Stop Procrastinating by Decreasing Distractions

Have you ever set a goal that you were fired up to achieve, but then for some reason you weren’t able to make progress towards it? This is a common issue and in today’s mindset minute, I’m going to give you an idea about why this happens and a few strategies to try to nip it in the bud.

A major contributor to procrastination is impulsivity. Impulsivity is just a fancy word for distraction. What happens is we start off with the best of intentions, but then life gets in the way and we get distracted. When we take our focus off of our goal, it’s easy to lose motivation and stop making progress.

The best strategy for cutting impulsivity down to size, while increasing focus on what you need to do, is to follow these three steps:

  1. Be specific. What exactly do you want to achieve? What do you need to do and when do you need to do it? I recommend you take the time to write your goals down. Research shows that writing down our goals increases commitment and makes us more likely to achieve them. Get very clear on where you want to go because confusion and overwhelm are two of the biggest contributors to procrastination.
  2. Break it down. You should break your overall goal into very small steps - incremental goals if you will - that you can work on each and every day. This sets you up to have a success spiral where one small win leads to another which leads to another. The more important and complex your goal is, the more important it is to divide it into tiny bite sized chunks.
  3. Develop routines. Develop a system for taking action on the bite sized steps you outlined in step What will you do consistently each and every day? Go one step further and do your most important tasks at the start of the day. With consistency and dedication, you can achieve a lot by doing a little each day. Get focused and don't do anything else until after you have achieved your objective for the day.

Don't let another minute go by without deciding what goal it is you most want to achieve right now. Follow that up with by determining how you can get going on it right. this. minute. Now get out there, get really focused on what you want, and make it happen!  



Be Careful What You Say Yes To!

Have you ever wondered why salespeople try to get you to say yes to small, seemingly insignificant requests? There’s a really good reason why and it’s based on psychology.

Dr. Robert Cialdini is the author of an amazing book called Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion. In it he outlines six triggers that influence our behavior and two of the most powerful are commitment and consistency.

But before I get into how these variables influence us, let me share a fun, little study that will show how the two work together to drive our behavior - even when we’re not aware of it.

Imagine that someone knocked on your door and asked you if they could put a 10-foot tall, ugly, neon-colored billboard on your lawn that said “Drive Safely.” Would you go for it?

What if they asked you to put a 3-inch sticker in the front window of your house that said “Be a Safe Driver,” and then two weeks later asked you to put up the obnoxious billboard? Now would you be more or less likely to agree to the billboard?

Lucky for us, this is not just a theoretical question, and the answers point to some interesting psychological dynamics.

Dr. Cialdini and some of his research associates approached a group of homeowners and asked them if they could put a huge, ugly, obnoxious sign in their yard. An overwhelming 83% said, “No Way!”

Then they went to another neighborhood and asked people to put the small sticker in their window that said, “Be a safe driver,” and most, readily agreed to this small request. When they returned two weeks later and asked if they could install the ugly billboard, a whopping 70% said, “Sure!” What do you suppose is going on with that!?

According to Cialdini’s theory, once we become committed to something, we naturally like to be consistent with it. So by saying ‘yes’ to the small sticker, it was much easier for homeowners to say ‘yes’ to the huge, ugly billboard.

The moral of the story is that whenever we say ‘yes’ to something, we open ourselves up to a much larger commitment down the road. But it’s not all bad. There is a way to use this tendency to your advantage.

If you want to make a big change, start with a small commitment and then be consistent with it. As your commitment and consistency increase, it will be easier to take bigger steps later.

Do you want to study poker everyday but never seem to get around to it? Commit to study 5 minutes per day and do it consistently, everyday for 30 days, and see what happens. Generally speaking, this level of commitment and consistency will lead you to naturally and easily study for longer periods of time as you build the habit.

You can use these two triggers (commitment and consistency) to build almost any habit. Oh, and be sure to say “no” to any small request a salesperson makes, lest you be roped into a much larger commitment down the line!

What's New For 2017

With a new year comes new opportunities!

You may have already seen my free Rev Up Your Poker Success Course and starting next month even more multimedia programming will roll out focusing on helping you fine-tune your peak poker mindset.

Because I have so many goodies planned for you and my time is limited, I will no longer be able to participate in The Mindset Advantage Podcast. While I enjoyed co-hosting the show and interviewing many great guests, I’ll be unable to continue. But never fear, I’ve got an array of exciting ventures in the works, so stay tuned!

Here is to a prosperous and successful 2017!  

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