Cyberspace In A Blog

One third blog about my (personal) journey as a solo entrepreneur, one third "entertainment" (various articles, quotes and random-ness from Cyberspace that is motivational, inspirational, humourous and fun) and one third anything to do with being your own boss (especially the role and use of social media in business)

It is a bad habit that suck time out of our day instead of making the most of every moment. Procrastination is often the enemy of success. Following is a simple three step plan of action to move past this bad habit.

Admit when you are procrastinating. Knowing when you are doing it will help you figure out why you are doing it.

2) WHY
There are two common reasons why we don't want to do a particular task. it is a disagreeable task or the task is simple too overwhelming. Knowing which reason will aid in determining your course of action.

If you find a task disagreeable, but it simple must be done, determine a reward for when it's done such as a couple of biscuits with your coffee or a half hour magazine break. The reward can be as elaborate or as simple as you like as long as it motivates you to address the task at hand.

If you find the task overwhelming, break the task down into smaller tasks, say ten tasks and address each smaller task individually.

Remember what John Wanamaker said

I do not take credit for the above. It's something that is on my wardrobe as I have a HUGE problem with procrastination.

We have all heard the saying “Time heals all wounds.” But, that is little solace for
the person experiencing the pain of the wound RIGHT NOW.

Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a way to “fast forward” past the pain? Just press a
button and speed up time to a point where we feel more balanced and rational.

While I don’t have a magical button for you to press, I do have The Fast Forward

The Fast Forward Technique has many uses, but one of the best is for getting over
the pain of loss. If you commit to performing this three times a day at least, you will be

STEP 1: Feel whatever it is you are feeling and notice how and where you feel it. For
example many people feel emotional hurt in their chest or heart (that is why it is called
heart break). But, that may or may not be true for you. Now just focus on your feeling
and ask yourself silently or aloud the following:

Can I allow this feeling?


Can I welcome this feeling?

And then answer. It doesn’t matter if it is a Yes or No.

STEP 2: Ask “Could I let this feeling go?” Again, a Yes or No is

STEP 3 Ask “Would I let this feeling go?”

STEP 4 Ask “When?”

STEP 5 Now examine the feeling again. Does it feel different? Did you feel a shift? The
shift is different for everyone, but is a sign of small healing. You want to feel how your
feeling has changed and repeat steps 1 thru 5.

The Fast Forward Technique should not be a struggle. In fact, it will usually feel quite
warm and soothing.

You will want to do 2 or 3 sessions a day. One session may be 5 or 6 repetitions or more
through the 5 steps.

Also, let me let you in on a little secret. I have used The Fast Forward Technique for
many things including managing my feelings about:

 Quitting smoking
 Dealing with “snack attacks”
 Writers Block
 Getting over my father’s death
 Sticking with my workout program
 Major arguments with my wife

The Fast Forward Technique and I are old friends and I hope that by introducing you to
each other, you will reap a lifetime of benefits as well.

Optimist Creed

Promise Yourself -
  • To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
  • To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
  • To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
  • To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
  • To think only of the best, to work only for the best and expect only the best.
  • To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
  • To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
  • To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
  • To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
  • To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble

I know this is impossible to do all the time. I know I'm having a hard time doing the above right now however I thought it might be worthwhile for someone out there. I know it is reminding me.