A Closer Look At Procrastinating (Start, Middle & End) & What To Do - 033

Welcome to the thirty-third episode of Harness Your ADHD Power, a podcast show I created to explore the many facets of adult life with ADHD and how you can learn to harness your personal ADHD power to become unstoppable.

If you’ve been trying to solve your procrastination challenges forever, without much success, perhaps it’s because procrastination is a “behavioral symptom” and not the real problem.  “Behavioral symptoms” are great because they tell us that something is wrong.  It’s just that we then need to look beyond them, if we’re going to solve the underlying issues that are presenting us with those “behavioral symptoms.”

It’s kind of like having a fever (the symptom) when the underlying issue is a raging infection.  I hope you’d be treating the raging infection and not just take something for the fever.

I want to introduce you to Professor Alfred Bandura, if you aren’t familiar with his name or his work.  Back in 1997 he said that self-efficacy is different than confidence.  Confidence is this vague term that refers to your “strength of belief,” but it doesn’t necessarily say where your certainty is coming from.  It’s like you saying, “I’m confident I can do that.”  I’d have to ask you, “What makes you believe you can do that?”  I’d want to know the evidence or behind the scenes knowing you have that allows you to make that statement.  I’d want to know where your confidence is coming from; the evidence.  It could be that you just finished a course or training on that topic or task, and understand it thoroughly and that is why you can make the confident statement.  That would tell me why you are confident.

Or, are you just saying that you are confident because you “hope” you can do it, but don’t know with certainty that you have the skills or necessary training, and hence don’t really know that you can?  Or, you might even know with certainty that you don’t have the skills but still “hope” you can do it; hence “fantasy or wishful thinking;” which is very, very common.  The differences are very important. 

Self-efficacy is you believing you will be able to accomplish a specific task.  It refers to both your capability level and your strength of belief in your capability level.  You are “confident” you can produce successful results because you are “competent” in the necessary skills, abilities or beliefs to do so.  Hence, Competence = Confidence.

A quote by Henry Ford is fitting here.  He said, “Whether you think that you can, or that you can’t, you are usually right.”

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A Favorite Quote:

Maya Angelou said, “Having courage does not mean that we are unafraid.  Having courage and showing courage mean we face our fears.  We are able to say, ‘I have fallen, but I will get up.’”  The question I have for you at this point of our journey together is, “Have you fallen into the trap of believing that your procrastination is the problem when there are actually underlying reasons why you have to keep yourself from moving forward?  And, are you ready to get up and embrace this challenge with new insights and tools?” I hope so because it’s totally worth it!!


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