It’s easy enough to challenge ourselves then let the minutes, hours, days, weeks, and … cough years cough… go by without stepping out of our comfort zone and actually going for it.
That’s happened to me more times than I care to admit even on projects I was passionate about pursuing. I let procrastination in its many forms block my path.
Has that happened to you?
Sometimes I let fear and doubt creep in to hijack a BIG awesome scary idea.
Sometimes it was that I just let life get in the way. I let the big idea fade away like dandelion fluff in the wind never to return.
Sometimes, the idea goes dormant ready to bloom again with a bit of prodding and nurturing.
Sometimes my priorities changed. And that’s okay. Making myself available when a family emergency pops up is important to me. Needing some dedicated self-care time is important to me. In the past, acute Chronic Fatigue Syndrome literally knocked me out of commission for months. I’ve learned to manage it and recognize trigger warnings. Self-care is a priority.
Freedom and flexibility within my life and business are important to me.
To me, choosing to let go or holding off on a project isn’t procrastinating; it’s being responsible for managing my boundaries.
When the old status quo needs to go
I’ve successfully tackled a good number of big challenges in the past all on my own. However, going it alone can be brutal. Why struggle alone when help, encouragement, and support are readily available?
One of the best remedies I’ve found to combat project procrastination is to participate in a hosted challenge. In April 2019 I surprised myself by rocking an accountability challenge with others in Jennifer Lehner’s Front Row VIP group. A few years ago, I was one of the grand prize winners of the 30 Day Video Story Telling Challenge hosted by Felicia Slattery and Lou Bortone.
The 2019 Stretch Yourself Content Marketing Challenge
This month, September 2019, I decided to join Kelly McCausey’s Stretch Yourself Content Marketing Challenge. There are 15 challenges to pick and choose from, in addition to any number of challenges you can design for yourself.
The goal isn’t to do them all … the goal is to pick a project and get it done start to finish during the month.
Participants (over 90 of us this time around!) are a fun, friendly, supportive, encouraging bunch. Some more competitive than others, which is totally fine.
My personal goal is to finish at minimum two of the 15 pre-designed challenges, starting with #3 Host A Facebook Live Series. It’s something that’s been on my dormant project idea for what seems like f.o.r.e.v.e.r.
I’ll be hosting the series over in my Rocking Your Path Community group. I’m still fleshing out exactly all that I’ll be sharing but those in the community will be among the first to know. So come on over and join us. It’s free.
Speaking of Free …
You may be wondering if Kelly’s is a free or pay-to-play challenge. Fair enough question. It’s a pay-to-play one. And I don’t mind forking over the bucks. Why? Because when you have skin in the game it’s harder emotionally to back out. You’re more motivated to get it done.
Getting things done is what helps you rock your unique path and prosper with passion and purpose.
That’s true for me … and I bet it’s likely true for you, too.