Episode 331: [PROCRASTINATION SERIES] How To Become A Non-Procrastinator In 3 Simple Steps

Episode 331: [PROCRASTINATION SERIES] How To Become A Non-Procrastinator In 3 Simple Steps

Until you start thinking of yourself as a non-procrastinator, you’ll always be left wondering how long your latest burst of productivity will last. That’s why I’m sharing the 3 simple steps to becoming a non-procrastinator in the 5th and final part of my procrastination series.

You don’t have to wait to stop procrastinating before you start thinking of yourself as a non-procrastinator. In fact, you won’t stop procrastinating UNTIL you start thinking of yourself that way. In the episode I share why this is the case and exactly what to do.

In This Episode You’ll Learn:

  • Why you need to plan properly as a perfectionist to become a non-procrastinator
  • The reason you should aim for 80% follow through (for needle movers and clean rest)
  • Why resting without guilt is part of becoming a non-procrastinator
  • How PGSD will get you out of your own way and the sign up details

PGSD is opening to new students on 27 April 2022:
The PGSD Process will get you out of your own way in your business and have you making more money more easily. The doors to Perfectionists Getting Shit Done will be opening at 6am New York time on 27 April and closing at 11:59pm New York time on 3 May 2022. To find out more about the program and be the first to know when the doors open, join the waitlist here: samlaurabrown.com/pgsd.

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As the 5th and final part in my series on how to become a non-procrastinator, this episode walks you through the complete process for becoming a non-procrastinator and shares how PGSD will get you out of your own way.


Hi, and welcome to another episode of The Perfectionism Project. A podcast full of perfectionism advice for entrepreneurs. My name is Sam Laura Brown, I help entrepreneurs release their perfectionism handbrake, so they can get out of their own way and build a fulfilling and profitable business. I’m the founder of the perfectionist getting shit done group coaching program, which is otherwise known as PGSD. And for even more perfectionism advice to help you with your business, you can follow me on Instagram @perfectionismproject.

This episode is the fifth and final part in this series on procrastination. We have been talking about procrasti-working, which is when working becomes a form of procrastination. There is busy work, there’s overwork, there’s under work, and very specific things you can do to stop yourself procrasti-working or more specifically, reduce procrasti-working, because zero procrastination is not the goal.

So in earlier episodes, in this series, we talked about the three types of procrasti-working that I’ve just named before. The procrastination is not a problem, it’s a sign that you have a highly intelligent brain that we are just focused on, following through with our plans 80% of the time. So planning properly, follow through 80%. And then resting without guilt and repeating that zero procrastination is not the goal, it is not necessary to achieve our goals.

And that when you notice yourself procrasti-working, you’re going to do the procrastination pick me up. So I shared the prompts for that in the third episode of this series. And then in the fourth part, we talked about why clean rest is essential when it comes to reducing procrasti-working and getting out of your own way in your business. So that you can achieve your goals and make more money and have more impact. Whilst enjoying the journey of building your business. Enjoying the day to day, even through the inevitable ups and downs.

Having a better relationship with yourself, being able to trust yourself and have your own back and not beat yourself up. All of these things are the result of doing this work. And this is what we do inside PGSD. You will be gaining mastery over the PGSD process. You’ll be guided through that you will get all the coaching and support that you need. And he will take everything that you have learned from this procrastination series from intellectual knowledge and understanding to somebody that you are implementing and embodying.

If you have found that you are doing a lot of procrasti-learning, so that’s a kind of procrasti-working, that you learn things as a form of procrastination, and you don’t tend to implement them. So you know a lot about personal development. You know a lot about business. But your life isn’t a reflection of what you know that you can share different concepts with friends and family members, and you can journal about it. But you’re not actually doing the things that you know you need to do.

I invite you to join us inside PGSD. The doors are opening very soon, at 6am, New York time on the 27th of April, and the doors will be closing, enrollment will be closing at 11:59pm on the Third of May. So you can go to samlaurabrown.com/pgsd to sign up, the link will be there for you in the show notes. So I really again, want to invite you to join us inside PGSD to do this work, to embody this work, so that you are getting out of your own way in your business, showing up fully actually reaching your potential when it comes to business.

