Low Self-Esteem & Procrastination
The Perfect Partners
By Marlene Wagner
Last week I presented a blog on procrastination because it’s a behavior we are guilty of doing.
Well, I have more to say about procrastination. I also wanted to bring you something that will help you from procrastinating.
Most people aren’t aware of or have a label when putting off doing things.
In fact, most aren’t even aware that they are putting off doing something.
You just think of it as something you don’t want to do now, you’ll do it later, or you never get to it.
Hopefully, you had time to think about it this past week and became aware of when you wanted to put something off or do it later.
Awareness is where it starts. You can’t change anything until you become aware of its existence.
Think about when you’d been putting off a task for weeks, maybe even months.
You knew it needed to be done, but whenever you thought about it, you felt overwhelmed and discouraged.
But then, one day, you finally muster up the courage to tackle it head-on.
And you know what? You knock it out of the park!
Not only did you complete the task, but you did it with ease and grace.
That’s the beauty of overcoming procrastination –a self-esteem boost waiting to happen.
When you procrastinate, you’re essentially telling yourself that you’re not capable of doing something.
But when you take action and complete that task, you’re proving you are capable. And that feels pretty darn good, doesn’t it?
However, we all put off things we fully know how to do. Therefore, the reason isn’t always we don’t think we can do it.
We all know how to wash dishes, make the bed, get the car washed, etc.
When you put off things that generally need to get done is when to get clear why you are putting them off.
We don’t all like doing dishes or making beds, but these are part of life. There are things you just don’t like doing.
Be honest with yourself. Why are you putting it off? As I said in my previous blog on procrastination, be clear about your feelings.
Are you just tired or lazy? It’s okay if you are feeling these things. Always be honest with yourself.
If you just don’t like doing it, that’s okay too. It’s part of life. There will be things we don’t enjoy or like doing, but we do them anyway.
If you have someone else to do it for you, that’s great, or you may hire someone to do it for you.
I don’t like planning a vacation. If I can get another person to do all the planning, I’ll go along with whatever is planned and enjoy the trip.
But whatever we are putting off, we feel great after we’ve done it and the project is completed.
Overcoming procrastination can do wonders for your self-esteem!
When you control your time and start getting things done, you’ll feel a sense of pride and accomplishment.
Not only will you have a sense of satisfaction from completing tasks and reaching your goals, but you’ll also feel more confident in your abilities.
You’ll build a positive self-image by taking small steps and seeing yourself succeed.
When you overcome procrastination, you start to trust yourself more.
You’ll also know how to clarify why you are putting it off.
You’ll see that you can get things done and have the power to make changes in your life.
You’ll build a stronger sense of self-worth and self-esteem.
If you’re tired of feeling down on yourself and not living up to your potential, it’s time to take control of your time and start taking action.
By doing so, you’ll be building a more confident and resilient you!
So, let’s make a pact to stop procrastinating and build our self-esteem. Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Plan for the job
That might mean breaking it down into smaller, more manageable steps so it feels less overwhelming.
You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment that will boost your self-esteem as you complete each step
- Reward yourself and celebrate any wins you have
No matter how small they may be, celebrate each time you complete a task.
Treat yourself to something special, or take a moment to acknowledge how far you’ve come.
- Be sure to focus on your strengths and accomplishments.
Take the time to reflect on what you’re good at and what you’ve achieved in the past.
Then use this information to boost your self-esteem.
For example, if you’re good at writing, you could start a blog or write articles.
You could start cooking for your friends and family if you’re good at cooking.
Doing more things, you’re good at can increase your confidence and make you feel more capable.
4. Another way to build self-esteem is to practice self-care and self-compassion
It means taking care of yourself physically and emotionally and being kind to yourself when things don’t go as planned.
It can involve exercise, meditation, eating well, and getting enough sleep.
Be kind and understanding when you make mistakes.
When you engage in self-care and self-compassion, you show yourself that you deserve love and respect.
It can have a positive impact on your self-esteem.
Additionally, we become more resilient and better equipped to handle challenges and setbacks by taking care of ourselves.
And will also boost our self-esteem.
By incorporating these strategies into your life, you’ll be well on your way to overcoming procrastination and building self-esteem.
You have now learned what procrastination is and how to recognize it when it’s happening to you.
You have also learned how you can extract the positive aspect of procrastination.
You can now boast about your self-esteem instead of being angry with yourself that you procrastinated.
Now you can understand why I call them perfect partners.
So, go ahead and give them a try and have fun doing it.
I have as-needed coaching available, and if this would be something you’d be interested in, contact me for a free one-hour discovery call.
If you have any challenges, let me know. I’ll include it in my content.
Starting today, make yourself a priority and begin living your best life.
But before we go, always remember to
Be true to your magnificent self,
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