You Can't Stop Procrastination - But You Can Do This
12 - You Can’t Stop Procrastination...But You Can Do This
Learn how the top 1% get stuff done in spite of the same struggles you experience
This is a mini - episode. It’s short and to the point.
You can defeat procrastination. You can get more stuff done once you accept that you can’t stop procrastination - but you can respond to it in a more productive way.
I’ll show you how in this short, ten minute episode.
What you’ll learn in this episode
- The most productive people experience the same internal conflicts and negative emotions that you do, and they get more done. You can too - I’ll explain how
- Procrastination creates fear, guilt, and negative emotions. This negative emotional response is what stops you from being productive
- It’s literally impossible to stop procrastinating. And that’s okay
- You can stop the guilt and negative emotions associated with procrastination. When you do this, you’ll get more done. Plus, you’ll feel less guilty!
- I’ll explain how - it’s simple
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Episode 8 - This is how powerful your mind really is
You’re listening to episode number eight of the identity factor podcast. I’m about to show you just how powerful your mind actually is and discuss some really cool experiments you can try on your own to put it all to the test. As always, this isn’t about saying some mystical spells or performing taboo rituals… it’s all about how your brain functions. And Your brain, your mind, your subconscious… however you want to refer to that part of you… it’s more powerful than you can imagine. The best part? It can all be explained by science. Be sure to listen to this one all the way through and discover what YOUR mind can create TODAY.
Hi there, I’m Anthony Serino and by joining this podcast, you’ve started a life-changing journey with me as your tour guide. You’re now also part of a community of like-minded individuals who light this world with passion. As a high performance coach and expert in habit modification I’ve worked with amazing individuals from all over the world who have transformed their lives from within . As you listen to this podcast, you’re going to get an inside look at my science-based approach to transformation.
One of the first things I want to talk about in this episode is your innate and powerful ability to heal both mentally and physically.
I mean have you ever considered the fact that you have access to the SAME energy, biological resources, and physiological mechanisms that FORMED your organs in the womb from virtually nothing?
Seriously, think about that for a second. Your lungs, your heart… your brain! The most complex organ more powerful than every supercomputer on this planet combined… yeah all of it… grew, formed, developed from two cells small enough you can’t even see them with the human eye. Well.. an egg cell is actually one of the biggest cells in the human body with a width similar to a strand of hair… so technically you could see it with the naked eye… but I digress..
Anyways… whatever you want to call the driving force behind that process… it’s simply amazing however you slice it.
And listen, I’m not here to debate religion or the “source” of life. But whatever your religion is, or whatever your beliefs are… when you really start to look into all of this from an objective perspective… you’ll find a tremendous amount of crossover between science and whatever it is you believe in. Even the more esoteric and spiritual concepts you may have thought were unexplainable, often do have a scientific explanation.
But really, the most important question to ask yourself is not whether or not science can explain everything but rather… “how are your beliefs affecting your life?” and I’m not just talking about religious beliefs… but all of your beliefs.. About money, about yourself, about love… about life in general.
Because your beliefs dictate what you do. They also dictate your perceptions and interpretations, how you think, and what you feel. And all of it, becomes habituated by your brain and you develop these programs that run your life.
So my goal is to help shift your beliefs ONLY IF you feel like you’re not where you want to be in life. And if that’s the case, that’s when we can use subconscious reprogramming to shift those beliefs… not to MY beliefs… but to the beliefs that you want and that are congruent with your success.
And then this is where the real change happens, because now you can easily change your habits… which of course… WILL change your life.
