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 What is Someday Syndrome? The effect and cure!

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PostSubject: What is Someday Syndrome? The effect and cure!   Thu Jan 15, 2009 8:34 pm

* Someday Syndrome: not doing what you want to because you donít know what it is, because youíre procrastinating about it, or because you have too much stuff getting in your way.

Everyone suffers from Someday Syndrome at some point in their lives, often catching it repeatedly. For me, most recently, Iíd been saying that I really should give running a try without doing anything about it.

You probably have something similar going on in your life Ė a project, a task, a goal - that you just havenít got around to doing yet. Right?

I could quote Nike and say: Just Do It, but if it were that simple Someday Syndrome wouldnít exist. In my own case, it wasnít until my body rebelled and refused to sleep from lack of exercise that I finally got started.

I decided that here had to be an easier way than waiting for pain to push me into getting over myself and getting on with my goals. So I came up with this: 11 ways to cure Someday Syndrome so that others donít need to suffer through a cure.

1. Be you. This is The Happiness Projectís number one Happiness Commandment. I hate team sports, so thereís no way Iíd play football (soccer). Running allows me to exercise when I want and I can do it on my own or with a friend. Perfectly me.

Maybe youíre not doing something because in reality, it doesnít fit with who you are. If so, dump the idea and the expectations that likely came along with it, and go find something that suits you better.

2. Clear out the junk. If you donít know what would suit you better, it could be because your mind and emotions are all cluttered up. I mean, seriously, if your mindís in chaos, how could you possibly make a clear decision on getting rid of your somedays? The clutter Iím talking about includes the negative thoughts (like me thinking that Iíd never be able to run more than 30 seconds without dying), or negative attitudes (Iím too lazy to run).

There are some great tools available in the Simplicity category of ZenHabits. Use them.

3. Know what you want. And why you want it. If you are going cure Someday Syndrome, youíll need to know details about that desire and the reasons behind it.

And if you donít know what that is, the blogosphere is full of blogs ready to help you figure out your dreams - Someday Syndrome and ZenHabits are two examples, but you can find others on the PluginID website on Glenís Personal Development page.

4. Make a grand plan. I say ďgrandĒ because this is the big picture plan. Donít get carried away. Planning can feel like action, but really itís no different than talking. Until you actually do something, youíre still procrastinating.

I have a goal of running 20K next November. Thatís enough for now. Starting is more important than getting into detailed plans.

5. Take one step at a time. The only details you need to choose at this point is first steps. I get overwhelmed by details. When I look past the big picture I donít just see a few details Ė I see all of them, therefore I focus on just the next two or three things that Iím going to do.

I know what I need to do to get started (the first two months of training). Thatís enough.

6. Ignore the rest. Thatís right. Ignore everything else in the goal except what youíre working on. We often use comparisons of where we are now to where we want to be as a form of procrastination. While checking in is always a good thing, we can do it when each small task is completed, and not in the middle of a task.

On my running days, when Iím in the middle of my current workout, I donít think about whatís coming up next week. Why would I want to freak myself out?

7. Get help. Daniel Gilbert in his book Stumbling on Happiness, says that the best route to figuring out if our goals will actually make us happy is to talk to others who have done it.

I also try to be lazy when I can be, so if someone else has done the work (like this Couch-to-5K Running Plan), then thereís no need to waste my time coming up with something new, now is there?

8. Donít compare. Be careful when you get help, because the dream-shattering tendency to compare lurks nearby. Leo talks about the bad side to comparisons in his post: Lifeís Enough. Stop Comparing Yourself to Others.

Enough said. (Yes, Iím taking my own advice about Getting Help and moving on.)

9. Be uncomfortable. Judith Sills in her book The Comfort Trap, or What If Youíre Riding a Dead Horse? talks about how we might be terribly unhappy, but weíre comfortable so we donít do anything about the unhappiness. Happiness is a risk, but the current situation even if itís painful is safe.

Which would you prefer? Comfortably in pain and unhappy or uncomfortably blissful? I live my life the second way and would recommend that you always choose the uncomfortable option.

10. Celebrate the process as well as the end. I donít mean celebrations like Dashís Grade 3 ďgraduation ceremonyĒ from The Incredibles. I mean acknowledge your progress. I Tweet my runs and mention them on my Facebook status. I also talk with other runners and we talk progress and tips.

And in turn this sharing inspires others and helps them move past their own Somedays and toward achieving their goals.

11. Donít stop at the easy point. Wait a second. Most lists are only ten points. Why does this one have eleven?

Because itís important to push yourself just a little bit further than you think you can go. Although my big goal is running 20K within a year, Iíve committed to running 7K on December 31st.

So, while youíre celebrating and taking it one step at a time, come up with one unexpected action you can take thatíll add energy, excitement and a bit of fear to your goal.

Believe me, that bit of fear will probably be the best motivator youíve ever found.

For more from Alex Fayle, check out his blog, Someday Syndrome

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