I used to procrastinate and cower in fear. All the time. Even now, I am sometimes hemming and hawing on making a decision, especially when it involves money, parting money to get something. Procrastinate as to whether or not it’s worth taking action on something I’m curious about. Whether something major would come out of it.
The origins of procrastination and fear stemmed from the environment of always playing it safe, of not committing mistakes, of doing what everyone else is doing simply because they thought this would make me happy. So I tried to do what most people do, what most people define as normal: get a course that my parents almost recommended but not really (they wanted me to go into accounting but instead I chose business management) get a good full-time job, save money. By doing this, I usually end my day by watching TV (click for a related article on watching TV).
Let me tell you what it has cost me: years and years of frustration, disappointment, anger, mostly at myself for not knowing better earlier. Or maybe knowing but being fearful of fighting for my right to be free because of not knowing better earlier. Years of wanting to fill my life with stuff that I may not actually need and that made me more unhappy.
7.) Enrolled in various workshops and programs, whether in a classroom or through online downloads.
If you are in the same mind-boggling, time-consuming situation of having to make a decision, I am not asking you to do it impulsively. If you are not ready to quit your current job yet, you can do all the research you need during your free time, you can attend free workshops or do a one-day workshop with a small fee. Simply do a road test on the decision, the same way as road testing a car simply by doing it. If you still feel excited and curious after the event or activity, then go for it. If you are overwhelmed with having to do many things on the to-do list, just do one or few at a time. Once you start comfortable doing even just one decision, then you can adjust to doing two, three, four, and so on.