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A Simple Perspective Shift to Overcome Procrastination

Jun 23, 2024

Read time: 2.5 minutes

Have you ever found yourself staring at a task you know you need to do but can’t seem to start?

We’ve all experienced it—scrolling through YouTube shorts and Instagram Reels when we know there’s something we should be doing but aren’t actually doing it.

This mental block, known as the Initiation Gap, can make even the simplest tasks feel like impossible challenges.

Today, I want to share how a simple shift in perspective can help us bridge this gap and take meaningful action.

Let’s dive in.

What is the Initiation Gap?

The initiation gap is the mental barrier that keeps us from starting tasks or activities that will benefit us in the long run.

Whether you’re beginning a new project, starting an exercise routine, decluttering your life, or tackling a difficult conversation, the gap can feel overwhelming. 

One key reason this gap exists is our tendency to focus on the effort required rather than the benefits we’ll gain. We tell ourselves, “I need to do this,” which can feel burdensome and daunting.

Shifting to Benefit-Focused Thinking

To bridge the initiation gap, we must swap our “I need to do this” thoughts for benefit-focused ones. Instead of concentrating on the effort, we should remind ourselves of the positive outcomes resulting from taking action.

Here are a few examples:

  • Instead of thinking: “I need to start exercising.”

  • Try: “Exercising today will help me feel more energized and healthier in the future.”

  • Instead of thinking: “I need to declutter my entire home.”

  • Try: “Decluttering one small area today will give me a sense of accomplishment and reduce my overwhelm.”

This shift in perspective makes the task feel more rewarding and less intimidating.

However, this is easier said than done.

Prioritizing “I need to do this” thoughts is common practice for most people. Heck, I still struggle with this myself, but I’ve learned a lot over the years, and I’d like to help you avoid this pitfall.

Here’s my short list of practical steps to help you focus on the benefits of taking action.

1. Visualize the Positive Outcomes

Spend a few moments visualizing how completing the task will make you feel. Picture the sense of accomplishment, the relief, or the positive impact it will have on your life, and then write it down.

This combination of mental imagery and writing can boost your motivation and make the task seem more worthwhile.

Additionally, seeing the benefits in writing can reinforce your commitment and provide a tangible reminder of why the task is important to you.

2. Break it Down

Large tasks can feel overwhelming, making the gap seem even wider. Break down your task into smaller, manageable steps. Each small step completed is a victory that brings you closer to your goal.

3. Seek Support

Share your goals with someone you trust. Accountability can provide the extra push you need to get started and stay committed.

4. Focus on Future Benefits

Constantly remind yourself of how your future self will benefit from your actions today. This future-oriented thinking can serve as a powerful motivator.

In Conclusion

Focusing on the benefits rather than the effort can make it easier to close the initiation gap. This shift in mindset can lead to more consistent action, greater achievements, and a more fulfilling life.

So, the next time you face tasks you don’t feel like doing, ask yourself: “How will doing this now benefit the future me?”

I hope this perspective helps you take that first step toward your goals.

I’ll see you next week, my friend!


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