Do you struggle with Procrastination?
Follow the story about Jane and her desire to overcome procrastination this week! Updates will be added to this post daily. (All people represented in this story are fictitious)
Jane works as a trainer for a training company. While she is a very capable employee, she struggles with procrastination. Currently, her procrastination is making it difficult for her to complete the proposal she has been charged with. Bob, her boss, calls Jane into his office and says “Jane, Acme Company has just called me and they want the proposal presented in 2 weeks. You have discussed some great ideas about how to present this proposal to Acme. If you make this presentation, and Acme signs on, I’ll give you the promotion we have been discussing.” As Jane leaves the meeting, she is ecstatic, doing a little dance around her desk. This promotion has been a dream of hers for years now. But then her happiness fades into panic, thinking to herself, “can I get it done?”
Jane calls her UTUE Teacher, excitedly stating, “I’ve been given the opportunity to present a proposal, which could lead to a promotion, but I don’t know that I can complete it – what the @*%& do I do???” Her UTUE Teacher calmly explains that procrastination is an emotion that can be cleared. “There are other emotions associated with procrastination, such as fear, unworthiness, shame, anxiety, distraction and frenzy. By clearing procrastination energy, we can see what emotions might be keeping you connected to your need to procrastinate, even if you are motivated to do well!” Jane resplies, “I really want to make my deadline! Can you help me?”
Jane works with her UTUE Teacher and they begin clearing. They clear procrastination, fear, unworthiness and helplessness. Her Teacher sees the energy of jealousy that Jane is carrying. Jane gasps “Yes, my mother was jealous of me and my abilities; she would beat me up emotionally whenever I was successful.” Jane continues, saying “whenever I’m ready to complete a project I get these butterflies in my stomach and I feel stuck.” The Teacher begins working with Jane to clear the memories of the emotional pain that happened whenever Jane was about to finish a project, the resistance to finishing, and fear of the pain of completion. Then they begin clearing the barriers to Jane’s creativity and confidence to do a great job on this project. Jane ends the session feeling full of ideas and possibilities.
After leaving the UTUE Teacher she has felt good and she has many ideas about how to present a great training program for Acme Company so they will sign a contract with her company. It’s been 5 days since Bob spoke to her; Bob calls her for an update, “bring everything you have on your Acme presentation to my office now.” Terror grips Jane because although she has had many ideas she realizes that she doesn’t have anything to show Bob. She makes an excuse and quickly types up a few ideas on paper. As she sits down in Bob’s office, she feels the overwhelming anxiety in her stomach. She gives Bob her brief list. Bob’s face becomes red – she knows he wants to yell at her – but he keeps is voice under control. He says “Jane, I’m very disappointed; I thought you would be farther along with this project. I don’t want any excuses and I know I don’t have to say that if you make us look bad you could be fired!” Jane leaves the office dejected and filled with anxiety.
Jane’s enthusiasm and excitement has turned to depression and powerlessness. She feels the anxiety and fear in her body, making it difficult for her to focus on her project. She contacts her UTUE Teacher, who gives her some suggestions about what to clear and encourages her to attend the UTUE weekly class. The topic of the class doesn’t relate to her procrastination issues, but she feels more focused after participating in class, with the general clearing, visualization and activating Creator Energy. Everyday, Jane clears her need to procrastinate, and activates creator energy to have focus to complete this project with ease; as she feels better, she works on the presentation. She is up late the night before the scheduled meeting, completing the last minute work on the presentation. The day of the presentation she is ready, but tired from all the last minute work. She clears her anxiety and overwhelm just before the presentation. Jane leads the meeting, the customers are fully engaged in the presentation, and Jane shows her ability to identify the customer’s needs. The customers are pleased with the proposal, and Jane is ecstatic. The president of Acme says it was an excellent presentation and signs a big contract for services. Bob is all smiles during the presentation, but as they leave he says to Jane, “Lets meet next Monday in my office.” He doesn’t look happy.
Jane sits down in Bob’s office. “Jane”, he says, “you did a great presentation and it was amazing work, but I have serious concerns about your ability to get the work done if I give you this promotion.” Jane feels like someone just punched her and feels betrayed, “Bob, you promised, you need to give me a chance” Bob is obviously uncomfortable but says “when I promised you the promotion I felt you could handle the job and with this new client it was easy to justify this new position. But I’m worried that I’m going to have to supervise you and I expect my mangers to be self starters.”
Attend our class tonight and we will decide Jane’s fate and whether Bob should give her the promotion. We’ll talk about procrastination and what Jane can do.
Jane had a meeting with Bob and he praised her presentation and that they were able to get the contract. Bob said to Jane, “your skills and abilities are first rate and I would like to give you that promotion but I can’t. If you’re a manager I expect you to be able to do your work and prioritize it like a manager and be a model for your staff.” Jane responded, “that’s not fair and I did what was asked of me and we got the contract!” Bob was firm, “if every time you do a project I have to worry that you might not get it done then I can’t have you as a manager, and it’s a bad example for your staff!” Jane left the meeting feeling betrayed and hurt. She went to see her UTUE Teacher and told her about the situation. Her teacher said “you don’t realize that your procrastination affects everyone around you.” Jane exclaimed “I get it! I was feeling hurt because I thought it was only me who was affected by my procrastination but I see now that it affects everyone.” Jane was determined to continue clearing so she would get better and get her promotion.