Work Not According to Your Feelings

Katie Corbett holds the book "One Month to Live"

By Katie Corbett

 

Feelings can be helpful. They can tell us when we are in danger, when we are in love, or when we feel passionate about a business idea. They can also encourage us to procrastinate, form unhealthy habits, or lash out at those we care about. I try not to let my feelings get in the way of my work, and I think this is a key element of my success thus far.

 

When I read, “One Month to Live,” by Chris Shook, I was going through a lot of change. I wanted to improve and become my best self. At that time, it meant experimenting with new hairstyles. Here are some questions to consider as you decide how you are going to act based on your dreams and goals, rather than letting your progress be dictated by your feelings.

 

  • What would you do if your body only had 30 days left?
  • If you don’t act, what will you regret?
  • How could you improve yourself?
  • What has been on your list for a while that you have not taken the time to accomplish?
  • What excuses are you ready to part with?
  • When you look back on this month, what do you want to say you have done?
  • What do you wish you had taken the time to do sooner?
  • What habit would you like to form?
  • What habit would you like to break?
  • What change would you like to see inside yourself?

 

Think about your most compelling answer. Do you want to work out more, lose weight, drink more water? Is there something else you’d like to achieve in the next month? Determine the first step and take that step today.

 

I’d love to learn what you’re hoping to achieve. Let me know in the comments, and share this post with a friend who could use some encouragement to go after their dreams.

 

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Kick Someday Syndrome, Once and For All

Katie Corbett holds the book "One Month to Live"

By Katie Corbett

 

Procrastination can be tempting. It can be easy to sit back and do nothing rather than do what the best version of yourself wants to be doing. Unfortunately, procrastination won’t get you any closer to achieving your dreams, and it can hold you back for years.

 

I read “One Month to Live,” by Chris Shook, at a time when I was leaving a relationship and had a lot of career options to consider. I was feeling nervous, disappointed and hopeful, all at once. It would have been easy to wallow in my emotions. In the book, I read about kicking Someday Syndrome and decided to embrace what I needed to do. Here are some of the benefits I noticed of doing things today; not someday.

 

  • I felt more accomplished.
  • I checked a lot off my to-do list.
  • I didn’t feel lazy or like I was wasting time.
  • I could focus on the future, rather than the past.
  • Taking action was refreshing.
  • I didn’t have time to wallow in unhelpful emotions.
  • I was accomplishing my dreams and improving my life in spite of negative and uncertain circumstances.
  • I could relax at the end of the day knowing I had gotten a lot done.
  • Although I was unemployed at the time, I felt productive.
  • I stopped relying on excuses and found it was faster to take action.

 

If you are looking to beat procrastination and kick Someday Syndrome into the past, I recommend doing the first thing you need to do to get started. That could be as easy as turning on the computer, cleaning off your dresser, or making a list and a plan to tackle one thing at a time.

 

What projects are you motivated to begin? Leave a comment and let me know. Cheers to you and your success!

 

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