Many people develop affirmations, or positive self-talk, to overcome self-confidence and self-esteem issues, which feed into procrastination. Your affirmation might be that you want to have 100 clients within 2 years. I remember buying a filing cabinet many years ago and saying that I wanted to fill it up with case files. You need to say affirmations a lot because you’re reprogramming your thinking.
Repeat your affirmations
Repeating your affirmations over and over and over again makes them become ever more deeply ingrained and grooved into your mind and your unconscious. After a while the new thought pattern takes over for the old thought pattern.
Say your affirmations aloud in the car. These things become your new thoughts; they become your new defaults.
Look at your procrastinations. What holds you back from making marketing calls, working on cases, or sending out invoices? Do you struggle with making collection calls? See where you’re procrastinating.
What are your fears? Why are you procrastinating? What’s the fear that’s keeping you from moving forward? Is that fear a reality? Is that something that’s really going to happen or just a fear of impending doom?
Affirmations and procrastination
Take time to go back and remember what it feels like to accomplish something of note. Remember that feeling of satisfaction when you really did something, when you finished it and it came out well. Think of how good it made you feel. Get back in touch with that feeling of positive emotion, outcome, and energy, and of actually completing the task. Define how to move forward with what you’re procrastinating about.
You may never totally conquer your fears, perfectionism or procrastination but you can tackle them one by one. Think about the impact on your career as a legal nurse consultant.
Tackle the issues. Set achievable goals and use affirmations to influence your mindset. Strive for a positive way of looking at the world and avoid negative thinking and people. The entrepreneurial spirit is a special one. Treasure the fact that you have the courage to set your course as you embrace the challenges of this interesting field of nursing. Consider and positively manage how your mindset affects the way you tackle the challenges of starting and running a business.
Pat Iyer MSN RN LNCC is president of the Pat Iyer Group and loves to write lists so she can cross them off.