Slacking Off? Here's How to Get Back on Track
We all have those moments when we're not as motivated as we'd like to be, when procrastination sets in, or when we simply feel like we're slacking off. But here's the good news: even when you've veered off course, you can always find your way back.
I want to share with you a question Shane and I were asked during a Mind Power podcast back in 2016. The question was about those moments when motivation seems elusive, when you're not as productive as you'd like to be, and you're, well, slacking off.
The truth is, not everyone is a naturally born go-getter. Some of us need that extra push to stay consistent and motivated. I'll be the first to admit that maintaining consistent motivation isn't my superpower.
But here's the key: it all starts with making a firm decision.
I believe in making a clear decision to move forward without any safety nets. When you set specific goals with deadlines that demand results, you create a sense of urgency that can be a powerful motivator.
Let me share a personal example from my early entrepreneurial days. I was, and still am, more of a night owl than an early bird. But my desire to break free from the traditional nine-to-five grind was strong. So, I decided to take decisive action. I started waking up at 4 a.m., a time when most people are still fast asleep. This early start allowed me to get into action mode right away and build momentum.
The power of urgency cannot be underestimated. When you have no safety nets and no plan B, there's only one option: to succeed. This urgency forces you to stay on track and keep pushing forward.
Today, I continue to use the same approach to maintain focus. When I set new goals, I give myself short, challenging deadlines. This sense of urgency keeps me motivated and ensures I don't fall into the trap of slacking off.
So, if you ever find yourself in a phase of slacking off, remember this valuable advice: Give yourself a real deadline, challenge yourself, and you might be surprised at how quickly you can regain your momentum. Slacking off is just a temporary setback, and with determination and a clear decision, you can always get back on track.