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Neuroscience Says Our Brain Is Wired to Procrastinate

Most of us procrastinate finding ways to avoid doing what we feel and know that would make a huge difference in our lives.

Neuroscience says our brain is wired to procrastinate. Our limbic system is this part of the brain that helps control our behavioral and emotional responses and playing a key role in our survival adaptation. Our limbic system only focuses on the proximate and immediate, on the present, on the “Now” moment. By contrast, our neocortex is this part of human brains that deals with higher-order brain functions like cognition, spatial reasoning, language and making decisions that affect our future.

While our neocortex realizes and is telling us that we have to do something about our live, our limbic system prevents us, to take immediate action. That is why we procrastinate: our limbic system and neocortex are always engaged in a constant battle, one that the limbic often wins unless we find ways to take it out of the equation or fool it into thinking it is winning.

The key to procrastination avoidance is to find a way to align all possible future outcomes with our present and actual outcomes; to make something now that we know is good for us in the long run and also feel good in the short term.

How do we do this?

First, we have to shift our focus from the future to the present. We have to find ways to trigger the “now” portion of your brain. Then, we have to modify our goals without upsetting our limbic system. The goal is to avoid our limbic system influence and interference completely. If there are recurring tasks we often put off, we have to find ways to automate them. This way, our limbic system will no longer get involved in our decision-making process and the things we want to do will always get done. The other thing we want to do is to adopt and follow the 5-Minutes Rule.

If we resent doing something, we have to make a deal with yourself to give it at least five minutes of our time. In most cases, after five minutes doing what we resent to do, we will end up doing the whole thing. Once we get started, something magical happens: We realize that what we were afraid of starting is not so scary after all. The endorphins kick in. Our mental muscles warm up. Our limbic system loves that feeling and we end up completing the task at hand.

When you are struggling to get started, do not think about all the work involved. Just give it five good minutes of your time. That will quiet your limbic system and the magic will happen. From there, it will be all downhill.

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The real message is that people need to get more engaged in planning what they want their future to look like.

The magic number for retirement savings in Canada is $756,000 and, while that is the average amount Canadians believe they need to save for retirement, up to 90 per cent do not have a formal plan on how to get there.

A majority of Canadians, 53 per cent, are not sure whether they are saving enough during their work years. 37 per cent are not even thinking about retirement, pretexting they just cannot save.

This situation is even worse for women: only 22 per cent have a formal retirement plan or even have a good idea of how much income they will need, versus 32 per cent of men. By age fifty-five, 43 per cent of women and 27 per cent of men lack a retirement and transition plan. The real message buried in these statistics is that people need to get more engaged in planning what they want their future to look like.

There is no longer a magic age 65 or 55 when we are all going to quit work cold turkey and do something completely different. We are living longer, and a prosperous middle-class is realizing that retirement is about the journey, not the destination.

The same is to be said about all business owners. The average organization has undergone five enterprise changes in the past three years and 73 per cent of organizations expect more change initiatives in the next few years. Unfortunately, many organizations fail to implement change effectively. In fact, only a third of change efforts are clear successes, 16 per cent show mixed results, and half of them are clear failures.

Today, people of all ages, men and women, all business owners and all business organizations need to get more engaged in planning what they want their future to look like. The problem: most people are wearing to many hats and are overwhelmed with daily responsibilities and accountabilities so that by age 55 or 65 fewer people can afford to retire to enjoy what could have been their preferred future.

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Stop spending most of your productive time attending to other people’s priorities.

Not planning your week is bad. Planning your week without taking your personal priorities in consideration is even worse. It means you will be able to handle everything “on your plate” but you won’t actually make any progress towards your own goals. Stop spending most of your productive time attending to other people’s priorities.

Your main priorities shall be everything about YOU and YOUR goals. Unless you proactively block time for them and consistently choose to prioritize them, you are in a reactive state where you are only following everyone else’s priorities.

Have you heard of the Eisenhower or Urgent vs. Important Matrix?

It is a really powerful tool that can multiply your effectiveness tenfold. It consists of 4 quadrants that classify your daily activities according to two parameters: level of urgency and level of importance.

For most people it looks like this:

You want to be productive! Spend 80% of your time in quadrant II of the Matrix.

This will allow you to pro-actively work on new opportunities and high-leverage projects instead of spending all your time reacting to pressing issues and other people’s needs. As a result, you will be able to make significant progress towards your goals, actively prevent crisis from happening and lead a more balanced, calm and focused life.

Prioritize all your actions according to YOUR GOALS.

Which actions and projects to prioritize should be based on what is working and beneficial towards achieving your goals and not what you feel like doing.

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EMPOWERING YOURSELF Has Nothing To Do With HAVING time. It Is Everything About MAKING Time.

Get your priorities straight!

How are you supposed to know the right path when you have no idea where you want to go or what you want to do?

Setting goals that are important to you is the first step to getting your priorities straight. Once you know what you really want to achieve, it is really easy to prioritize everything in your life and the only thing you ever need to ask yourself before considering doing anything is: “How is this helping me achieve my goals?”

Starting your day checking your emails or chatting at the coffee machine will make it hard for you to gather the focus and motivation you need to tackle your most important tasks and projects at hand later in the day.

It does not matter WHEN you wake up. What matters is what you do when you wake up, what you do with the first two to three hours of your day. Putting in the work towards your goals will help you win the day early.

