart technology.

Apps and Websites That Reduce Distractions

Sometimes a little soothing background noise provides the perfect ambience that helps you “get in the zone” and crank up your productivity.

Relatively recent research shows that white noise, relaxing soundscapes and other personally preferred sounds can help you focus more than an absolutely silent environment.

If this appeals to you, give the following apps and websites a try:

  • WhiteNoise
  • Naturespace
  • Chroma Doze
  • MyNoise.net
  • Ambience
  • Coffitivity
  • Noisli
  • White Noise Box

* Many of these apps are perfect for helping you get to sleep at night as well. This can greatly increase your ability to focus throughout the day, which can help you get more done, thereby reducing the number of things you put off until later.

Your smartphone and computer are 2 major sources of distraction. Sometimes though, what you are trying to get accomplished requires the use of one of those popular consumer-electronics items.

If this is the case, use the following desktop and mobile phone apps to help you eliminate productivity-crushing distractions:

  • Block Site
  • StayFocused
  • Byword
  • Strict Workflow
  • ColdTurkey
  • WriteMonkey
  • RescueTime
  • Focus
  • SelfControl
  • Freedom

As mentioned earlier, you can also manually turn off audio and video notifications and alerts on your computers, smartphones and other consumer electronics.

Creating A Stress-Free Environment

Sometimes procrastination can simply be a result of stress or overwhelm in your environment. So this is a good place to begin if you want to get more productive again!

How Clutter Causes Procrastination

Clutter is a major source of distraction.

Whether you know it or not, everything in your field of view is causing your brain to focus on it.

The human brain prefers to handle one task at a time, but it attempts to deal with any and everything your eyes see. So no matter what task you’re performing, the mental resources dedicated to that activity are weakened.

This kills your productivity, backs up your to-do list, and can lead to inevitable procrastination.

Researchers held a study at the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute. test subjects of both sexes, different ages and demographic backgrounds all experienced the same clutter-causing results.

Without getting into the scientific jargon, what basically happens is this:

“When your environment is cluttered, the chaos restricts your ability to focus. The clutter also limits your brain’s ability to process information. Clutter makes you distracted and unable to process information as well as you do in an uncluttered, organized, and serene environment.”

The lesson here is simple – clean up your workstation. Clean your home on a regular basis. Remove all clutter, and anything that is in your field of view that could distract you mentally when you are trying to perform a particular task.

Simply removing a few desktop items at your workplace can help your brain focus on the task at hand, effectively enhancing your productivity so you don’t wind up putting things off to finish them at a later date.

Aromatherapy for Less Procrastination?

When your mind is in the right place, you procrastinate less and get more done. Research shows that certain scents and smells can calm your mind and help you focus better than others.

Aromatherapy has been used for thousands of years for clarity and mental focus. Aromatherapy starter kits and essential oil diffusers can be purchased online inexpensively at websites like Amazon.

When choosing an aroma to crush procrastination and increase productivity, try the following scents.

  • Lemon
  • Rosemary
  • Juniper Berry
  • Lavender
  • Basil
  • Peppermint
  • Cinnamon
  • Jasmine
  • Sage

 

Making A Plan of Action

All the knowledge in the world is useless unless you take action. Once you know that you need to stop procrastinating, then it’s time to get to work doing exactly that. How do you draw up the perfect action plan for stopping procrastination dead in its tracks?

Unfortunately, everyone is different, and different methods work for different people. Evidently, whatever you’re doing already clearly isn’t working for you, so it’s time to try something different.

A smart plan of action to help you stop putting things off centers around deciding what you should be doing at any given time. So here are a few things to try…

What to Focus on First

First you have to figure out what you should be doing now, and what can wait till later.

Begin by making a list.

Your list should include 3 sections:

  • What needs to be done today
  • What needs to be done this week
  • What needs to be done this month

Painting the doghouse is something that probably does not need to be done right away. Doing laundry is probably more important, especially if you are running out of things to wear. The idea is to sort the tasks you have into “do it now” or “do it later” categories.