This is something I haven’t really talked too much on in this series. But we perfectionist tend to protect our potential that we don’t give a full effort so that we can blame lack of effort for lack of results instead of having to blame ourselves and our own inadequacies. And that we therefore don’t try fully. We’re often half assed in the business. And that might not mean that we’re doing a lot of blatant procrastination, like scrolling through Instagram, there may be there’s some of that too. But we are spending a lot of time procrasti-working, so that if the business isn’t growing as quickly as we’re telling ourselves it should, we don’t feel as bad about it because we can tell ourselves well I do know I need to be selling you know my service is better or selling the product they have better or actually updating the sales page or like we know we tell ourselves like if I was actually doing the needle movers of
my business would be more successful.

Instead of doing the needle movers and being with ourselves and having our own back through the journey of showing up fully, and that sometimes getting the result we want, and sometimes not getting the result we want. So in PGSD, we’re doing that work to release our perfectionism handbrake. And we do that by getting our perfectionist mindset on our side and getting into a growth mindset. And the process for that is planning properly, as a perfectionist, I’m going to go into that a little bit more in this episode, what that entails.

And then it’s following through with your plans 80% of the time. And resting without guilt, and repeating. That is the process. And that is what you’ll be embodying and implementing in PGSD which will have you actually pursuing your potential instead of protecting it, because you’re scared to find out that you’re not actually as good at business, as you have told yourself that you are, you’re not actually as smart, or as intelligent as you have led yourself and lead others to believe.

So we really want to have you and this is what we’re all doing inside PGSD, we are pursuing our potential and really seeing what we can achieve. And it’s so fun. Because there’s always more than we thought was possible, we set our growth goal above what we believe is possible for ourselves. So that we have an incredible tool, along with Power Planning and clean rest to do this work to get out of our own way and blowing our own minds on what we can achieve and how we can achieve it without burning out, without having to sacrifice our values or the lifestyle that we want.

And it’s really about letting yourself pursue your potential. Making a decision that you’re going to do that. And you’re not going to keep protecting your potential and playing small and hiding and wishing you had more time and wishing you had more followers and wishing and wishing and wishing. We’re not doing any of that anymore. Join us in PGSD, you will be pursuing your potential. And there’s going to be highs and lows that come along with that. And that’s why having support, having community, having coaching available to you on an ongoing basis. It makes such a difference. So join us, samlaurabrown.com/pgsd, I really want to make sure you know you are invited to join us.

So in this episode, we are going to be talking about how to become a non procrastinator in three simple steps. Those three simple steps are the steps that I have shared, plan properly, follow through 80% of the time, rest without guilt, and repeat. And I’m going to be talking specifically in this episode about the self image and identity of being a non procrastinator. Why that is so important. This is a piece of the puzzle that is often missed, and is why you can not procrastinate for a few weeks. And then you find yourself procrastinating again, even though you really felt like you had gotten to the other side. And you had made so much progress that maybe, for example, an example of procrastination might be scrolling through Instagram, that more blatant procrastination, that you find yourself not checking your phone, except for when you plan to for three weeks.

And then you start checking it again, every 17 minutes and seeing who has DM, doing/seeing who’s commented and you don’t reply. You don’t know what to say he’s gonna reply later you leave it unread. But you’re just checking in to see how things are going to see if you’re getting likes to see if there’s engagement to see, if you should delete that post, to see if it’s getting views your stories. So if that is going on for you if you’re noticing that pattern, or you’ll be doing a lot of the courageous needle movers or tedious or new needle movers that you need to do to move your business forward and to grow.

And then a few weeks later, maybe a few days later, it could be a few months later, you start doing more busy work or under work or overwork. Then something that you need to work on intentionally is your self image and creating the identity of a non procrastinator. So specifically in the PGSD process, we cover self image in module eight. And as I’ve shared that work that we’re doing with planning properly, following through 80% of the time, resting without guilt and repeating. That alone is going to have you doing a lot of the self image work without you even intentionally doing it. And then as you are beyond your first three months in PGSD, you’ve made the three month commitment, you’ve learned how to plan properly.

Then if you choose to, you can go and do that specific work on self image. And I’m going to share more about that later in the episode of how that works when you join PGSD and what you’ll be focusing on, so you know the steps that you’ll be following and what that will look like for you. But there’s so many ways in PGSD to work on creating this identity and self image of a non procrastinator, we’ve set up the whole program to help you create this without you even realizing it.

