How To Overcome The Fear That Makes Us Procrastinate

What causes Procrastination?

There are a lot of causes of procrastination, but this blog post focuses on a peculiar one, fear!

I have had several posts about procrastination and the stress of having to manage it. No one deserves to deal with this and many more challenges.

In this post, we will be looking at the issue of procrastination from another perspective.

  • What if we have been getting it all wrong?
  • What if it’s something else that we have let linger on while we tackle procrastination?
  • What if it is FEAR

What Does Procrastination Mean?

Procrastination is a habit of putting things off until a later time. It’s often associated with laziness, but can also be caused by fear, insecurity, or a lack of confidence.

The key to avoiding procrastination is to understand why you’re doing it and find ways to overcome the obstacles.

What Causes Procrastination?

Some of the things that cause Procrastination include; anxiety, low self-esteem, lack of motivation, boredom and fear of failure.

What Is Fear?

According to Oxford Languages, fear an unpleasant emotion caused by the threat of danger, pain, or harm.

Fear is one of the major contributors to procrastination. Fear can be anything from a fear of failure to a fear of criticism. Whatever the source of your fear, it’s going to hold you back from doing what you know you should be doing.

How Does Fear Make Us Procrastinate?

The way that fear affects procrastination is twofold. First, it makes it harder for you to start tasks because you’re afraid of how they will turn out. Second, once you start a task, your fear will stop you from finishing it because you’re afraid of the consequences.

Cause of Procrastination

Fear is one cause of procrastination we must work on. I’ve listed some of the instances where you’d find yourself drawing back because of fear;

  • You need to talk to a crowd
  • Meet new people
  • Market a product
  • Offer a proposal
  • Kick start your mind-blowing business
  • So so so.

As much as the activities above look like everything normal people do effortlessly, it is different for some of us and here’s why;

  • We fear that we will do badly in our speech.
  • Meeting people could be tasking especially for shy people.
  • We fear that we will fail in our marketing strategy.
  • We are scared our clients may not like our proposals.
  • What if the business doesn’t bloom as we imagined? FEAR!

I know that the bulk of inactions have more to do with fear before Procrastination.

While a lot or things make us push important tasks aside, fear is one major contributing factor. Imagine having to convince a crowd to buy a beautiful product you have to offer?

You will worry about failing then you Procrastinate.

How Do People Overcome Fear?

Fear is inevitable but manageable. We can stop fear from controling and overwhelming us. Sometimes we wonder how people do things fearlessly while we stay back nurturing losses caused by our approach to situations masked by fear.

One way to overcome fear is to face it head on. You need to be willing to take the risk of starting a task and see how it goes. If you’re successful, you’ll be more likely to finish it.

People learn to fight off fear in different ways.

  • They learn to live with fear
  • When you identify the kind of fear you’re dealing with, you’ll have a chance to put it in check
  • Some people only mask their fear and fight slowly until they are in charge
  • Some people are ultimately stronger than their fears

Another way to overcome fear is to distract yourself from your fears. This can be done by focusing on positive thoughts or using tools like affirmations. Once you’ve achieved some level of distraction, you can begin working on your task again without the fear holding you back.

There are a lot of people whose success we question out of curiosity. Do they really overcome fear or learn to live with it?

  • How did he/she do it?
  • Were there no setbacks?
  • Why do I have to keep hitting the failure rock, unlike other people?

Everyone experience fear, but we all have different approach to life and situations. In our moments of fear; the WHYs can not help and we do no good if we attempt a one side approach to fighting fear.

How Can You Overcome Fear Of Failure?

The first step in overcoming your fear of failure is admitting that it exists. Once you admit that your fear is holding you back,you can begin to work on overcoming it.

Remember that failure is a part of life.

It’s part of the process of learning and growing.cknowledge that you’ll make mistakes along the way, but don’t let them define you.

Try not to agonize over small failures.

If you do, you’ll only increase your fear of bigger failures down the road. Accepting that you’ll sometimes lose a battle is much more forgiving than dwelling on losses indefinitely.

Find a Support System

Find someone who can give you emotional support during times of struggle. Talking to someone who will understand and listen can be very helpful in overcoming your fear of failure.

Take Time Off For Yourself

Take some time for yourself each day to do something that relaxes and stimulates your mind and body. This can be anything from reading a book to taking a walk outdoors.

Be Honest With Yourself

Be honest with yourself about your progress. If you find that your fear of failure is preventing you from making any real progress, take action to correct the situation.

Set Realistic Goals

Set realistic goals for yourself and don’t overcomplicate things. If a task is too difficult, break it down into more manageable steps.

Be Ready For The Fight

Remind yourself that learning and growing takes time and effort, but it’s also worth it in the end. Persevere through the hard times and eventually you’ll reach your goal.

Be Patient with Yourself.

There’s no need to rush through anything, especially if it’s something that intimidates you. Take your time and do it the right way.

Believe in Yourself

If you have a good attitude towards learning and growing, then the obstacles in your way will eventually become less of a problem.

Ask For Help

Finally, don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. There are people out there who are willing to lend a helping hand, so don’t be afraid to reach out.

Procrastination Rooted In Fear

I have always had a thing to say about procrastination. Like you know, a procrastinator would rather have fun than do what’s more important. It got dawned on me that I may have been fighting the wrong battle. My real problem was the fear of not being enough, of failing!

Accepting the fact that fear is a bold step to overcoming it. Once you tackle the major problem, you’ll be able to reduce procrastination to its bare minimum. Like fear, you can only learn to control Procrastination because it’s part of us. The excesses becomes the problem.

2 Comments

  • Hmm, There are times when there is a problem behind a problem. The former has to be figured out to solve the latter. There is a saying that “a problem well stated is half solved” Being able to identify the former go a long way in getting rid of our problems. Most times it might turn out to be a difficult thing to figure out cos you’d never even know it exists.

    I’m introverted too and I agree with the fact we are afraid of failure. I don’t want people to see me as a failure. This fear of failure has affected me in alotta ways. At a point in time I was challenged to try out something in which I thought to myself “I can’t do this” but I didn’t have much of a choice. In the end it was something I did perfectly well. This made me realized that there’s a lot I could do if I summon the courage to try them. And if I begin to start challenging the “I can’t do it” thought that always linger in my head.

    I’ve always been blaming it all on introversion but this post has made me realized that, it is the fear that exists in us. But the question is “why is this fear of a thing more pronounced among introverts?”

    This is an awesome write-up Miss Blogtrovert. ?

    • Well Badmus, I wish I can give you deserving answers. But I can’t. It’s good that you found a way around your fears. Introversion can be such a pain sometimes.

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