Remember, be honest here. Don’t schedule something today simply because you “want” to do it. Tasks that need to be immediately accomplished have to take priority over other responsibilities, even if you don’t look forward to doing them.

Take a look at your “today” list. Some items on this list will only take a few minutes to accomplish, while others may take hours. If it is early in the morning and cooking dinner for the family is on this list, along with doing the laundry, wash the clothes first. There is still plenty of time to make dinner later. Prioritize this list, and take action.

* Huge tasks and responsibilities can appear daunting. However, many times they can be broken down into smaller, bite-sized pieces. Then you can place those smaller pieces where they belong on your list, slowly but steadily tackling them until your overall task is complete.

Having your list of things you most need to get done – and in the order you need to do them – will make it much easier to just jump in and get started with your day. You won’t be waiting around, overwhelmed, wondering what to do. You’ll simply know what needs to be done and can get on with it!

The Power of the 2 Minute Rule

This next little procrastination-beating trick is extremely powerful. It may not seem like it applies to bigger, more important and detailed activities and responsibilities. However, you can actually accomplish just about anything using the 2 minute rule.

The 2 parts of this productivity boosting tip are …

1 – If it can be accomplished in less than 2 minutes, do it right now.

2 – It takes longer than 2 minutes to accomplish, start it for 2 minutes.

The first part of this rule is simple, and probably obvious. Whatever you have to do which requires less than 2 minutes, do it. The real power of this amazing action-taking step comes with the 2nd part of the rule.

Perhaps you have been procrastinating starting a walking or running program. Do this. Schedule a 2 minute walk or run on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday of every week, or whatever fits into your schedule. At the appointed time, lace up your shoes and go for a 2 minute walk or run.

If that sounds silly, remember one of Isaac Newton’s famous laws of motion – an object at rest tends to stay at rest, and an object in motion tends to stay in motion. You will find yourself walking or running for much more than 2 minutes. However, the 2 minute rule is what got you started, and now you have not procrastinated exercising any longer.

Whether you want to write a book, eat healthier or call a loved one, the 2 minute rule can get you taking action instead of procrastinating.

Make Yourself Accountable to Others

Accountability is the enemy of procrastination. When you hold yourself accountable to yourself and others, putting things off is simply not an option.

Here’s one way of doing it…

Remind yourself of the people that are important to you. These include people you are emotionally attached to, like family and friends. It also includes bosses and coworkers that you have responsibilities for.

Write down their names. Seriously, write down the names of people you need to be accountable to for any reason.

Refer to this list when you make your procrastination-beating game plan. Look at it every time you create a to-do list. This helps you prioritize your tasks, while also ensuring you develop and maintain strong relationships with the people in your life you need to stay accountable to.

Setting Public Goals and Promises

For some tasks, you can even go a step further. For example, if you run a business then you can set public goals that your customers or employees are aware of. If you have fixed deadlines in the calendar, and other people are relying on you to get certain work done by that date, then you’re far more likely to actually achieve them!

The same goes for doing things for other people in your personal life. If there’s the possibility of letting anyone down, you will probably work harder to avoid that happening!

Learn to Motivate Yourself

Have you ever accomplished some Herculean task in record time? Have you ever looked forward to some responsibility or activity with such enthusiasm that it immediately moved to the front of your to-do list? This is because you were motivated in some way to complete that specific action, or achieve the results that its performance delivered.

This is simple motivation at work.

You eat fluids and drink foods every day because of a powerful instinctual motivation to survive. Unfortunately, not everything you do in life is going to be accompanied by such a strong motivation. That’s why you have to learn to motivate yourself.

Reward Yourself

Develop a reward system whereby you will reward yourself when you accomplish a certain number of tasks. This can be a physical or financial reward, a dinner with your favorite food or a night out with friends. Make sure you don’t “fudge the numbers” to reach your award. In other words, you don’t receive your award until you have accomplished the tasks you have set up to finish.

Remember Your “Big Why”

Another powerful motivational tool is to remember your “big why” attached to the job at hand.