I love you know how there’s that saying like, the universe is conspiring in your favor. PGSD is conspiring in your favor, there are so many things that are baked into the process and the way that we run coaching calls and the way that we reply to things in the PGSD forum, and all of these different elements that you probably wouldn’t realize are set up to get you into a growth mindset, to get your perfectionist mindset on your side. So you can release your perfectionism handbrake and get out of your own way.

So the self image of a non procrastinator, I’m going to talk first of all that self image what that is, in case you don’t know. And then we’re going to be talking about a non procrastinator, I’ve already introduced this idea a bit in this series, but I want to go into it in a little more detail. So what is self image? Self image is the story you tell about yourself to yourself. It’s how you finish the sentence I am, I’m the kind of person who, I always, I never. Those kinds of statements create our self image and a lot of these statements. Like someone, I always have a morning coffee, that might seem like an observation.

But it’s actually part of your self image that you always have morning coffee, because there might be some mornings, you don’t have a morning coffee, but you believe you always have a morning coffee. And so you will continue to do that. To be right about who you are. We humans, we love certainty. And we specially love certainty about ourselves. So we have these stories that we create, and we live in accordance with them. So that there’s not all this extra uncertainty on top of what’s already going on in our life.

So when it comes to your self image, something that really helped me and I hope this example helps to show how this works. And how you can intentionally do this again, in module eight of the PGSD process, we go into this, there are nine modules in the PGSD process, by the way, so when you join, you will just focus on the first three, which will have you planning properly as perfectionist, and then you can go and dive into the other ones later.

But something that really helped me, really get how important self image was, and that it’s possible to do intentional work to change your self image. I’ve shared this before on the podcast. But I don’t think for quite a while that I first did this work on self image, once I really realized that this was such an important piece of doing this work on perfectionism and showing up in the way you want to show up is that I took a belief unrelated to business that I had about myself, that was part of my self image. And I tested it.

And that belief that I had. It’s funny now because I’m so out of this belief that even thinking of exactly how it was, is challenging. But the belief was along the lines of, I can’t look after plants, like I have a brown bomb, like I just I kill every indoor plant that I get. And a lot of people have this belief. I’ve heard a lot of people saying this as well. And I too was saying I just love plants, but I can’t keep them alive to save my life. That was my story.

And it didn’t feel like a story. It felt like an observation, a fact, I bought a lot of plants in my lifetime. And very few of them had survived. So my brain thought my brain actually thought, none have survived. And if they have it’s been out of neglect, and not out of me caring. And I wish I could I just wish I could keep these plants alive. So I started experimenting with this. And I just started telling myself, I take really good care of my plants, or something along those lines, that I am someone who knows how to look after plants, who looks after their plants.

And every time I saw a plant because I mean if you have this belief, this self image that you kill every plant, what do you do? You don’t water until it’s past dead, and you’re like why isn’t it continuing to thrive? So that’s what I was doing. I would see a dead plant or a plant that was starting to die I’d be like I should water that later. I’ll water that later. And all of that, subconsciously reaffirming this self image that I’m just bad at looking after the plant.

So I started just telling myself and running this thought through my mind that I am good at looking after plants, I take great care of them. And I didn’t do anything crazy. I just started anytime to your plant if I remember telling myself that I am great at looking after plants. And what happened was that without even needing to force myself, I started watering plants before they were dying. While they were still looked good, I even watered plants. And I started actually creating a schedule for, Okay, I need to water the plants once a week. And actually some of these plants are in the wrong spot. They need indirect sunlight and they’re in direct sunlight. But when I believed that I wasn’t good at looking after plants, I hadn’t even researched it. And I would just go out.

And here in Australia, we have Bunnings. And I’d go to Bunnings, which is like a big hardware store. And I’d see all these plants be like oh my god, yes, I have to buy that plant. And I wouldn’t even take a second to consider where that plant needed to go. To be able to thrive. What kind of pot to have it in the soil like anything like that was like that looks cute. I’ll put that on my desk in this cute pot. Oh, why is it dead? And I haven’t watered it. I wonder why that could be. But I wouldn’t do any research. And it was something strenuous. But I wouldn’t even do a little bit. I would just water it based on does it look like it’s dying yet or not. And if it was dying, then it’s like, okay, well, soon, I should water it.