In fact, there’s really only two reasons, and two reasons only why people come to me for help.. Either they’re doing things they know they shouldn’t be doing, and they continue to do those things despite telling themselves not to. OR they’re NOT doing things they know they should be doing. And that’s why I bill myself as a habit modification expert… because everything you do, think, and feel is a habit...and habits can be broken, modified, and created. It’s also why I’ve developed the Habit Modification Formula which is a free training for you to use to break those old wanted habits, including the habit of anxiety. Get access to it by visiting theanthonyserino.com/free and entering your email. With it, you’ll learn my step-by-step, science-based strategy for taking control of your habits. So if you’ve been feeling stuck, and want to get unstuck, that’s theanthonyserino.com/free
Now, we’ve already done a couple episodes on habits, so if you haven’t listened to those yet, make a note to do so because there’s a ton of actionable tips in those episodes that you can use to make immediate changes in your life.
Alright so, I went on a little bit of tangent there and then threw in a call to action, and sprinkled in some embedded suggestions…
But let’s circle back to talking about the power of your mind… and I’m going to make a bold but true and scientifically proven statement here… your consciousness, your thoughts, your brain it literally creates your external world. It can bend and move the physical world around you. I say that very seriously. And if that sounds crazy to you, or even unbelievable… buckle up because we are about to go on ride. But it’s okay… remember… this is all science-based shit.
Okay, before I get into all of that… let’s talk about something I’m sure we can all agree on. The fact that we each have a “mind” and the model that I have found to be the best for transformational purposes is that there are two parts of our mind. The conscious, analytical part… and then the subconscious or unconscious part which is the creative, emotional part and is responsible for running our habits.
And we can use consistent conscious thought to develop habits at the subconscious level. Basically, the more you consciously think one way… the easier it becomes for your subconscious mind to execute the necessary functions that will result in the outcomes you want. As I like to say, change your habits and you change your life. But really… change your mind and you change your life.
It’s really quite simple though , think good thoughts and good will follow. Think negative thoughts and negative shit will follow.
And two things real quick… first, I know I’ve said positive thinking doesn’t work in previous episodes, but it’s not about the thought, whether or positive or negative… it’s about the mechanism and process by which that thought affects your subconscious.
Second I know I inject a bit of science in these episodes, and this IS all brain-based, but I want to simplify this for you… the law of your mind is that your subconscious mind MUST produce a reaction or response congruent with the nature of your conscious thought. The only caveat to that is your conscious thought must be consistent and repetitive in order for your subconscious to form the habits necessary for getting you from where you are to where you want to be. Which basically means, you can’t just think of what you want one time, whether it be health, wealth, happiness, the perfect body, whatever it may be… you have to keep your eyes on the prize… as frequently as possible until seeing yourself in the outcome you want just becomes second-nature.
Here’s a key takeaway… you can’t want what you’re not thinking about… consider that for a moment… you can’t want what you’re not thinking about…
So what is it that you really want? What’s your vision… what’s your ideal life look like in a year from now, five years from now? 20 years from now?
How would you feel and what would you be doing if you already had that life? Start crafting a vision for yourself. As detailed as possible. Because the more you consciously think about it and envision the outcome, the easier it gets for your brain to modify beliefs and develop habits that will get you there.
Let me put this another way, your brain… it’s a goal-seeking, goal oriented, goal-achieving machine. But in order to help you achieve a goal… you must give your brain the goal!
It sounds so simple, but I can’t tell you how many people come to me feeling “stuck” or they tell me they’re on this hamster wheel of life… and I ask them… Well, what do you want? What’s your vision?
And they look at me and say “I don’t know” or “I really don’t have a vision”
And telling me “I want to be happy”... that doesn’t count. Because happiness is different for everyone. What is the specific outcome in life that you want? What does that happiness look like for you?
If you don’t give your brain the goal and solidify it at a subconscious level via repetitive conscious thought, visualizing before you sleep at night, or something like hypnosis… then how the hell is your brain supposed to know how to make you operate on a day to day basis.
OF COURSE you feel stuck when you don’t have a vision. Your brain is literally causing you to wander aimlessly through life because you haven’t given it something to work towards.
Your brain is a lot like a GPS… what’s the first thing you do when you need directions to somewhere and you pull up Waze or maps or whatever GPS app you use? YOU GIVE IT THE DESTINATION.