What is the big reason why you are performing a particular task? Work responsibilities may be tied to a big promotion or raise. Prioritizing time to spend with loved ones may be important to you because of the wonderful emotions those encounters deliver.

Reminding yourself why you need to take a particular action may be all the motivation you need to stop procrastinating.

Set Time Limits

Some people are motivated more when they set tight deadlines, so don’t be afraid to do this with yourself. True, self-imposed deadlines aren’t quite as motivating as deadlines that come from external sources, but they can still make a difference!

Parkinson’s Law states: “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”. In other words, if you have all day to complete a task, you’ll be far less motivated to do it, it’ll take longer and you’ll probably spend a lot of time procrastinating! Give yourself less time and the same work will take less time.

Never Forget How Far You’ve Come

Lastly, if you’re working towards a bigger goal that seems to be taking a long time to happen, never forget how far you’ve come. If you’re growing a business, regularly take stock of your metrics (like revenue, customers, social media followers etc.) and look back on this when you’re feeling less motivated. It’ll help to show you what’s possible! Is

Your Procrastination Trying to Tell You Something?

Even the most efficient and productive individual will wind up procrastinating eventually. You shouldn’t beat yourself up if this happens from time to time.

Human beings are busier than we ever have been since the beginning of human history. This means you have a lot to do, and things don’t always go according to plan, so you will have to put off until tomorrow something you had planned on doing today.

The problem occurs when this becomes a regular habit.

Take a moment to collect your thoughts (in a clutter-free, calm environment). Do your friends and coworkers frequently comment on your inability to get things done on time, or show up on time? Can you look back on years of constant procrastination?

When you first look at your daily or weekly to-do list, do you begin looking for opportunities to procrastinate? If you answered yes to any of those questions, your procrastination could be trying to tell you something with a much deeper meaning.

Continual, repetitive, regular procrastination is not healthy. It can lead to mental and physical stress, ruined relationships, destroy you financially and impact you negatively in a number of other harmful ways. So if you can honestly admit to frequent procrastination, you need to take action immediately.

What do you do? The answer lies in the hidden message your continual procrastination is sending to your brain.

What Your Procrastination Really Means

Our actions are often not as transparent as they seem. This is because everything you do is driven by emotions, psychology or instinct. If you touch a hot stove, you don’t have to think about removing your hand. It happens automatically. Your brain understands that the longer you touch that hot surface, more pain and physical damage will be generated.

You snatch your hand away from the painful heat without a thought.

Sometimes though, the things you do are emotionally and psychologically motivated. Something deep down inside you leads to consistent procrastination because of something you feel or think, consciously or unconsciously. Someone who suffers from low self-esteem may put off asking for a better job or a pay raise for years.

They have developed, rightly or not, the idea that they are only worth so much financially. This could arise from some deep-seated emotional or psychological issue. Something has caused that person to feel they are not worthy of being happy and earning a good living. So they unconsciously procrastinate in their job duties, never ask for the pay they deserve, and end up struggling financially.

This causes that person constant stress and anxiety over being able to pay the bills and make a living. This is the result they have been looking for unconsciously, which justifies their feelings of low self-worth and inability. Procrastination at work becomes a character trait, creating a vicious cycle of low self-esteem, poor work habits and mental justification that they are getting what they deserve.

This is just one extreme example of what your procrastination is really trying to tell you.

Look at the things which cause you to put off important tasks, duties, events and responsibilities. Usually you can find a common thread among your delaying habits. Do you find it hard to put down your phone in a public setting while hanging out with your friends? Maybe you don’t value your friends the way you should, or you subconsciously wish you had a new set of friends.

Have you put off asking your partner to marry you for years? You keep telling yourself that your finances aren’t right, you want the wedding to be perfect, or there are some other exterior factors delaying the marriage. Perhaps the real reason behind your continued procrastination is fear of commitment.If you constantly put off getting your work done on time, you may tell yourself it’s because you are extremely busy. Look a little deeper. Be honest with yourself. It could be that you don’t enjoy your job, your talents are ill-suited for the work that you do, or you long to be doing something else.