And a whole other range of habits that I hadn’t even noticed was stemming from this belief of I’m bad with plants, I kill every plant that I own. So when I started just telling myself, I’m good with plants, I created a schedule. Once a week, I go around and I water all the plants, I stopped buying plants. And this was so interesting, because if I was someone who’s bad with plants, and then I’m forcing myself to create a watering schedule, then I wouldn’t have followed it for more than a couple of weeks.

And you might be like this with procrastination. Or if you think about any other habits, say maybe running, for example, health and fitness, it’s always great for examples with this kind of thing that you can get yourself to do it for a couple of weeks, or a couple of days, maybe even a few months. But beyond that, you just fall back into your old habits. That’s a sign that there’s some self image work to do that.

So previously, as a bad plant owner, I had tried things like watering my plants, and I couldn’t get myself to stick to it. I kept forgetting and I kept ignoring that I had planned to do that. But then when I changed the belief that the action flowed from, and I, in my mind felt delusional, telling myself like I’m good with plants, because that hadn’t been my experience. Because of the self image, my brain had ignored all these times that I had actually kept a plant alive and just put that down to good luck. But when I had this belief of maybe I’m actually good with plants. And with self image stuff too.

If it’s too much to get yourself all the way to like I’m good with plants, we’re going to relate this back to business in a second, but I’m good with plants, then maybe I’m good with plants, maybe I do know a thing or two about them. Maybe I do know how to keep them alive. So I started buying plants, like my desire to buy plants dramatically reduced. And it went into I’m gonna make sure I’m taking excellent care of all the plants I own before I buy any new plants.

And again, I didn’t intentionally have that plant, I didn’t give myself a rule of I’m not allowed to go plant shopping, which is the kind of rule that a person who’s not good with plants would make, someone who is good with plants doesn’t need that rule. Because they’re good with plants, they’re not going to buy plants that they can’t look after. That’s just not who they are. So through going through this experience and just starting to tell myself I’m really good with plants and noticing how without willpower or force, my action started to change to the point now where it’s just part of who I am. I’m not having to think about it.

And I did this a few years ago. So I think I took a few weeks of telling myself that I’m feeling a bit delusional and then I started to notice my actions changing and that created more evidence for my new belief. It’s so important though to not go well. It’s silly to believe I’m good with plants because I’m not. I’ve killed all these plants. Again, confirmation bias. Your reticular activating system, your brain is ignoring all of the evidence that you’re the kind of person you want to be.

So for example with procrastination, if you tell yourself you’re a procrastinator, you’re not good at following through, your brain is going to ignore all of the evidence that isn’t the case, it’s going to ignore all the times you didn’t procrastinate, it’s going to all ignore all the times that you did follow through with your plans. So that you can be right about who you are, we love being right about who we are. Part of the human condition. And it’s so powerful because we can use it to our advantage. And in this case, we can use it to our advantage to become a non procrastinator.

So I went through that experience. And I realized that if we present our brain with a new option for our self image, with a new story we can live into and we just, you know, let it ruminate, let our brain play with it, and give ourselves a little prompt. So for example, with me, when I saw a plant, it was telling myself, Okay, I’m someone who’s good with plants, and then just tell yourself that enough times, and you will start acting in accordance with it, it’s actually insane. And I love that. I tried it with something that wasn’t related to the business, because it was just a little innocuous little experiment.

And it was so powerful to just witness that firsthand. And that’s what really sold me on doing this when it came to the business. And I have really reaped the rewards of doing that. So let’s talk about self image then, as it relates to becoming a non procrastinator. So right now, you might be telling yourself, like I was telling myself, I’m bad with plants, you might be telling, so I’m bad with follow through, or, I work a lot, but I’m just someone who is always behind in their business, I’m someone who’s overwhelmed.

These are all parts of being in that identity of being a procrastinator. And I’m going to speak in a second on the identity of being a perfectionist, because you might be thinking, Well, should I be telling myself I’m a perfectionist, so I’m just going to briefly touch on that. But when you are telling yourself that you’re just not good with follow through, you’re just not good at following plans, you love planning, but you’re not good at implementing them, you keep falling off the wagon, you’re all or nothing, all those kinds of things, you will keep experiencing that. And we want to instead have our belief shift before our actions do. Knowing that it’s going to feel a little delusional to start thinking of yourself as a non procrastinator.

