Get rid of your procrastination for good? No way!

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Please, please please don’t believe any article or method that tells you they have the cure for procrastination. Or that you can end it for good if you follow these four tips. Or the ‘How to end procrastination for good’ articles. That’s just not how it works. As any of the authors of famous books on procrastinaton will tell you…

ID-10020549Which is an interesting challenge from a marketing perspective. Sentences like this will not lead to many new clients:

Procrastination coaching may help you procrastinate less.

Procrastination coaching will probably help you procrastinate less. If you do the work involved.

Procrastination coaching could help you procrastinate less, provided it’s not therapy that you actually need.

Yet, I refuse to make false promises. Any good coach will tell you that they can’t do the job for you. A coach can’t change you. You are the only one who can change you. Parts of you at least.  A coach can facilitate that process. They can inspire, can challenge, can do lots of things that help you change. But the changing is yours to do.

And yes, coaching is about change. If you don’t want real, lasting change, don’t get a coach. Or don’t get a good one, because it’s what you might get.

I’m not going to promise anybody to get rid of their procrastination for good. But you sure can learn how to deal with it yourself. And you can make a change in some of the underlying things that cause or feed your procrastination.

This is what I aim for in my coaching:

  • long term change (for example in your mindset and habits)
  • short term results (getting stuff done)
  • making choices (doing the things that matter to you)

Considering the feedback for the free e-course, I dare say that this it’s what a number of people people achieve, even in nine days.

It could be you!

18 Comments on “Get rid of your procrastination for good? No way!”

  1. Angela van Son

    More than a month after the free e-course finished, somebody in the group posted this:

    Apart from the fact that the course helped me tackle something that was a major source of distress in my life, it provided a much-needed ‘reboot’ of some kind, allowing me to regard the issues I face in a different way – with lightness. I may always be a procrastinator, but now I know how to recognize myself doing it, laugh, and then move on. For someone who’s made a artform out of self-flagellation, lack of judgment is like oxygen. I can’t believe how much time and energy I apparently spent on being paralyzed and now have left for me to do with whatever I want.

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    I love your honesty!! It is a nice break from all those other people that promise that if you take their course their life will be perfect!

    Thanks for writing this!

    1. Angela van Son

      Thanks Michelle! It took me a while to dare to do it. I’ve been wanting to shout something like this from the rooftops for quite some time. I hate how unreal promises like that make people think it’s their fault when they don’t get such bright and shiny results as were promised.

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    Loved the course! And I agree, a coach can’t do it for you but rather guide you and keep your spirits up and I believe give you some accountability.

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    Oh my gosh I love this. Not only are you not lying, but you are letting people know that they have to do the freaking work! 🙂 There isn’t a magic pill… but working with a coach can make it so much easier to work through what’s holding you back. Plus, a coach is going to hold you accountable. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Angela van Son

      Thanks Kate 🙂 You described very well why I have a coach: “working with a coach can make it so much easier to work through what’s holding you back”. On my own it takes more time and more effort. Though I’m able to coach myself to a certain extent, I need someone else for the blind spots.

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    Thank you very much for describing this. I think it’s important to differentiate between the easy goals/low hanging fruit that can be reached without help, and the stuff that you need coaching for. Bad coaches provide the former, you seem to provide the latter. Sounds fantastic.

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    Boom! I love ‘don’t get a coach or at least don’t get a good one’…So true! Knowing what you really want is the first step. Thanks for sharing this Angela!

    1. Angela van Son

      Thank you for your lovely comment Melissa!

      Sometimes I also help people get clear on what they really want. But the starting point is always that they WANT something.

    1. Angela van Son

      Thanks Patti! This lovely feedback seems to indicate that I should write more blogposts about what I really care about. False promises are a topic that really matters to me.

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    Angela, I love this post. It’s sooooo refreshing. I think this is an issue all humans face at some point in their lives, and there’s no quick fix. You need to change your mindset and develop a personal structure of change. So happy I found this post. Thanks for the extra push and reality check.

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    I love honest marketing! I hate things that sound too good to be true, just for the sake of attracting people. What you say is so true- you are the only person who can change yourself. I have some major procrastination challenges, so I’ll have to look into your course.

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    Absolutely right! Whenever I’ve said something about a habit you have that you are trying to break, it’s all down to you. The tools can be given but then it’s up to you to use them! Nice one Angela 🙂

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    Thanks, Angela, for the real deal. I admit to my own procrastination and it’s truly mine. And you don’t sugar coat that the ‘work’ to lessen, recognize, change or eliminate procrastination altogether is up me. As a coach, you can only guide and support someone who wants to make the change. Good post!

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