Whether you do or don’t perform any type of action, you have made a decision.

Often times that decision does not have a transparent motive. Think about the real reasons for your procrastinating behavior, and your seemingly meaningless delaying tactics could reveal an amazing opportunity for some incredible personal growth.

5 Ways to Take Care of Yourself During Stressful Times

Written By: docmac - Jul• 14•16

5 Ways to Take Care of Yourself During Stressful Times

Stress is a killer. It can lead to inflammation throughout your body, triggering the onset of a number of less than dire desirable health conditions. It also attacks your emotions and mind, which can lead to neurological disorders, emotional eating, detachment from friends and family, anxiety and depression.

Unfortunately, stress happens to everyone. That means you need to know how to deal with stress effectively. Consider the following 5 practices the next time a stressful situation arises, and stress will have a minimal negative impact in your life.

1 – Meditate

Effective meditation has been proven for centuries to reduce stress and anxiety. There are plenty of free and paid meditation resources online to help you get started. Remember that you don’t have to be in a particular physical environment or area to meditate. Your time investment can be minimal as well. Close your eyes, calm your mind, focus on your breathing and in just a few minutes you can feel the stress slipping away.

2 – Change Your Environment

If it is possible to leave your stressful situation, do so. Take a walk. Get outside in the sun. Take off your shoes and walk through a grassy field. Read a few pages of a book or watch a funny cat video. Sometimes your environment is causing your stress, and even just 5 or 10 minutes away can help your situation.

3 – Treat Your Body Right

Sometimes your stressful situation is your body’s way of telling you that you are unhealthy. This means eating right, less fast food and processed food items, and more fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts and berries. Get some exercise as well, at least 3 to 5 days a week. Make sure you’re getting plenty of rest, and drinking lots of water.

4 – Create a Stress-Free Zone at Home and Work

As mentioned above, your environment can sometimes dictate your mood. Create a nurturing place at home, and at work if possible. Keep it simple, with as few objects and possessions as possible. Add pictures and music that soothe you and make you happy. This is a place where you can mentally reset your emotions, minimizing the impact of stress.

5 – Look at Things Objectively

Your stress is not always as full-blown as you think you is. Human beings sometimes have a tendency to over-exaggerate a situation. Look at your circumstances as if you were a nonjudgmental outsider. This allows you to identify the real cause of stress, and then you can act accordingly.

Start Small to Take Away the Power of Self Doubt

Written By: docmac - Jul• 14•16

Start Small to Take Away the Power of Self Doubt

Beginning an Internet marketing business with a product launch that’s much less expensive than some of your successful colleagues (who love to post their earnings from one launch that would pay your bills for months) can help alleviate some of your self doubt.

Starting on a small scale – perhaps a $7 product instead of a $97 one – can mean less work to get it off and running and a launch that can teach you a thing or two. The feedback and knowledge you get from beginning with a small launch is invaluable to help you move up to higher ticket items.

You’ll likely build your list with each small launch, too – meaning that when you do get to the big ticket launches, you’ll have more marketers who will buy from you. With each small launch, your self-confidence will build and self doubt will begin to wane.

Even the small launches may fail, but that’s a good thing, too – when you use the knowledge you gained to set your focus on something else or to use another strategy because the current one isn’t working.

You won’t have lost much time and energy if you discover these truths from a small launch. Self doubt is often made up from failures of the past, but your small successes can provide positive thoughts about the positive outcomes you’ve realized.

The positive feedback you receive from small successes may serve to set you up for huge success. There’s always something new to learn in Internet marketing. Beginning your business or venturing out in a different direction in small increments helps you sharpen your skills and become more confident in future business situations.

You’ll soon discover if something works – or not – and can quickly tweak or discard it at your discretion. Little will be lost if you haven’t invested a great deal in something you lack knowledge about.

Correcting your course along the way is the same thing pilots do when they’re approaching a bit of unexpected bad weather before reaching their destination. Look at the charts again, learn from the experience you’ve gathered during the small ventures and correct your course so that you’re firmly on a safe and steady path again.