And knowing that you are for a little while going to be in cognitive dissonance, which is where your brain is believing two contradictory things at once, and then it wants to go back to the belief it’s more familiar with, which is I’m a procrastinator, I’m someone who gets overwhelmed, not good at following through. I never rest those kinds of things, we want to just know it’s going to be a bit uncomfortable for our brain to do this, and that’s okay, that’s part of it. That’s normal.

So we want to start creating this identity of being a non procrastinator. So a non procrastinator isn’t someone who’s perfect and never ever procrastinate or never ever procrasti-works, you don’t need to be procrastinating 0% of the time to identify yourself as a non procrastinator. A non procrastinator is someone who follows through more often than not. So I love that as a definition of consistency, it’s about more often than not doing the thing rather than it being about 100% compliance, 100% follow through. 80% is a great aim. But even just focusing on 50 or more, more often than not, you can call yourself a non procrastinator.

Someone who rest without guilt, someone who’s practicing resting without guilt. Again, you don’t have to be perfect at it. But someone who’s aware of resting without guilt of clean rest, who’s putting it in their calendar, who’s getting it at least some of the time aiming for 80%, but it doesn’t have to be 80% to close off a non procrastinator, someone who’s kind to themselves when they procrastinate because they know it’s not who they are.

And I gave in a previous episode, the example of someone who’s a runner, if they don’t go running for a month, they’re still allowed to call themselves a runner. And they’re going to be pulled back into going for a run even if they don’t feel motivated because they are a runner. And this is another one that I have done work with in terms of self image that I used to believe I’m not a runner, had a lot of evidence for that I wasn’t particularly fast. I wasn’t particularly interested in it. But I wanted to be and so I did the work to start thinking of myself as a runner. And now which is so interesting, like it’s crazy how this works.

Now I can go for a run drama free, like the other day two days ago. I finished work and I was like I’m actually just gonna go for a run. And I went for a run. And there was no drama. And I done a peloton class during that day. And I was like, No, I actually just need to get some fresh air. And enjoy going for a run, I didn’t have any music playing. I just took our dog and our friend’s dog who’s here at the moment as well. Went for a run then hangout with Steve and Lydia. Like, it wasn’t a thing, I didn’t have all this drama about should I go. I’m a runner, I go for a run. That doesn’t mean I run all the time. That doesn’t mean I run every week. It doesn’t even mean I run every month. But I am a runner. And so we want to have the same thing happen with being a non procrastinator. Or if you want to have a different word for that you’re more than welcome to.

But really seeing yourself as that person, even if you’re not being perfect. Being a non procrastinator, you don’t need to be perfect at it. And I just want to touch on being a perfectionist and the self image stuff around that. And the way I think about it, is that I’m much more focused on perfectionism and the language around it and all of that as being a way to gain access to solutions. And also a way to remind myself that I’m not the only one because there’s a word for it. So that must mean I’m not the only one.

And that we it’s easy to say okay, well I don’t give myself that label. I’m gonna call myself a recovering perfectionist, which you’re more than welcome to. You call yourself whatever you want to and there are quite a few PGSDers who refer to themselves as a recovering perfectionist, so it makes it sound like there’s an addiction there, which there isn’t any way to say no. And I love to just talk about perfectionism as it being the perfectionism handbrake, everyone has a perfectionism handbrake, and it’s just a matter of learning how to release it.

If your perfectionism handbrake has been on, it’s most likely because you have not been planning properly as a perfectionist you’ve been following advice. It doesn’t work for perfectionist when it comes to productivity, when it comes to follow through, when it comes to procrastination. And also it feels safe right now for you to have that perfectionism handbrake on, because at different times in your life that has really served you and now we’re just learning how to release that perfectionism handbrake and have it feel safe to do so.

