Gosh I’m excited! During our coaching session yesterday, Giselle, a writer, talked about how she overcame procrastination and seeing as I JUST recently did a teleclass on that, I had to ask if she would share her story.
I know it helps many of us to hear real life experiences so without further ado, in her own words, is the first ever Guest Blogger at Coach T.I.A.
Woohooo, thanks and welcome Giselle!
On March 13th, 2009 I joined Twitter. Twelve days later I made a decision that altered my life significantly. I hired Tia as my life coach. When I look back, I truly had no idea as to the purpose of a coach.
I just knew that I was at a standstill and I needed to move forward.
In the six months we worked together, my personal concepts of self-love, my goals and my dependence on procrastination, took a 180-degree turn. Through our sessions I began to peel away my layers of denial and reason. I had a notebook full of reasons as to why I could not write.
Walk the Dog
Work full time
Wash the dishes
To the outside world I proclaimed to writing daily.
“I am a writer.”
Well Balderdash! I was not a writer.
Hmm, that statement should be clarified. In my mind I believed I was a writer, but that did not hold true in my heart.
The conviction that my love of writing should take a greater importance in my day-to-day life did not hold true for me. So I procrastinated.
Writing became a chore. Something I only found the ability to do when all else was complete. You can bet how often that happened. But my coach refused to let me hide behind my daily commitments. Over and over again she would ask, “What is important to you?” “What do you want?”
My response varied a bit in the beginning, but one statement held firm: “I want to be a writer. I want to earn a comfortable living through writing.” To which the response, “What do you need to do to accomplish this? “ Me: “Write.”
We investigated why I did not find time to write. It came down to this; I refused to acknowledge that my passion, writing, was necessary to my well-being.
I did not rate the need to write as important because I felt guilty in taking part in activity that was solely for me. She saw through my bravado and reasoning from the start and called me on it, which was a first for me. After a few sessions, we agreed on a regimen.
My mission if I chose to accept it, was to write for ten minutes each day. Such a small and simple step helped open my eyes. I re-discovered why I loved to write.
- I became a monthly contributor to a site, which focuses on writers and writing.
- My blog content improved as my follower count grew.
- I stopped including my “ten minute” session in my daily task outline.
- There was no longer a need. I found time to write. I valued my passion and myself.
Just so you know, I did not inherit a fairy godmother. My life remains hectic and filled with “must do”, “have to”, and “need to do” priorities, but I have learned the true value of prioritizing. I became very clear on what brought me joy. And I continued doing that each day, one step at a time.
I became limitless. I opened up to the countless opportunities the world had in store. My battle with procrastination ended, and I was the victor.
About Giselle MacLean: I am the Managing Editor of BreakFree, a blog that passionately charts my personal challenges as a wife, mother and friend; while managing a career within the financial services industry. I offer detailed reviews on select novels, personal and professional how-to advice and I provide a wonderfully, exciting glimpse into the future Giselle.
Back to Tia: Wow, that’s quite a journey! Many thanks to Giselle for sharing what worked for her as she focussed on her goals step by baby step. Have you had a similar experience? Would love to hear how YOU stayed on track and stopped procrastinating about something that was important to you. Thanks for sharing!