Learn from other marketers. Follow the business path of others to possibly discover more ways you can promote yourself and become successful with your own enterprise. It’s sometimes easy to get lost in your own little world of strategizing and promoting, but you may become stagnant if you don’t allot some time for learning from others.

Trust your instinct and values when making decisions about your business. There are many shady marketers out there who might turn your head with promises of fast money, but if you stay true to your own values, self-confidence will become the antidote to any self doubt you may have.

5 Way that a Hectic Lifestyle Damages Your Health

Written By: docmac - Jul• 14•16

5 Ways A Hectic Lifestyle Damages Your Health

The fast-paced hectic lifestyles that many people have come to adopt as the norm is not all it’s cracked up to be. While many focus on doing more and more, they often forget the whole point of success, which is to be able to do less and less and still maintain a good lifestyle.

What´s the point of planting seeds if you have to sell the farm to do so?

Yet that is all too often what happens. When it comes to health, there is a dark side to constantly pushing yourself to produce more and more.

One of the greatest deprecations to health due to a hectic lifestyle comes in the form of negligence.

Typically when a person gets so busy with all the “most important” things in life they often forget to make time for the activities that might not be so urgent but that still have a huge impact on quality of life. One of those important activities is exercise.

Exercise

The percentage of overweight and sedentary individuals has been on the constant rise for many years, in no small part thanks to a busy, work-packed life. Exercise is one of the largest factors in maintaining good health throughout the years and anything that threatens to remove that piece of the puzzle puts the rest of the game in jeopardy.

Even if someone stays strong and manages to make room in their life for exercise, there are usually other factors of maintenance that are neglected.

Nutrition

When life gets to be too much to handle, good nutrition tends to be the first thing to go. Many people are too busy to sleep or breathe, let alone sit down and prepare a decent home-cooked meal. Fast food and TV dinners three times a day quickly become the substitute, and it goes without saying just how hard it can be to get consistently healthy fare on a fast food diet.

Mental and emotional health too suffers when there isn’t enough room on the plate for self-care. When asked what hobbies and activities they do for fun, many professionals will shrug their shoulders and say “none.”

While this might not appear destructive on the surface, it can actually have severe consequences to mental and emotional stability. Relaxation and fun are just as important to good health as vitamins and sleep are.

Hobbies And Recreation

Numerous studies have demonstrated the therapeutic and regenerative effect that hobbies and recreation can have on both physical and mental health. Many people who suffer from anger management issues, anxiety, and other emotional disturbances could probably trace the cause back to a drought of fun and relaxation. Whether you’re a neurosurgeon or a garbage man, everybody needs to take a little bit of time to unwind and enjoy themselves.

A lack of fun and relaxation leads to the fourth detriment to health caused by an overly chaotic life, and that is chronic stress.

There are countless studies that expound the plethora of negative health consequences that stress produces, from heart attacks to weight problems and from depression to temporary personality disorders.

There seems to be no aspect of life that is free from the necrotic touch of chronic stress. Many marriages have ended because of financial reasons, quite possibly due to the constant stress fostered by deep financial issues. It is very difficult to maintain the passion of love alive when stress consumes every waking thought.

Means Without An End

The fifth and final detriment to health caused by a hectic lifestyle is that it can quite possibly change the course of your entire life. It is not uncommon to hear of cases where an individual began working towards a career goal with the idea of using that career to achieve some long sought-after dream. After years of life-draining work however, the dream is forgotten and replaced by the career itself.

It isn’t that the individual gave up on achieving the dream, but rather that after focusing their entire mind, life, and soul around the means to the end, the means eventually became an end in itself, crowding out the original dream entirely.

It is natural consequence that when a person obsesses and stresses over something for long enough, that thought or idea begins to absorb the entire mind, becoming the central focus of life.

The effect is basically that one trains her mind so much to think about the means, the career, the finances or whatever, that eventually that idea becomes the only thing that the mind is capable of comprehending, and maybe even the only thing that the mind capable of desiring.