So perfectionism, it’s just a set of beliefs. It’s just a way of thinking, we are not perfectionism, and that’s why I love thinking of it as the perfectionism handbrake, because that’s not me. And I know I use the term being a perfectionist and that kind of thing. And it’s really up to you what you choose to do with that. But if you’re thinking about perfectionism, not as the thing that you need to recover from, or not as this personality defect or something that needs to be fixed, then it can be empowering to have that self image, as you’re also doing the work to release your handbrake and get out of your own way, but really been focused on being the non procrastinator, being someone who does things at the first opportunity. Being someone who is here are some other options. Courageous, resilient, growth minded, you can play around with what word you want to focus on for yourself.

But generally speaking, we’re just going to refer to it as being a non procrastinator. And that is what we want to have you been focused on, so that as you reduce your procrasti-working, and you also reduce other kinds of procrastination as well. You don’t go back to procrastination, to prove to yourself that your story is true, that you are someone who procrastinate, it’s so magnetic. This is why people who lose weight, gain it back. This is why people who quit smoking, start smoking again, because our story about who we are, it doesn’t just magically change, when we change the way that we’re showing up.

And unless we do the work, to normalize that new reality for ourselves and to identify with that being normal for us, we are going to go back to what we believe are normal as it’s like that homeostasis, that we are going to return to our normal and celebrating is something that helps normalize your self image, celebrating yourself along the way for wins, big and small. And also, in PGSD, we talk about upper limit problems and that kind of thing, doing the work with that. But we want to have you really being conscious of your self image as it relates to procrastination and procrasti-working. This is why it’s so important not to have this story that you shouldn’t be procrasti-working at all and this is shameful, guilty pleasure kind of thing.

That No, it’s just part of being human. And you’re a non procrastinator. And sometimes you procrasti-work or procrastinate just like how sometimes a runner doesn’t go for a run. It’s all okay, it’s all part of it. So the PGSD process is really going to help you with this. And I’m just going to go into how each part of it does help. So planning properly as a perfectionist. This is going to help you to really get clear on when you are procrastinating and procrasti-working and when you aren’t unless you have a clear goal, and clear plans. And I’ve talked about this already in this series. So I’m not going to labor the point here that if you aren’t clear about that, then you’re not going to be able to tell what is procrastination and what isn’t, especially since we perfectionist entrepreneurs love procrasti-working, and productive procrastination.

So if you just look at well, I’m working on my business every day. That’s not to say you’re not procrastinating. And we want to have you having your week, your month, your quarter your year, set up in a way that you know exactly what you need to work on, you know what’s a priority and what isn’t. And you can catch yourself when you’re getting in your own way. And you can follow the process that I shared in the third part of this series that procrastination picked me up. And you can also use other tools that we have in PGSD, to help you when you notice yourself sabotaging you can get code you can get support in the PGSD forum.

But without a growth goal, which I won’t go into too much here. But your growth goal is a 12 month goal, its revenue based, it is set a bit above what you believe is possible for yourself so that you need to grow in order to achieve it. Then you have your power planning, that’s your Power Hour, little tweaks and weekly review. Your Power Hour combined with clean rest, those two are going to get you to your quarterly milestones and get you to your growth goal. And they’re going to be having you get your perfectionist mindset on your side so you can get out of your own way.

So planning properly as a perfectionist is where it all begins. And inside PGSD that’s what you spend your first three months, really focusing on, you’re making that three month commitment, and setting your growth goal. You can have that reviewed in the PGSD forum, you can get coached on it if you need to. Sometimes we have a lot of beliefs about goals and needs to pick the right one and all of that kind of things to get coaching on that your power planning and your clean rest. And then, after you have started planning properly, and it’s a practice, I’m still going through that practice.

But you don’t need to be perfect at it to really see dramatic differences in your business results. How much money you’re making, how many customers or clients you have, how much you’re enjoying it the day to day of your business, reducing burn out, eliminating burn out which 100% as possible. I myself have done that after years of being in that cycle of leaving things to the last minute and then doing it all in a frenzy and then burning out and repeating that which I mean I got good grades in uni doing that. But we really want to have you while you are planning properly as a perfectionist.

And then after that, you will every quarter focus on a different area that you will be paying attention to as you are pursuing your growth goal. And as you are doing your power planning and getting clean rest. So just to share what some of these are, overwhelmed, procrastination, burnout. So those are related to productivity and then related to persistence. We have self trust, self image and self confidence. So say for example, if you chose that after your first few months in PGSD, you’re going to focus specifically on procrasti-working.

