Observe Your Tendencies Around Ambiguity. If You Lean Towards Procrastinating, Brainstorm Solutions and Practice Building Up Your Inner Strength

  • If incompleteness brings you anxiety, try letting go of an unfinished task until you have time to handle it.
  • Notice how it affects your body and mind.

 

Though procrastination is a recipe for stress, we can learn something from procrastinators — to trust that some tasks don’t have to be done right away. We can become comfortable with leaving projects open and undone when we are trying to juggle an impracticable amount of balls.

For many of us, uncompleted tasks equal anxiety. To avoid the anxiety of incompletion, we kick into overdrive and begin to slash undone projects like a real-life video game. However, as in an arcade game, the zombies keep coming after us no matter how many times we blast them into bits. This nonstop attack of responsibility causes us to ramp up even harder, boosting our adrenaline to unhealthy levels.  Since the list never ends, we never really experience a final sense of completion. Sound familiar?

What if we sat with the ambiguity, the sense of incompleteness? Of course, we’ll still handle our responsibilities, but maybe we could do so with a bit more calm. 

Managing ambiguity is truly a spiritual path. To act but not overreact. To trust when powerless. To find peace in uncertainty. To find joy in letting go.

 

Observe Your Tendencies Around Ambiguity. If You Lean Towards Procrastinating, Brainstorm Solutions and Practice Building Up Your Inner Strength

  • If incompleteness brings you anxiety, try letting go of an unfinished task until you have time to handle it.
  • Notice how it affects your body and mind.

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Dan Messinger is the author of Holy Crap, a multimedia collection of spiritual tools that help you create meaning from everyday hassles.
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