Where once a healthy zest for life once dwelled, there now resides a trojan horse of empty time trials and productivity goals, with no real end point in sight.

This is the ultimate trap of the hectic lifestyle, where one gets so used to living in a constant rush of cortisol and adrenaline that he forgets how to enjoy the company of his friends and family, or loses interest in the hobbies and dreams that once gave her hope and longing for the future. Instead of enjoying life, one merely tries to beat it.

Existence becomes a meaningless chain of milestones that lead nowhere.

For that reason alone it is imperative to take some time to stop, disconnect, sniff the roses, and maybe even the moldy bananas beside the sink, just for the sake of remembering that life still exists outside the workplace, because if life wasn’t made up of the little moments of love, joy, laughter, and struggle, then what would be left?

Having goals and milestones is great, as long as they don’t make you lose sight of the fulfillment you hoped to gain from them.

In like manner, having a crazy week or two here and there is just fine, as long as it doesn’t become the norm.

Is Your Self Doubt Due to Previous Failures?

Written By: docmac - Jul• 14•16

Is Your Self Doubt Due to Previous Failures?

How many times do you think Thomas Edison failed in his attempt to bring light into our lives by inventing the lightbulb?

Likely, he failed more times than we can count.

Imagine how he felt when he worked so hard (during daylight hours or by candlelight) to find something that worked, came so close each time – and then failed with each attempt.

Then, finally it happened.

One path Edison took led to the invention of the lightbulb and all other attempts were forgotten. We’ve been bathed in iridescence ever since.

Edison and other successful entrepreneurs have all suffered from self doubt, but trudged on through the lack of confidence to make their dream a reality.

Think about the times in the past (even as a child) that you’ve persevered through disabling doubts that you could do something, only to find out that it wasn’t within your grasp even though you gave it your all.

Either you shrugged and went on to something else or withered away in self-pity that prevented you from possible future successes. Virtually every successful person in the world has failed many times before.

It’s doubtful those failures are even remembered because the success is so bright that they aren’t visible. Online entrepreneurs are highly susceptible to self doubt. There’s so much to learn and so many ways to go about each venture that it may seem overwhelming – especially to newbies.

Rather than wasting time stewing over each failure and making yourself miserable, make a firm decision to move on – and then do it. Begin on the new project immediately by setting short and long-term goals and really dig deep into how you’re going to ensure it’s a big success.

Each success will spur you on to the next project – and the next, until you have some firm accomplishments under your belt. Next time a failure happens, you can focus on the successes you’ve had to break the cycle of self doubt and begin again.

Before you begin a project or new venture, think about all of the possible scenarios that can happen. Make sure you include the worst-case scenarios along with the rewards that will happen when you succeed.

After you face your fears of “what if,” you can use those fears as challenges. Looking at fears as challenges rather than obstacles can only help boost your self confidence and help you begin to see success in your future rather than failure.

Trying to Predict Success Sets You Up for Failure

Written By: docmac - Jul• 14•16

Trying to Predict Success Sets You Up for Failure

Some of us tend to doubt ourselves right out of future success with “what if” predictions we make. It could be named the “what if” syndrome. It’s when you’re mired in self doubt so much that you begin to imagine and predict obstacles and outcomes that aren’t even there.

The “what if” syndrome is especially prevalent after you’ve hatched up a brilliant idea for an online project that’s going to make you lots of money and help your fellow entrepreneurs.

You’re sure everyone will love it and want it. Then, self doubt sets in and you begin to think of all of the reasons why it won’t succeed. You walk on the shadowy side of your ability to make things happen and talk yourself down or out of even trying.

You were so excited about the idea at first and it fired up your creativity to a point where you could hardly wait to begin. That lull – somewhere between the excitement of the idea and taking action to make it happen – is where self doubt takes root.

You may begin to think of past failures and how they made you feel or become highly sensitive to the fact that you’ve never endeavored something like this before. If you keep thinking about past failures or what “might” happen, you may come to a point in the project where a big wall is placed in your path.

