What Really Causes an Entrepreneur to Procrastinate

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Have you ever had a goal that you were super excited about – but once you started to pursue the goal you got distracted by a million other priorities that would steal your attention away? Some might call this a type of procrastination. But in my experience, this is a sign that an entrepreneur has a war going on beneath the surface.

Sometimes the pursuit of a dream goal activates what is known as an internal conflict – one part of you wants one thing and another part of you wants something else.

No, it’s not a multiple personality issue.

This is an issue of having competing or conflicting priorities.

For example, let’s say that you really want to grow your business into high six or seven figures. You and your coach (or team, business partner, etc) develop a strategic plan, create the steps and figure out how you will achieve the goal.

A little fear starts to creep in.

Since you know you want to make more money you push the fear away and go for it.

The following week that little feeling creeps back in. And for some reason all of the tasks you were supposed to take action on take a back seat while you put out fires from your current business offerings.

Procrastination has taken over and your internal war is causing your big vision to stall out.

Weeks go by without much progress.

You start to question your abilities and whether or not this is a good goal to pursue.

The internal war is over and your fear won.

But what was the fear really about? You wanted more money right?

The fear was a subconscious, internal conflict over what you might LOSE if you achieved that goal.

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A part of you really wants to stay safe and the fear is your story about how you might have to give up something else that is important to you – like time to travel or work out, how people see you, or the potential of losing the love and respect of someone you care about.

It’s not rational, or even conscious for most people.

The internal war arises from your limited beliefs which are driven by your internal, deep-rooted MoneyDNA Blueprint (learn what it is with this free downloadable book).

So next time procrastination kicks in (or any other self-sabotaging behavior) don’t just focus on changing your habits. Dig deep and uncover what could be causing your internal war.

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2 Comments

  • Kelli

    June 10, 2014

    Hi Melanie
    Excellent post. I especially love the part about a fear of losing something else by being more successful–like you said, it is not always rational and won’t make sense to our conscious minds, but the rational part of our minds is not the one calling the shots. Everything we do serves some desire or need, we just have to figure out what it is that is tripping us up so we can shift it.

    • Melanie Benson Strick

      June 13, 2014

      Great comment Kelli — you are so right!