And it’s not to say you can’t look at that during your first three months. But if like okay, this is something that I’ve been doing, and this is something that I really want to make a lot of progress with, then you will go through that module which is very brief. This program is designed for people who have shit to do in their life and who are also most of our PGSDers in a marketing program or things like that as well. So you will then watch that module, you can listen to our on the private podcast if you want to.

And then during your Power Hour and your weekly review, you will be thinking about that specifically and working on that specific area and using your growth goal and power planning as in clean rest as a tool to do that. So when you’re following through with your plans 80% of the time, that is really to help you to not be in an all or nothing mindset about follow through and that you can only be a non procrastinator, when you are following through perfectly. And if you’re not following through perfectly, then you may as well not follow through it all. And you may as well just ditch your plans until Monday. And then you can start over fresh, we focus on following through more often than not, and the content of your plan.

So these are going to be full of your commitments, clean rests and needle movers, that a lot of PGSDers as I said, in a marketing program, and this is providing them with the recommendations in terms of things like what to offer, what to say on their sales page, the pricing, all those different kinds of things. The strategies to use. And our PGSDers are using PGSD to implement what they have learned about marketing and about selling and about business, so that it goes beyond intellectual knowledge, and then actually doing what they know that they need to do.

Also, the PGSD process as well, is going to help you build yourself trust and be able to access your own answers. So you don’t have to just blindly follow what someone else is saying, to do with your business that you can take someone’s program, and be committed to doing that. And at the same time, you can really be in tune with what’s best for you, what’s best for your business, and to really have your own back and to have responsibility as well, instead of like, well, this process doesn’t work that this marketing person taught me. So I’m going to try and find someone else to really take responsibility to do the work you need to do, and to really refine and hone your own wisdom.

And instead of needing to go and rewatch that marketing lesson from the program you’re in, during your lunch break, when you’re eating your lunch at your desk, you can really turn inward and say, okay, based on what I have already learned, what would I do in this situation, and really get into that before going outward, and that is going to speed everything up in your business. So again, we want to be defining consistency as following through more often than not, because this is going to help you create the self image of a non procrastinator, which again means that as you are reducing the amount of procrastination and procrasti-working that you’re doing, you’re not going to self sabotage and go back to your procrastinating behaviors.

Because that’s what’s normal for you, you’re going to have a new normal, where you’re a non procrastinator, so you won’t need to use willpower to keep on not procrastinating. When it comes to blatant forms of procrastination, you won’t need to delete Instagram off your phone or use internet blockers. Because you’re a non procrastinator. Non procrastinators don’t use those things. And this is why it’s so helpful to have strategies. And this is what I’ve been sharing in this series, to stop yourself from procrastinating as much that go beyond just trying to control the environment around you. Because any time you have a strategy to help with procrastination that’s based on changing your environment, it is reinforcing the self image that you’re a procrastinator. Because only a procrastinator would need to change their environment in order to not procrastinate.

And we’re also thinking it didn’t work at all when there are lots of parts of it that did work. So we want to really be embodying what we’ve been talking about in this procrastination series and what we talk about here on the podcast. And PGSD is a way to do that. Again, the doors open 27th of April at 6am, New York time closing on the Third of May at 11:59pm, New York time, samlaurabrown.com/pgsd is where you can sign up once the doors open, where you can find out more if the doors are not open when you listen to this, that’s where you can join the waitlist.

So you will have access to coaching and support that’s going to help you understand yourself and your perfectionism handbrake at a deeper level. So it’s easy to release, you’ll be surrounded by a community who are doing this work and hearing you on along the way. And who will lovingly call you out if it’s needed. And I say that because if you listen to this podcast, then you do like being called out because I get so many DMS from people who will like oh my God, I feel so called out but I also like it like I feel seen and like oh my god but also it’s like you enjoy that little kick in the pants, you will get that inside PGSD from other PGSDers we are such a nurturing safe community for you to be doing this work in.

But that doesn’t mean that we cuddle each other or that we you know are doing the equivalent of just giving everyone a participation ribbon. We are really there for each other and helping each other see the work that we need to do whilst knowing that there’s always going to be more so it’s not a matter of oh here’s this to work on and this work on this to work on.