Since your self doubt has already been growing in your thoughts, the wall may seem insurmountable and you simply give up. Just another failure to think about next time you have an idea.

Or – you can take another route – one that doesn’t ensure success, but that at least gives you a chance. Rather than giving in to self doubt, trust yourself and try it again. You’ve likely practiced this scenario many times before in your life.

Some attempts may have failed, but you’ve probably succeeded many more times. Bring a new attitude into the mix and think positively rather than giving in to the hauntings of past failures. Also, bring in positive people to surround you who encourage, rather than discourage you.

Don’t compare yourself to others whose successes may be greater or more profitable than yours. You may even learn from their stories of success. They’re bound to have had failures along the way – and overcame them rather than feeling defeated.

When you find yourself become mired in self doubt about your future success, mute the negative voices by focusing on the positive and living in the present moment rather than projecting yourself into a future of unknowns.

Self Doubt Versus Self Esteem

Written By: docmac - Jul• 14•16

Self Doubt Versus Self Esteem

You may know for sure that you have the knowledge and experience to succeed, but there still may be nagging doubts that you can’t or won’t succeed online. These doubts can be confused with low self esteem, but they’re very different in how they factor in to results.

When you have high self esteem, you feel good about yourself. You may be physically fit, very intelligent or are known for being a hard worker who gets the job done. Self doubt may creep in when you’re faced with something new or different such as an online marketing business.

Even those who have been in the business long enough to have gathered a reputation of success can have doubts about their abilities to bring their businesses to the next level of success.

There’s always something new to learn and you have to be ready and willing to put the time and effort behind your ideas. Self esteem comes from positive self-talk that brands you as a person you can believe in to achieve the outcome you want.

Self doubt can crush all of that by focusing on past failures, comparing yourself to other marketers and giving in to fear. One way to fight self doubt and let your self esteem take over is to take action.

That’s the only way you’ll ever gain the experience you need to reach the business goals you’ve set for yourself. You’ll gain confidence as you progress through the smaller goals to reach the larger ones and this will boost your self esteem and push the self doubt into the background.

Self esteem is knowing your capabilities and self doubt only sets up obstacles for you to overcome to reach your goals. A little bit of both (self doubt and self esteem) is natural and can be good for you if viewed in the right way.

Your self esteem can push aside self doubt when it threatens to paralyze you and ruin your plans for the future. After all, you’ve succeeded with many things in the past and can do it again.

Reach back into your mind and remember the successes you’ve had in the past. If you’re new to Internet marketing, you may have to remember successes in other areas of your life, but as you overcome the self doubts associated with marketing, you’ll be able to feel good about yourself in that area, too.

Your self esteem will carry you far in life. The self doubt you may feel when starting a new business can be put to rest by taking action and gaining valuable experience that silences any questions about what you’re capable of.

Give Yourself Credit for Your Accomplishments

Written By: docmac - Jul• 14•16

Do You Give Yourself Credit for Your Accomplishments

Being humble has always been a hallmark for kindness and esteem. But you can be humble while still giving yourself credit for your accomplishments. When you’re proud about what you’ve done, the building blocks of self esteem become tighter and tighter and eventually, you learn to trust yourself and your decisions.

As an online entrepreneur, patting yourself on the back is a required trait. Every success that’s passed on to others will make them sit up and notice you – and respect you for your hard work.

If you can’t toot your own horn, it’s going to be difficult for others to know what you’ve accomplished – especially in an online environment. And don’t simply give yourself credit for professional achievements – personal achievements are important, too.

You may have lost weight over a period of time or achieved another personal goal that you’re proud of. Those are triumphs that are brag-worthy. While you don’t have to talk about yourself and your achievements until people are bored, it’s okay to use it as a way to motivate others – and yourself.

Rewards are an important part of building self esteem and collecting the building blocks necessary for success. When you do achieve a long-sought after goal, reward yourself with something you can look forward to on your journey.

