Do you ever find yourself putting off a decision or action because it just feels too overwhelming? We all do this at one time or another. We simply don’t know how to move forward – so we procrastinate!

Sound familiar?

My post today is about how to move through that stalemate to some kind of resolution – on any decision, issue, or challenge you are struggling with.

First, get with a partner — someone who is invested in helping you overcome procrastination.  Then, do this exercise which involves asking 4 simple questions that will help you open up to new insights.

First, have the questioner ask you the following questions about whatever task you’re procrastinating. You will answer out loud.  The questioner must allow you to answer without interruption.

We’ll use the example of cleaning your kitchen, but you can substitute whatever task your procrastinating.

  • Question 1: What would happen if you did clean your kitchen?
  • Question 2: What would happen if you didn’t clean your kitchen?
  • Question 3: What wouldn’t happen if you did clean your kitchen?
  • Question 4: What wouldn’t happen if you didn’t clean your kitchen?

This easy yet powerful NLP exercise uses conversational change patterns to allow new thoughts and ideas to come forth.

Give it a try next time you’re stuck. You’ll be amazed!

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Roger Terry

Director of Training and Coaching at Evolution Training Ltd
Roger Terry is one of the world’s leading experts on applying NLP to drive excellence both professionally and personally. Roger leads seminars and consults with companies all over the world, including in the UK, USA, Europe and Middle East. He is the author of several books, including The Hidden Art of Interviewing, NLP and Qualitative Research, NLP for Teachers and The NLP Toolkit.