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5 Reasons Why You Procrastinate, with Erika Belanger

Ep. 87

Is “I don’t have time” a go-to excuse in your life? Maybe you're not that person who took advantage of extra free time during COVID to clean out the garage or finally get in shape or write a book they’ve been talking about for years. If that sounds like you, today's episode is for you.


For this episode, it’s just me, I’m taking the spotlight again. You can check my other solo episode: #77: Setting Goals and Moving Forward (great complement to today's episode) and #73: Yoga, Chronic Pain, and Mental Health.


Coming back to our subject of today, there’s a section on my website, where you can tell me what you struggle with, go on, tell me! I’ve decided to use that as the inspiration to create my solo episode and other content. The one thing that has consistently come up since my new website is live, is procrastination or a variant of it like time management or motivation.


Today’s episode is a teaser for an amazing course I have put together to help you stop procrastinating called Finally Beat Procrastination, How to gain control back over your life and harness your fullest potential. It’s not available just yet, but sign up for the waitlist and you’ll be the first to know when it’s ready and you’ll also receive in the meantime other free content to help you start to take steps in the right direction.





MY 5 BIGGEST TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE


1- Procrastination is not a time management issue, it's an emotional regulation problem.

2- We procrastinate because of our lack of awareness and understanding of ourselves, of what we need, and our patterned coping mechanisms, because there's friction between for future Self and present Self, the task is unappealing, our fear and beliefs, and/or our lack of strategies.

3- We don't have a better coping mechanism for challenging emotions and negative moods, so we let our avoidance of pain give us direction, create prioritization, stop us from creating plans, goals, and structures.

4- There's a very strong force in our life that pushes us to confirm our perceived identity, so we will do things that align with how we describe ourselves and use this to avoid taking responsibility for our choices and actions.

5- 80% of your result comes from your mindset, 20% from your strategies.




TOPICS I COVERED DURING THIS EPISODE:


  • The consequences of procrastination on your life.
  • What is procrastination?
  • How your lack of awareness and understanding of yourselves and of what you desire is feeding your need for procrastination.
  • The root cause of procrastination.
  • The role of our desire to avoid pain and lack of an emotional coping mechanism.
  • The friction between our present and future self.
  • Our faulty rewards/consequence systems.
  • The meaning we give to our experience and how it affects our motivation.
  • The importance of getting clear about why you want to do something.
  • How our fears and beliefs about ourselves stop us from starting.
  • The role of mindsets and strategies for success.
  • The 1-minute rule.



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ABOUT ME


Erika is a yoga teacher, the host, and producer of the On & Off Your Mat Podcast, and a transformational life coach. Being a teacher is part of who she is, and she uses yoga, podcasting, and life coaching as different entry points all aiming to help her students and clients build a happier, healthier, and more peaceful life. Her radiant spirit and engaging sense of humor create light-hearted practices focused on awareness, intentional movement, and self-care. She empowers her students and clients to awaken to themselves, become embodied, and build the life of their dreams.


Website : www.erikabelanger.com


IG :@erika.belanger @onandoffyourmatpodcast


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