How to DIY self-sabotage.
You might think it pretty easy to do it yourself demise, here are some quick tips on how to get there in record time. All you need is a million and one projects to distract you from your main goal which you have conveniently hidden well underneath all of those procrastination excuses. The result being you get everything done quickly and efficiently including the failure to launch or bring to term your main goal, in my case changing my current career and/or occupation.
After my enlightened trip to India I decided to do a ‘sea change’: become a fulltime Yoga Teacher and brand myself as such. The operative word: branding, being a graphic/web designer I figured I would brand myself and then start teaching. What’s the point in paying someone else when I can DIY and get exactly what I want.
Sabotage #1: You will be, by far, your own worst client. The isn’t perfect, water isn’t wet enough, artistic diva will emerge and you will be constantly dissatisfied with the results like some peudo-Leonardo da Vinci creating the CSS Mona Lisa. Second guessing every font choice or doubting the entire style ‘maybe I should have gone with watercolour-grungy steam punk instead of minimalist’ AARRG!
Sabotage #2: You will get addicted to anything that will take you away from your main goal. I discovered Pinterest and got completely hooked creating every DIY project I can pin (5 in the past month alone). I’ve also developed some random insatiable interest in epigenetics and truffle hunting. Writing this blog is a perfect example, you’re welcome.
(I didn’t create that last one)
Sabotage #3: Deadlines will just take your procrastination to a higher level as they go swooshing by. Suddenly your place is so clean you can perform surgeries, your ‘need to do list’ is completely ticked off for the next 5 years, your nails look great and you’ve started facestalking ex’s.
Sabotage #4: You find yourself become even more socially awkward and constantly answering “I’m working on it..:(” when people muster up the courage to ask you about it even though your forehead says Don’t ask. Or you become the queen of segue avoiding the subject by talking about the last epigenetics article in Nature or how you love Pinterest.
Final sabotage #5: Your loved ones will suffer. I’ve started training my dogs for truffle hunting even though they hate mushrooms, like every canine out there. Plus, I have no idea where to find truffles in Australia. But nonetheless, I’ve anointed the hole in their favourite trow balls with some pure truffle oil and have them search for the balls during our daily walkies. I’m hoping to one day to be randomly walking through the bush and one of my dogs finds a 1200$, 1.3 kg Perigord Truffle under an oak tree. Not to mention my poor husband who has been patiently supportive (or secretly consulting a psych ‘spa’) of all these crazy ideas.
I better get off my blog and get back to writing website content, which is about as pleasant as medieval dentistry.