This blog is the summary of notes that we took as we experienced the Tapping World Summit 2012 and it gives our interpretation of the message shared by the key speakers. For more information on this event, please visit the Tapping World Summit 2012 page.
Day 6 – Green Room – The Secret To Overcoming Procrastination – Kate Beeders
Kate Beeders, is a success coach specializing in helping to release blocks faced by many entrepreneurs and give then tangible action steps to move their business forward. She made it clear that procrastination is not bad all the time. It is the feeling that people get for postponing their tasks, or the self-beating that they do for not doing the task and putting it off. Almost all the procrastinations have some kind of fear as a root cause.
Kate shared some amazing statistics to make people aware of what procrastination costs them. For example – In US alone, late filling of taxes costed an average of $400. Money magazine reported that 4 out of 10 people – aged 50 and over, want to cut back hours and retire but they cannot. This and many such numbers say the same story – the habit of procrastination. A great lesson that Kate shared is that people always say they will do it later – but there is no later. The clock doesn’t have a time called as Later. Or the days of the week are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday etc… but not Later. Later never happens.
There are various ways people procrastinate and Kate shared a few examples:
- Pass it on to someone else – not doing the work thinking that someone else will do it anyway.
- Under or Over estimating the work – Avoiding thinking it will take a longer time or start doing it, thinking it will only take 5 mins and as it grows to 15 or 20 mins, leaving it for another day.
- Shinny object syndrome – doing something else instead of the important work and tell ourselves an excuse for being busy doing something else.
- Short break becomes a Long one – Instead of watching 1 TV show, ending up watching 3-4 shows and falling asleep on the couch.
- Unimportant activities – Social media, browsing, un-important phone calls.
But many people are not even aware of the cause of the procrastination or even worse, some are not even aware that by just doing some other work and being busy is actually procrastination of the main task that they have. Kate suggests that we should ask ourselves a question to start off – “What is the downside of completing this project or the task that we are procrastinating.” This will bring the underlying fears on the surface. We need to be non-judgemental and let anything come to our mind. As we start getting the answers, and we see the fears or the thoughts, we can start Tapping on these and reduce those fears.
Kate has a bit different approach for the setup statement. Instead of the traditional way of saying “I am xxxx. I still love and accept myself completely”, Kate uses “I am xxxx, I still want to find a way to love and accept myself.” This way, it doesn’t feel as a lie or a contradiction to the current situation, but still the intention is given out.
Kate also took the audience through some great Tapping sequence to eliminate the reasons of Procrastination – Fear of making mistakes and then Fear of making a decision. There are more Tapping scrips in the workbooks for Fear of Success, Fear of giving control and many more.
3 take-away points from this session:
- Various ways we procrastinate
- The Variation in the setup Statement – “I still want to find a way to love and accept myself”
- Tapping sequences – Kate had some really creative ideas
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