Cheering each other on and that’s a big thing like helping each other see where we might have missed an opportunity to celebrate. And something that perfectionist, myself included, often need practice with is noticing all the opportunities to celebrate that we tend to dismiss and diminish. So having a community of people who make your goals feel normal are people who actually get what it’s like to build a business, who get what it’s like to have their perfectionism handbrake on to get what it’s like to have ambitious goals that might not seem realistic to someone who is maybe working in the corporate world.

You will find us inside PGSD. So signing up is going to transform you, your personal growth, your business growth, and it’s only going to compound from there. So you sign up, you will make the three month commitment, you will learn how to plan properly as a perfectionist, set that growth goal, learn power planning and start practicing that. Start getting your clean rest. And then every three months, every quarter, you’re going to make the three month commitment.

Again, it’s so important to just work in these 90 day increments instead of I’m just going to be doing this forever and always, no, it’s just okay, 90 days, 90 days, 90 days. So you are going to. Again, first of all just focus on planning properly. And knowing there’s going to be ups and downs in that. We don’t want to judge that process until we’re at the end of that three months. Because, you’re going to notice where your perfectionism handbrake is on and it’s gonna take a minute to do things like learning the procrastination picked me up and different things like that to help you get out of your own way, it’s so important that you understand that it’s normal to have it feel like you take a step forward, and then two steps back, and then five steps forward, and then one setback and then 10 steps forward. And then three steps back.

That’s personal growth, that’s business growth, it’s not going to be linear. So the three month commitment, and then after that, every quarter as you are implementing what you might be learning in a marketing program or elsewhere, building your business working in a growth goal. It’s I love the way that PGSD is so synergistic with other programs, whether you’re doing a manifestation course or anything else like that.

It is going to really help you get the most from the other program that you are in. And really help you take what you have intellectually learned and put it into practice. And then every quarter you are going to be choosing a main focus or whether it’s, again, overwhelm procrastination, including procrasti-working, burnout, self trust, self image, self confidence, self confidence is your belief in your ability to do things you’ve never done before.

You are going to be focusing on that. And it doesn’t take much time. Your power planning is only going to take you an hour at the beginning of the week, 30 minutes at the end of the week. If you want to do that together, you can do the weekly review and then right after do the Power Hour, little tweaks along the way, it’s really going to save you so much time, so much money on programs that you’ve taken that you haven’t implemented, this is what’s going to help you put it all into practice.

So, again, I’m inviting you in to PGSD. Come join us, you can sign up at samlaurabrown.com/pgsd. If you have a question about PGSD, email support@samlaurabrown.com, get your question answered, we will be replying to you quickly within 24 hours, so that you can join and sign up and not miss this period of enrollment.

If you have resonated with this series, you might be thinking, I’ll just wait till the next one. And PGSD will be open a couple more times again this year. But I really want you to understand and to see that this work is important. This work is foundational, this work is needing to be done now. And you will start experiencing the benefits of doing this work immediately like within a month for sure. And definitely within that three months period of making that three month commitment. You will be a different person in your business, you will be a different person in your personal life in a positive way.

You’ll be showing up in a way you haven’t before. You will be resting in a way that you’ve seen others doing and wondering how they actually take time off without feeling guilty and how they actually get shit done. And get the right shit done. Not just typing away and editing graphics and procrasti-branding and all these different things but actually doing the things that are making their business grow. You won’t keep looking at other businesses and thinking why is their business growing more quickly than mine?

Or why is this so hard to build my business if you maybe have a business that is growing quickly, but it feels so unsustainable. This is the work. It’s worth doing now it makes a difference. It’s better to start sooner rather than later. So join us inside samlaurabrown.com/pgsd is where you can sign up. And I’m looking forward to seeing you in there. If you have enjoyed this series as well take a screenshot tag me on Instagram @perfectionismproject. I hope you’re having a beautiful day and I will talk to you in the next episode.

If you’re ready to get out of your own way in your business, then I invite you to join us inside perfectionist getting shit done. You can find out more about the program at samlaurabrown.com/pgsd. That’s also where you can sign up. The doors will be open from the 27th of April at 6am New York time, until 11:59pm New York time on the 3rd of May 2022.

Author: Sam Brown