On Monday I’ll start my new eating plan. Monday goes and you’re still munching down on the same unhealthy habits.
I’ll attend that gym class when I have more time next week. A month later and you haven’t stepped foot in the gym.
I’ll write that blog post once I … go to that meeting, have lunch, get this work done, go to the gym…
Sound familiar? We all suffer from the Procrastination plague at some point, but no one procrastinates unless there is a reason to do so.
Procrastination is a common form of self sabotage and can be triggered for many reasons. Whether you’re avoiding it because you don’t want to come in contact with a particular person, you have a case of ‘Perfection Paralysis’ where it won’t be ‘good enough’ so you don’t even bother trying, or you’ve experienced a negative reaction from doing so in the past. Whatever the case, there is a block.
The good news is these blocks can be cleared simply and effectively with EFT Tapping.
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is a self-applied, stress reduction technique that involves a 2 finger tapping process on acupressure points on the face and upper body.
It’s often described as psychological acupuncture without the needles.
Prevent procrastination and start progressing with EFT Tapping.
Firstly, you need to identify the issue and negative emotion/feeling associated with your procrastination.
- Ask yourself: What is my goal?
- What excuses are you using to avoid completing this task?
- What is the worst thing that might happen if you complete it?
- What beliefs are preventing you from taking action and moving
Give this feeling a rating between 0 and 10. 10 being the most intense. Notice where you sense this feeling in your body.
There are 8 acupressure points (face/ body) to tap on and 1 on the side of the hand
The first point is the side of the hand, where you repeat a Setup Statement 3 times.
“Even though I don’t know why I procrastinate, and it makes me feel frustrated, I accept myself anyway.”
“Even though I’ve been procrastinating about getting this work done, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.”
“Even though I’m frustrated that I keep procrastinating, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.”
Now you say a Reminder Phrase whilst tapping on the points on your face and upper body. You can tap on either or both sides of the face and body for approximately 7 times each point (refer to diagram).
Start of Eyebrow: I feel frustrated
Side of Eye: Procrastinating makes me feel frustrated
Under Eye: I don’t know why I procrastinate
Under Nose: Frustrated I can’t get this work done
Under Lips: So frustrating
Under Collarbone: Can’t stop procrastinating
Underarm (5cm below armpit): Frustrated I procrastinate so much
Top of Head: I’m frustrated
Take a deep breath and check in with how you feel. Has your level of intensity dropped? What number would you rate it now?
Continue to tap until you are at 0/10 intensity.
During the tapping process, did you discover why you procrastinate?
Does procrastinating help you stay safe from feeling exposed?
Does it protect you from being criticized or judged?
Does it protect you from failing?
Does it keep you playing small?
Does it keep you from standing out and being seen?
Are you doing it to rebel?
The funny thing with procrastination is the behaviour appears to go against what we are consciously wanting and telling others we desire (healthy eating habits, joining the gym, writing that blog post, promoting your business, getting a better job etc).
Next time you find yourself leaving something until last minute, or decide you no longer want to put something off, give Tapping a go.
Done correctly, it will provide insight and clarity around the deeper reason you are procrastinating and will allow you to clear the negative emotion around it, creating a clear path for progression.
Lauren Cooper is a heart-centred Brand Visibility Mentor, Certified Clinical EFT Practitioner, Level 2 Reiki Practitioner, Marketing & PR Expert and is all about combining soul with strategy.
She’s passionate about guiding & inspiring others to step out of the shadows, create lasting change and live their best life.
Lauren applies Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) with clients to help create significant change in their lives through eliminating fears and beliefs that are holding them back from being their best self in order to kick some serious goals.
If you’d like to experience your full potential through EFT, contact Lauren via email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.laurencooper.com.au for more info.