Posted by Leslie Zeigler
Tonight I was talking to my older sister Gail . a special education teacher who lives in Charleston, South Carolina , about her creative projects. I know that she has a passion for writing children’s books, yet has been having significant difficulty sustaining any continuity in actually getting a book written and then hopefully published.
So I asked her why does she procrastinate ? She replied, ” I think it is because I secretly feel in my own mind that I am not any good and so why should I even start. ” She added, “when you have other people , like Deborah spoke about in her Post, The People Blocks, that laugh at you it confirms what you feel about yourself.” “I’m no good. I would rather do nothing than make a fool of myself.”
Her responses certainly upset and frustrate me because I feel sad to think that she is holding herself back because of negative internal messages. So I asked her if she would be willing to let me work with her weekly, in telephone calls, to begin to help her overcome this block. She is receptive and I will continue to report on this blog the process that we engage in together to hopefully help her complete at least one of her children’s book ideas. And hopefully be able to sustain in an ongoing way her creative interests.
Perhaps others who read this blog can either relate to a problem with procrastination even though the reason may be different than the one my sister Gail has described. Please feel free to leave comments and let us know what stops you and whether you have found a way to move forward.