10 Ways to Conquer Procrastination – Step 5 Make Your “Why” Bigger

by Kim Starry on April 23, 2012

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In an earlier blog post, I asked you to take a look at your goals to see if they were big enough or too big, if they were yours or someone else’s, and if they were really your burning desires. All those are important, but even more important is your “Why” behind your goals.

Why do you want to lose 50 lbs.?

Why do you want to get your counseling degree?

Why do you want to declutter your house, start your own business, quit smoking, find a new job?

The deal is, if your “Why” is big enough, the goal doesn’t really matter. The obstacles don’t matter. You’re going to barrel through and get it done. By the same token, if your “Why” is lukewarm, you’re going to be missing a key part of your motivation for success. 

Who’s going to be more likely to start their own successful business: The single mom who has two kids to feed and no safety net to fall back on, or the independently wealthy trust-fund baby? I’d bet on the mom every time, and here’s why: She is going to fight tooth and nail to keep those kids fed and clothed and safe. The trust-fund baby doesn’t have his or her back against the wall – at least not for financial reasons. 

You may not be facing the same survival-level motivation, but other “Why’s” can work, too. Here are some that I’ve seen drive people on to incredible feats. Imagine what goals go with these “Why’s:”

To prove to my father I’m not a loser.

To make my ex regret leaving me.

To keep my kids in private school.

So I’m not embarrassed on our vacation. 

So I’ll live longer.

To make my family proud. 

To keep my kids out of day care. 

To pay for the college of my choice.

To keep my mom in her nursing home. 

To impress people.

Whether you’re trying to save money or lose weight or start a new business, if you want it bad enough at an emotional level, you’ll do what it takes. So spend some time digging into your own “Why.” Go beyond the obvious, and ask yourself again and again why this goal matters, not just in and of itself, but for your life. You might be surprised at the answer – and it might be just what you need to get you moving. 

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Chris Spoerl April 25, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Very good article.  I tend to procrastinate a lot, that's why I write down everything then scratch it off as I get it done.

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