Hi Inward Questers!
I am currently working on setting up my own online business(es) related to creativity and the LOA. I find myself getting inspired and excited about this on a daily basis, and I have so many ideas about all of it. I feel like I am at the beginning of a path that will not only transform my career and get me the life I really desire, but will also transform me on a deep and profound level. The past years since I graduated from uni, I have been trying to think of what to do with my life, and now I feel like I have finally found my path, my life's mission even.
But my big problem is that when it actually comes down to doing stuff, I struggle to find the motivation. I work a 9-6 job that I find quite tedious, so this tends to deplete my energy - when I get home in the evenings, I don't feel like doing much.
For Easter break, I have had 4 days off. I had big plans of productivity, thinking I was going to get loads of things done. One problem is that I set myself goals that are way too high, and then feel frustrated and disappointed in myself when I fail to reach them. I do get things done, just at a slower pace than I wish to.
So I've gotten a few things done over the break, but not nearly as much as I had hoped. I am feeling really lazy today as well, and am mentally chastising myself for it. So it's a vicious circle: inactivity leads me to being negative about myself, which makes me feel anxious, which makes me even less inclined to do anything. I guess, from a lifetime of being hard on myself for not doing all the things I should, my mental to-do list puts me in a state of mild anxiety almost immediately, and it gets worse the longer I put things off.
I really like the idea of taking inspired action. These past few months I have tried to be easier on myself, and not stress myself to do things if I don't feel inspired to. This has led to some small success. But, I've still got resistance to "work", and I think this blocks me from feeling inspired to take action too.
I really want to get moving with my online business, but I'm stuck.
Any insights or advice?
asked 01 Apr '13, 11:44
This is a familiar situation that I'm sure many people have come up against. I've been there myself many times :)
I think you'll find that your issues are not about getting stuff done but about getting stuff started.
Once you've managed to overcome the resistance to starting a task, you'll very likely find that the inspiration inherent within you for your goals will come flooding back into you and you may have problems stopping instead :)
But how to overcome that resistance to starting?
The most effective method I know of is incrementally-increasing time bursts.
I've previously outlined the full method in How do I control my mind and concentrate on what I am doing?
Once you've overcome your resistance to starting and have become habitually used to longer time bursts, you can switch over to longer time-burst systems such as The Pomodoro Technique (free) to provide you with sustained periods of focus and concentration.
answered 01 Apr '13, 16:01
I downlaoded this book from Robin Sharmas website for free It's a nice little read!
answered 02 Apr '13, 02:03
I am lazy myself, and I have been fighting it all my life- and I mean all my life! I remember as a kid that I could not clean my room myself- I just couldn't. I used to fight to do my home work- and still have to fight to do the bills (same feeling, I guess...).
I have analyzed this a lot, and I have decided that when I am really engaged in what I am doing, I don't seem to have the problem. One thing I have discovered is that timelines do NOT work!!! A timeline, or plan, just guarantees failure, which compounds my problem.
I have a new project: I am making curtains for the kitchen. I decided to try something i have never tried before. It's called: ABSOLUTELY NO PRESSURE. Since we have a den, and I can leave things out as I please, I decided to just go at it when I feel like it. That is the only criteria: When I feel like it!. So what is happening is that I do a bit only when I feel like it, and I am now to the point of cutting the fabric. The only pressure I feel is the pressure I put on myself! That is a big realization.
All of this stems from being too pressured as a child to achieve. I think the only way I could rebel was to be lazy.
Think about it. Also think about who you really are rebelling against.
answered 01 Apr '13, 13:25
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