If you create content or any form of art then you may have met with the joys of procrastination or RESISTANCE as I like to call it, which is less laziness, more psychological disorder (not sure which is less glamorous) and can stem from anything from a fear of failure (don’t shun me from the village) to a fear of success (oh shit I have to leave the village). Here are some books and things to fight it:
1. First of all, come to terms with the ways you may be sabotaging yourself by reading ‘The Big Leap’ by Gay Hendricks. Never has this man met ANYONE who has all four of the so-called ‘upper limit’ problems he describes. Well hi there! Now I feel special because I am that person.
2. Figure out your calling – What do you actually want from life? Try ‘What Colour is Your Parachute’ which helps you mind map who you are and what you love so you’ll soon come up with a general picture of what you might actually have been put on this planet to do.
3. Embrace vulnerability – HAHA yeah, because vulnerability is such a fun experience. Seriously though, sit with her and realise that it is OK to be vulnerable. Try Brené Brown’s ‘Daring Greatly’ and marvel at the idea of vulnerability hangovers – or how after being vulnerable your body shuts down in shock. Aargh.
4. Journaling – this is a key point in the infamous procrastination guidebook ‘The War of Art’ by Steven Pressfield which makes for painful reading because it describes so poignantly the agony that is fighting the resistance. It is WAR. Journaling helps gets all those subconscious thoughts out once and for all.
5. Forgiveness – you can’t create until you come from a place of love so you just need to try really hard to forgive those people who may unconsciously have provided you with resistance in the first place. Sometimes this is really hard so give it a little help with…
6. EFT/Tapping – this is an interesting one because it really helps get rid of any emotions stuck in the physical body. A sort of emotional version of acupuncture, you tap repeatedly around the meridian points of your face and upper body repeating out loud the negative emotion and following with “I love and accept myself anyway’. Sounds bizarre but really works.
7. Change all your passwords to a mantra which goes against all your self-sabotaging ways. ‘I am unstoppable’ is a favourite of Tony Robbins although I don’t think it’s his actual password so sorry about that.
Gemma Rowbotham is the founder of Ivory Gloss meditation beauty boxes