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Tue, 2016-03-22 10:54

Daniel Stewart's Tip of the Month: Dread it? Then Do It!

Authored By: Coach Daniel Stewart

You know that thing you've been meaning to do? That thing that's been on your mind forever? That thing you wish you'd already done but haven't gotten around to yet? Well, the longer you put it off, the bigger it'll become and the more of your confidence and focus it'll consume.This is procrastination at it's best, and is what changes many riders from warriors to worries.

Here's the good news though... when you finally complete that worthwhile task, it'll feel like a huge weight has been lifted because you'll finally be free of the worry and guilt. This is why experts suggest you always complete your most daunting tasks quickly - before they become a burden. This is called pre-crastination and it's a major component in positive thinking. 

Quit "shoulding" yourself in the foot!

So are you a procrastinator or precrastinator? One way to tell is by asking yourself how often you use the word should and  should-phases like "I should work on my transitions", "I should eat better" and "I should exercise more." The more you use them, the greater chance you have of being a procrastinator. 

Go from a procrastinator to pre-crastinator by trying this trick. Write a should-phrase about something you've been meaning to do like, "I should get my saddle-fit checked." Then rewrite the phrase but replace the word should with the word will ("I will get my saddle-fit checked"). Finish-up by rewriting the new phrase but adding a date like, "I will get my saddle-fit checked Tuesday before my lesson."

In the end, always remember that struggles usually only happen when you act without thinking, or think without acting!

To learn more about Coach Dan Stewart, please visit his website


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