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How to beat procrastination and create a fulfilling work-life?

Updated: Mar 11

In this article, I share powerful insights on how you can stop procrastinating and create the fulfilling work-life your dream of.

I know where you are at.

For as long as I can remember, I have always wondered how I could find true fulfillment in my professional life. It took me about 6 years in my active work-life to get an idea of what would fulfill me. But then it took me another 6 years to stop procrastinating and to overcome my fear of taking real action toward creating the professional future that I knew would truly fulfill me: becoming a career coach.

Why did I procrastinate on it for 6 years if I already knew what I wanted to do? Because I was afraid that by taking action toward creating the work-life I aspired to, I might have realized that I was not as good or passionate as I thought I would be. So, I kept postponing... taking baby steps to get closer to it... waiting for the "right" moment to jump.

It is only when I realized how I was subconsciously keeping myself stuck, and that no moment will ever be ‘right’ enough, that things unlocked themselves.

In this article, I am going to show you:

1. How your mind tricks you into procrastinating when it comes to creating your fulfilling work-life.

2. The one essential prerequisite to overcoming your procrastination and creating the fulfilling work-life you deserve.

3. The one most powerful habit you can create right now to help you build confidence and resilience over time.

How your mind keeps you procrastinating on the fulfilling work-life you desire so much

How the mind works

There might be several reasons why you procrastinate on taking action toward a more fulfilling work-life.

Maybe you feel you do not have enough money (if you dream of starting your business)…

or that you can’t take any risks because of some responsibilities you have…

or that you do not measure up against other people whose achievements seem out of this world...

or that staying in your current role is the rational thing to do and that those who go after more are just dreamers anyway...

Whatever the justification, even if apparently legitimate, if you procrastinate on your fulfillment, it means that most likely fear is holding you back at some level.

Now, regardless of where you are, the cause, or the intensity of your fear, you can overcome your procrastination.

The very first step to overcome your procrastination is to understand why you are procrastinating in the first place.

Your mind comports two parts: the conscious mind and the subconscious mind.

Your conscious mind is your ‘intellectual mind’.

  • You use your conscious mind anytime you think, analyze, reason, or decide. Basically, anytime that you do some mental activity.

  • Your conscious mind can only hold one thought at a time, a little bit like a binary system “do I go left, or right?”

  • Your conscious mind is connected to your five senses: sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch, as well as to your feelings.

Every time you think a thought, this thought travels from your conscious mind to your subconscious mind and creates an emotion in your body.

Your subconscious mind is your ‘feeling mind’.

  • Your subconscious mind accepts the thoughts your conscious mind gives it.

  • Your subconscious mind relates to your entire body and is responsible for everything you do not need to think of, including breathing, walking, or driving.

  • Your subconscious mind is where all your thoughts, associated emotions, and beliefs about yourself and the world are stored since you were born. It is just like a giant library where each book represents an event of your life and the emotions you felt related to this event.

Now imagine that all the thoughts and associated emotions that you have experienced throughout your life are stored in various 'categories of beliefs' or 'programs", such as “how I relate with money”, “how I relate with fulfillment at work”, “how I relate with my own right to be happy in what I do”, etc.

All these programs are deeply anchored in your subconscious mind and, put together, form your identity.