Postponing your most important tasks until later in the day will dramatically increase the likelihood of not getting them done at all.

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Get Your Priorities Straight!

How on earth are you supposed to know the right path when you have no idea where you want to go or what you want to do?

Setting goals that are important to you is the first step to getting your priorities straight. Once you know what you really want to achieve, it is really easy to prioritize everything in your life and the only thing you ever need to ask yourself before considering doing anything is: “How is this helping me achieve my goals?”

If you say “YES” to everything, you don’t have any priorities. You get distracted and will never achieve any of your life goals. If you say “YES” to the wrong things, you go against your life priorities.

Saying “NO” over and over again to everything that is distracting you from your life aligned priorities is the only way to empower yourself and entitle you to live the life of your dreams, to live your preferred future.

Obvious instant-gratification activities like sitting in front of the TV set, partying for the sake of partying, unrelated goals meetings, calls, articles or online courses that will never help you achieve your goals are to be barred from your agenda or “To Do” list.

Starting your day checking your emails or chatting at the coffee machine will make it hard for you to gather the focus and motivation you need to tackle your most important tasks and projects at hand later in the day.

It does not matter WHEN you wake up. What matters is what you do when you wake up, what you do with the first two to three hours of your day. Putting in the work towards your goals will help you win the day early.

Postponing your most important tasks until later in the day will dramatically increase the likelihood of not getting them done at all.

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“All reinvention requires change. But not all changes are a reinvention”

Most people want to be better. They want to live better lives, be happier, and have better relationships. But most people are horrible at execution and not everyone get the opportunity to reinvent themselves.

If you are in your thirties and you did not already met success, chances are, if you don’t decide to reinvent yourself now, that you will never be successful at anything.

The difference between change and reinvention

All reinvention requires change. But not all changes are a reinvention.

You lose your job; your spouse dies; you suffer a critical injury; you make a drastic personal or professional mistake; your girlfriend dumps you; your boyfriend or spouse is cheating on you, these are examples of situations that call for “Reactive Reinvention”.

Reactive reinvention occurs when an external event occurs and forces you to change in order to move forward. The event being irreversible, you cannot go backward.

You want a new job; you want to start a business; you want to live healthier; you want to run a marathon; you want to learn a new skill; you want to start a new relationship; you want to do something that you have never done before; you want to do something that no one has ever done before, this is the land of visionaries, romantics and entrepreneurs, who believe that there is a better way to live. This is the land of “Proactive Reinvention

Proactive reinvention is the land of visionaries, romantics and entrepreneurs where you intentionally change your way of life in order to capitalize on a trend or an opportunity.

There is also the land of failure; the land of “Reflective Reinvention”. Reflective reinvention occurs when you fail at something, but you still have a strong desire to continue in that particular endeavour.

You fail at launching a new business or finishing first in this athletic competition, but you still have this strong desire to win, to be this successful entrepreneur. You fail repeatedly; you fail over and over, but you still have that strong desire to make it.

At this stage, the key to reinvention and transformation at this stage is: to “Change Something About Yourself and the only way to change this something about yourself is to reflect on your situation and then, to make the required necessary changes in yourself that will allow you to win.

What would be your best possible strategy for 2018?

You want to change, you want to reinvent yourself! You need to find out what would be the best possible strategy that will work for you.

If you are in a situation where you need to “Reactively Reinvent Yourself”, you will be facing and having to deal with an enormous amount of negative energy motivation and emotions. You will have to channel all this negative energy into an activity that will motivate you without harming you.

If you are in a situation where you need to “Reflectively Reinvent Yourself”, you will need to look for information, data, answers and insights from outside yourself. You will have to admit that you do not have all the answers and that you may be hampered by your own vision.

In most situations, if you are unhappy about the way you live, the way things are going in your life, if you are struggling through life, instead of blaming everybody else other than yourself for your mishaps and miseries, you will need to either “Change Things About Yourself” or more often, to “Totally Reinvent Yourself”.

All reinvention requires change. But not all changes are a reinvention.

You want to know more about “Change” and “Reinvention”!

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“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.” – Isaac Newton

There is something called “Collective Intelligence”

Humans have been around for approximately 200,000 years, but up until about 70,000 years ago, we weren’t too different from any of the other animals in our impact on the environment.

Then, in a relatively short period, we became the dominant predator on Earth. A few 10,000 years later, we began settling into agricultural communities, and less than 9,000 years after that, we learned to write. Since then, our rate of progress has only gotten faster.

The modern world we enjoy today is inconceivably different from the world we’ve lived in for the majority of our existence.

What changed?

The answer lies in our ability to pass down knowledge.

Nothing Is Entirely Original

When most of us think about a discovery or an invention, we think of something new; something that did not exist before; something that seemingly came up to us out of thin air.

That is not an entirely accurate way of looking at it.

No discovery or invention is completely original: Any new idea, process, or method is in some way a combination of old concepts and information. Discoveries are never a product of pure single-handed originality.

There is no copyright on intelligence

Our humanoid prosperity as a species rests on our collective intelligence. Alone, and without the power of past knowledge, we would not be where we are today. Individually, we have to rely on others more than to depend on ourselves.

None of us can do it alone, and we do not have to. The intelligent creative process is nothing else than a way of finding relationships between people, between intelligentsia and what is already known.

Yes indeed, there is something called “Collective Intelligence” and by definition, everything that is “collective” does not carry individual ownership.

There is inspiration to be found everywhere.

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