Even a day off spent with family or getting something for yourself that you’ve always wanted can be perfect. When you reward yourself, you’re reinforcing your self esteem building and making it easier to move on to the next project.

Online entrepreneurs seem to have a problem with defining themselves as worthy and successful. Instead, they think about failures rather than successes and avoid telling their fellow marketers and lists that they’re proud of what they’ve done.

When you praise yourself and what you’ve accomplished to other online marketers and customers, they’re likely to begin conversations and want to know how you did it – and be genuinely proud of your triumph.

Giving yourself credit for accomplishments can open a whole new world of feeling good about yourself. And when you feel good about yourself, the world becomes your oyster and you can make your dreams and goals come true because you aren’t telling yourself that you can’t.

Gandhi once admonished people to, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” When you change for the better or have little or big successes that you’re proud of, let the world know. You could become an inspiration for others!

Calming Your Mind With Breathing Exercises

Written By: docmac - Jul• 14•16

Calming Your Mind With Breathing Exercises

There is probably no one out there that has not experienced the effects that stress can have on the mind.

Racing thoughts, trouble focusing, inability to get task done and the list goes on.

You have most likely received unsolicited advise on how to calm your mind by taking deep breaths to calm your mind and body.

Others may have suggested you pop this pill or that pill to help you deal with your mood.

Your doctor and other well meaning people may recommend you try controlled breathing exercises as an initial way of calming the mind.

That is because it works.

Controlled breathing exercises and how they will benefit you when under stress is what we want to discuss.

In fact, there is a scientific reason that breathing exercises work to calm down the mind and the body.

The primary purpose of breathing is the absorption of oxygen and to expel carbon dioxide.

When stressed, a person tends to take small, shallow breaths, using their shoulders instead of their diaphragm to get air in and out of their lungs. This breathing style causes disruption to the balance of gasses in the body. This can lead to shallow over-breathing or hyperventilation.

When your body begins to feel the effects of being stressed out, your adrenal glands release something called cortisol. Cortisol is more commonly known as the stress hormone, and when your cortisol levels are elevated, there are many negative side effects.

Some of the effects of having increased levels of cortisol include lower immune function, disruptions in both the memory and the learning functions, an increase in blood pressure and an increased risk for depression and other mental illnesses.

Of course, all of these things don’t just happen because you experience occasional stress, but rather if you are dealing with stress on a regular basis and not doing anything to help reduce the levels of stress your body feels.

Another side effect of the increase in cortisol levels is that your body shifts into the sympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic nervous system is responsible for mediating the hormonal stress response better known as the fight or flight response.

This means that when the sympathetic nervous system takes over, it has the following effects on your organs:

Eyes: Dilates the pupils
Heart: Increases the rate and force of the heart contractions
Lungs: Dilates the bronchioles and circulates adrenaline
Sweat Glands: Activates secretion of sweat

What Happens When You Do Breathing Exercises?

When you do breathing exercises, you are breathing in a slow, gentle, and even way. When you are breathing this way, the effects of the sympathetic nervous system are minimized as the parasympathetic nervous takes over.

The parasympathetic nervous system works alongside the sympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems are often considered opposites of one another.

However, this relationship is not antagonistic. Instead, the relationship is complementary.

Often referred to like the rest and digest system, the parasympathetic nervous system conserves energy as it reduces the levels of cortisol in the body. The reduction in cortisol leads to a slowing of the heart rate, which in turn also lowers blood pressure and increases feelings of relaxation.

Some of the other benefits to controlled breathing include:
– A reduction in the lactic acid buildup in muscle tissues.
– Levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood.
– Improved function of the immune system.
– Feelings of calm and well-being are increased.

When we are focused on our breathing, our mind automatically becomes calmer. Since the rest of our body is being told to relax, our mind is no longer focused on all of the things that are going on in our body.

Another advantage to focused breathing is that our mind needs to focus on the act of taking slow, even, and measured breaths. This shift in focus allows our mind to clear. A clear mind allows us to approach problems with a clear mind without having stress cloud our judgment.