That’s it. You don’t have to know the roads, you don’t have to know the hazards, you don’t have to know anything other than the destination... because once your GPS has that, it guides you there accurately with little conscious effort on your part. It notifies you when to turn left, when to turn right… it tells you what the speed limit is… it even shows you if there’s traffic or other hazards…
Simply because you gave it the destination.
Your brain works the same way, specifically the subconscious part of your brain. Give it the destination and it will get you there and often in ways that you couldn’t have planned or even imagined. I mean think about it… have you ever had something great or positive just seemingly fall into your lap? A new client? A relationship? Money?
I bet you have… and if you reverse engineer any of it, I can guarantee you didn’t plan most of it, you simply just knew what you wanted, had a vision… and your brain executed. It brought you some version of whatever it was that you wanted. Some may even say the universe, or God conspired in your favor. Events happened, people came into your life, opportunities became apparent to you out of nowhere.
And it just... happened.
Which makes me wonder if I should get into the quantum physics behind all of this…
I guess I kind of have to considering I said earlier in this episode that your consciousness can literally move the physical world around you.
Which brings me to one of the most famous physics experiments of all time.. the Double Slit Experiment… I’m not going to get into much detail here, because you can google it or search it on Youtube… but go look up the Double Slit Experiment..
Basically, what scientists have discovered, is that the outcome of the experiment was affected by their expectations and by simply observing the experiment, it affected the function of what it was they were observing. And in this case… what they were observing was light. And of course, as we know, like everything else in our 3D world, light is made up of particles and waves. So is your cell phone, so is your car, everything.
But More specifically, they were shooting individual particles of lights… and once again particles make up waves… similar to how individual water drops make up a wave… they were shooting these individual particles through two separate slits in one wall and the particles landed on another wall behind it and they were able to record where exactly those particles landed.
When they observed the pattern the individual particles had made… they noticed an interference pattern had formed as though it were a wave… one way you could imagine an interference pattern is if you dropped two stones in water at the same time and the waves collided and affected each other… they interfered with each other.
Here’s where it gets strange… even when they had fired just ONE particle through the slits and observed where it had landed… it had landed in an interference pattern as though it were a wave even though it had nothing interfering with it.
HOWEVER… when they set up a detector to determine which slit the individual particle went through and then measured where it would land… it acted as a particle not as a wave...
So, as long as the measurements were taken before the particles hit the wall… they would act one way. But if they observed where they landed, it would be a different result.
Phew… I did my best to explain that there, but go search for the Double Slit Experiment on google or Youtube and you’ll find some great information.
But all of this to say, science has proven that the physical world… which is simply made up of particles and waves… literally bends to your consciousness.
And you’ve heard me say this before, and I’ll say it many times after this… your internal world creates your external world. And hopefully, now you’re starting to realize that I’m not saying that metaphorically or just to sound nice.
The cool part is, from the ancient Incan civilization, to the Bible, to modern scientific research… this has held up.
And when this really clicks for you… that’s where the power comes from. In KNOWING that you can design the life you deserve. In KNOWING that you no longer have to live reactively… you can very literally choose your experience.
But this is why it’s so important to always be auditing your thoughts and emotions. You reap what you sow. And whatever you’re thinking about, both good and bad, will perpetuate.
Your brain… your subconscious… like I said… it’s a goal-achieving machine. However, it doesn’t know the difference between a “good” or “bad” goal… it simply shoots us towards whatever destination we’ve given it. If your vision of tomorrow is happy and successful, your mind will create that reality for you and propel you towards a happy and successful experience… but if you’re focused on negativity, more negativity will follow.
And very often these goals are below the threshold of conscious awareness and come from old programming. And your brain and nervous system are continuously leading you in the direction of those goals without you even being aware of it.
