How to Get Rid of the Most Potent Factor Causing You to Procrastinate

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Procrastination Coach Dr. Christine Li

I'm so glad you've decided to start tackling your procrastination and to start getting things done.  I know with the help of the tools and templates in the Free Resource Library, you can get yourself unstuck and enjoy being creative, calm, and confident again.  I believe we all have outsized potential and many meaningful contributions to make in this world.  You're on your way!


Let’s try to figure out what’s getting in your way.

Why can’t you finish what you’ve started?

Why do your ideas never see the light of day?

Why can’t you introduce yourself to that cute new neighbor of yours?

Why is your workspace a cluttered mess?

Here’s my opinion for the day: you are overburdened by self-doubt.  Self-doubt tells us:

  • we should not try
  • we should not defend ourselves
  • we should not stand up for ourselves
  • we should keep the things as they are as best as we can because it is what we know
  • no one will listen
  • it’s not ready
  • I’m not ready
  • it’s not good enough
  • I’m not good enough
  • it’s ridiculous
  • it’ll take too long
  • it’ll be too hard
  • there’s not enough time
  • take your time
  • hiding out is a better option that showing up
  • we can never change
  • we can never grow
  • we can never be our full, operational selves

Wow.  Self-doubt is a kicker.  It kicks our motivation, and sometimes even our inspiration, to the curb.  It makes us believe we were never really that motivated in the first place.

In case you haven’t had your share of healthy nutrients today, here’s some powerful juice for killing your self-doubt:

You are more capable than you can even imagine.

You have more potential for action than you could ever use in a lifetime.

You can change your pattern of doing things within the next hour.

You are in charge of yourself and the thoughts you allow yourself to listen to.  You do not have to listen to trash talk and lies about yourself anymore.

You are the best person for changing things in the right direction for you.  You do not have to rely on anyone else and you do not have to fear anyone else any longer.

Self-doubt is mental and emotional clutter.  It can get out of control very quickly and very easily.  It can take up so much of your time that it really does feel like there is no time left to work.  The truth of the matter is you do have the time, but you will not have the emotional energy and mental fortitude to do your work if you are burdened by the clutter of self-doubt.

Do one thing today to prove to yourself your own capacity for action and change.  And then repeat this action over and over again until your self-doubt is gone.  Best wishes to you.

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About Christine Li

I am a licensed clinical psychologist with an expertise in working with procrastinators. I enjoy the challenge of helping chronic procrastinators to see their work and their relationship to their work in a new way so they may find ways to move forward. Although I work with many students in my private practice, I also work with professionals who wish to improve their level of engagement in their work and in their lives outside of work. I have hosted this website since 2009, when I decided to reach out to those struggling with procrastination but who were outside my geographical area of New York. I have very much enjoyed the contacts I have made through this site and the coaching work that I have been able to do as a result of "Procrastination Coach." I invite you to contact me so we can discuss how my coaching services will fit with your current needs.

9 thoughts on “How to Get Rid of the Most Potent Factor Causing You to Procrastinate

  1. Christine, thank you for the encouragement.
    I’ve been struggling with this subject (self-doubt) lately.
    “You are the best person for changing things in the right direction for you.” A timely quote…
    Much appreciated!

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