Give Your Problems a Deadline

 

Have you been procrastinating about making a decision?   Are you agonizing over it?  Have you weighed all your options and still are in that place of suffering due to indecision?  Maybe you know the choice you need to make but are afraid to set out on that path?

Stop your suffering. Give yourself a realistic deadline to make the decision or to act on the decision you have already made.  This may up your anxiety a little bit, but once you have started taking the steps on the path that decision has made, the anxiety will become less and less. In the end you will be happy you did this.

Try to make a realistic deadline for your problem.  Depending on the decision you need to make or set into motion, try a couple days or the weekend.  If you need longer, like you hate your job, but you don’t want to quit until you have a new one because you need the money.  How long can you tolerate your job?  One month?  Two months?  Give yourself two months to find a new job.  Actively search for 1-2 hours daily for this new job and I can almost guarantee you will have a new job before the two month deadline.

Maybe the problem is more difficult, these will take more resolve but the steps are the same. Set a deadline, make a plan, change your situation.  Remember to set a deadline that works for your situation.  It doesn’t always have to be a date.  You can set it to be a specific amount of money, when you accomplish something, or even when you receive something.   The point is to make the decision and follow through.

This is similar to 1-5-10 year goals. Instead of this is where you want to be, it’s to push yourself to resolve the problem you agonize over. You may be surprised at how well this works. Let us know how well this worked for you.

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