9 Ways to Eliminate Procrastination in the New Year


“My constant battle is putting aside time wasters, and I have to watch out for procrastination. Staying on the path of something you’re trying to create has much to do with having confidence in yourself and in your capacity to realize the things you want out of life.” Ruby Dee

We all have dreams and aspirations, and that’s a wonderful thing. What’s less wonderful is that it’s easy to let procrastination keep you from the dream life you envision for yourself.

Does it sometimes feel like all your opportunities are within your grasp, but you can’t seem to reach them? If you can find a way to overcome this, you’ll be able to accomplish more and use the talents you were blessed with to fully realize the potential your life has to offer.

As a copywriter — and indeed, as a self-motivated individual no matter what industry or business you’re in — learning how to eliminate procrastination is one of the most important skills you can learn. And it begins with setting straight your values, establishing your personal vision, and cultivating positive habits.

The good news is, you can largely defeat procrastination by following these nine easy tips:

1) Use positive self-reassurance — In 1956, Earl Nightingale wrote “The Strangest Secret” in an attempt to teach people the power of the mind, and in particular, the power of thought. He said, “You become what you think about all day long.” Nightingale’s inspiration came from Napoleon Hill’s book, Think and Grow Rich, published in 1937.

Basically, Nightingale’s point is that the things you say to yourself have everything to do with your success. If you say, “I can’t do it,” you won’t.

But telling yourself you can accomplish your copywriting dreams is an extremely effective way to change your mindset and your actions… if you do it consistently. The next time you’re tempted to put off submitting a spec because you’re afraid it won’t be chosen, or making a cold call to a prospective client, say, “Hey, I’ve got nothing to lose!”

Starting today, tell yourself that you’re a writer. Tell yourself you are learning how to succeed, and you will.

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John Torre

I reside in North Brunswick, NJ, with my wife, Lynn, and daughters Kasey, Jaclyn, and Shelly. We also have a 110 pound, lovable Rottie named Leo that keeps us on our toes! When we're not hard at work we enjoy spending weekends at our bungalow down the Jersey shore, or take extended trips to Walt Disney World as members of the Disney Vacation Club. For kicks, I draw on my dominant "right-brain" and play guitar in classic rock and blues bands, act for local plays and independent productions, and enjoy writing creative fiction. I'm a published author in short fiction and stage plays and a graduate of a local community college's Commercial Writer's Certificate Program. After graduating from the program I was selected as an instructor and taught "Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror" writing for 8 years. I enjoy many fine relationships I made with my students to this day.

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