The April Anticrastination Tip Sheet
From Rita Emmett
Author of The Procrastinator's Handbook and
The Clutter-Busting Handbook
Quotes for April 2010
Aim at nothing and that's what you will get. -- Anonymous
Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a
steady purpose - a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual
eye. -- Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly
No vision and you perish;
No ideal, and you're lost;
Your heart must ever cherish
Some faith at any cost.
hope, some dream to cling to,
Some rainbow in the sky,
Some melody to sing to,
Some service that is high.
--- Harriet Du Autermont
Message from Rita
A friend recently told me that his goal has been to get a car
better than his old beat-up clunker that needs new brakes. Last
week, his brother gave him a car FOR FREE. It is one year newer
than the clunker, has working brakes, but looks like a rust-bucket.
Instead of feeling happy, my friend is cranky.
I asked him what kind of car was his goal? He said, "Anything
but this one."
When your goal is "anything" that's what
In two books I'm reading, they both touched
on that exact same subject on the same day. (What?? You read
only ONE book at a time?? Isn't that boring? Wait-a-minute ---
hmmmm, maybe I DO have an attention problem) Anyway, they both wrote how important it is to be specific
in our goals. What kind of car? What kind of new job & where?
What are the qualities you want in a friend, spouse, new organization
or place of worship? Give details.
Then, to truly crystallize that goal, both
books suggested vision boards or scrap books with pictures showing
that specific thing or lifestyle you want. Mike Dooley writes:
"The power of a scrapbook lies in the fact that it's filled
with images of the END RESULTS you wish to possess or experience,
completely side-stepping the HOWS."
Then you do something to work towards those end results.
You have to know that "side-stepping the
HOWS" is not easy for me -- the author of "how-to books" even
though I've been working at it for years. However, the
vision board helps me do that. On mine,
I put a world map (love to travel) then lots of pictures and
quotes such as Napoleon Hill's "What the mind can conceive and
believe, it can achieve."
About two years ago, I read a fabulous story
about the pyramids and have always wanted to see them and so
I put up a pyramid picture. And deliberately told myself to
stop dwelling on HOW I would get there. Then I continued giving
talks and writing.
Exactly one year ago, Bruce and I cruised the Mediterranean
for FREE because I was speaking on a cruise ship. They offered
us this dream-come-true cruise without us even asking for it.
Our trip included Spain, Italy, Greece andů.(you guessed it)
Egypt.. (For the gazillion of you who also want to do this,
you will find tons of help to speak on cruise ships at
When you make a vision board or "goal scrap book", you don't
give "orders" of how it should come about, you don't have to
figure out the "how". You find pictures and quotes that simply
focus on the end result.
Not -- "a car", but the exact color, make & model you want.
Not "a better job" but a picture of where you want to be and
what you want to be doing.
Not -- "make a certain person love or be kind" to you, instead
focus on how you want to be and feel (peaceful? cherished? secure?
happy? desirable?) and find a photo that looks like a picture
you want to be in.
For a vision board, you need either poster board or something
large (Mine is on the back of my office door). For a scrapbook,
you can use a spiral notebook. Include photos, quotes, whatever
has meaning. It sounds simplistic or childish, but it forces
you to be specific in your goals, and then helps you visualize
the end result -- that is, YOU achieving those goals.
AND you might even have fun putting it together. With all
those advantages, why would you not try it? Today? Yes!
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Since returning home I have literally been going through everything
I have been procrastinating about for months....client work,
house renovations, etc. I can't tell you how good it feels
to start chipping away at the stuff that has been on my to-do
lists for heaven knows how long! Thanks for being here!
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