How to Beat Procrastination as an Introvert (INFP)
Immersive ideas of plot lines, dialogues that never existed, realistic characters built out of nothing, imagined utopia, or even names given to feelings that are still unspoken.
One of the best traits of most introverts is imagination. Yet, while many have the power to create, only a few work enough to finish the draft, publish the work, succeed.
The reasons may vary. But I’d say that a common one is fear. That heavy “What if…”.
What if this is bad, like really bad? What if people will hate it? What if it’s a waste of time finishing this?
And I guess we are afraid of exposing our true selves. What if they judge me?
In her book, “The Power of Vulnerability” (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED), Brene Brown offers us a clear and empowering perspective. Vulnerability is beautiful and life-changing. Vulnerability inspires and lifts up. In order to be vulnerable, you must be brave first.
If the result is not the one you wished for, don’t let that discourage you. You must learn that who you are as a person is not defined by others’ perspective on you. You have to be the first to acknowledge the power within and let a greater passion lead you.
How To Beat Procrastination
A dream you truly hope to turn into reality. Once you know what that is, think about the reasons you have to achieve that. It would be helpful if you could write them down somewhere. Try not to focus on too many things at once. Having one to three big goals is enough.
Do you need a quiet environment? Or do you prefer it loud? Alone or surrounded by people? Test out different environments and discover the space that inspires you and your goal.
There has to be a time slot dedicated to your goal. After school, after work, while commuting, on Sunday mornings. Decide on specific times you are able and willing to work on your goal. Make it a rule not to let anything interfere. Prove yourself that you are serious and dedicated to your purpose.
Remember I asked to write your reasons down?
We all feel down and lazy sometimes. There are days when your dream seems to be a colourful illusion. You can’t catch it anymore. Well, THAT is an excuse.
It may seem hard to believe, but changing your thoughts/mood is possible.
Remember why you started. For some minutes, close your eyes and visualize yourself succeeding – having made your dream come true. IMAGINE enjoying all the rewards of your hard work. Think of as many details as possible.
It’s scientifically proven that our brains can’t distinguish between the artificial feeling of joy and the real state. So make it a habit. Every time you’re feeling down, motivate yourself by visualizing the results of your hard work. Will you have more money? How will you spend it? Will you look more confident? Where will you take your selfies? Will many people thank you for your project? How does that feel?
This is crucial for INFPs. We can’t seem able to finish anything unless we enjoy the journey. We are not always motivated by punishment or reward, but we are driven by deep feelings. Use that in your advantage. Work, learn, explore, have fun!
Do you have a goal? I can’t wait to support you!
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