So how does your brain get you from where you are to actually accomplishing those goals. Well the most powerful resources your brain has are habits… and your brain activates specific habits based on the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors it determines will help get you to your goal.
I talk about all about habits in episodes 4 and 5 I believe, so go back and give those a listen… but basically.. Everything you do, think, and feel is habituated by your brain and every habit is executed when neural pathways specific to that habit are activated.
Okay, so Let’s take the smoker for example… they’ve developed a habit of smoking… and their identity, their self-image of course is that of a smoker. And here’s a key point, your habits will always be congruent with your identity. So if you don’t first change your identity/ your self image, who and how you are being, it will be nearly impossible to develop new habits unless they are congruent with your identity.
But for the smoker… their brain has been programmed to achieve the subconscious goal of smoking. And it does this by habituating cravings, triggers, and physical behaviors that allow a smoker to smoke easily and without thinking.
So how do you become a non smoker? Simple. You visualize yourself as a non-smoker until that new self-image of being a non-smoker is so ingrained at a neurological level that your brain simply deactivates old smoking habits and develops new ones congruent with being a non-smoker.
The best part is, you don’t need to concern yourself with what you think you need to do. Of course “acting as if” can certainly help. But much in the same way you don’t need to know the roads to get to your destination as long as you give your GPS the destination, is the same way your brain will steer you towards whatever goal you give it without you having to know what to do or what not to do.
The same process for becoming a non-smoker, is the same process for getting in shape, or eliminating that anxiety, or having the income or business you want.
Visualize the outcome you want with relentless consistency. Use your five senses to solidify your vision, your goal, your target.. Whatever you want to call.
When you give your brain a clear goal, and like I said, use your five senses… your brain MUST activate the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that will get you to that goal.
A great time to visualize is right before falling asleep at night. You are in a similar brain wave state as when you are in the state of hypnosis. Now, I’ve given you all the information you need to create whatever life you want and achieve whatever goal, but I know it may seem unbelievably simple… here’s the thing… it really is that simple… it just takes a little conscious effort.
But to fast track it… working with a trained hypnotist or a coach who uses subconscious reprogramming techniques is the key to rapid transformation. I may even talk about selecting the right coach or hypnotist for you in a future episode, but having a professional who can help facilitate these changes at a brain-based level will feel like you have an unfair advantage compared to the rest of the world.
It’s some really powerful shit.
Alright so I bounced around a bit, but the key takeaways to remember from this episode are that your brain is a goal achieving machine and it will move heaven and earth for you, literally, in order to achieve the goals you give it. But it all starts with reprogramming your subconscious via consistent visualization of the desired outcomes or by using modalities like hypnosis.
Before we wrap up here… if you’ve listened to other episodes, then you know this is the part where I ask you what the AHA FACTOR was for you. What were the aha moments for you? What is something you heard that sparked that sense of wonder and sense of understanding all at the same time?
Perhaps it’s when you heard that your thoughts, your consciousness really, can literally move the physical 3D world around you.
Or maybe you just simply have a new awareness that you have control over your external world and that you no longer need to live reactively. You can start designing the life you deserve.
Either way, imagine how awesome life becomes as you start utilizing the intrinsic power of your own mind TODAY.
ALRIGHT! That’s it for episode number eight of the identity factor. I really want to thank you for joining me and choosing to interact with this podcast. I put a lot of time and effort into it and I do it all for you. So seriously, thank you so much. It means the world to me that you’re here. I just wanted to tell you that real quick. Okay so, next week’s episode is going to be a bit of an extension of this episode, a Part 2 really. Because no matter how “out there” this episode may have seemed, it is SO important you understand it’s all scientifically proven information you can use to literally create the world around you. Whatever experience you want in life, you can create it. That’s how powerful your mind is. And it’s a tangible process supported by physics.
But this episode was sort of an overview and I think we should really get into some of the nuances of what it takes to unleash the power of your own mind. So be sure to subscribe and be one of the first to listen to next week’s episode.
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