I assume everyone is familiar with Dr. Dolittle's friend, the Pushmi-pullyu. This magical creature (described as a llama-like) has a head at each end. This is not going to be a zoological discussion of how the creature moves, or eliminates, or other such mysteries; instead, this is a reference to conflicting energies within yourself. Let me explain.
I have had clients over the years who have, with great excitement and determination, hired me for various projects, and then don't follow through for a while (if ever). We set goal dates and processes, and then they seem to disappear. In my experience, this is not due to a lack of motivation, but instead a lack of focus.
One past client had many irons in the fire and chose the one she was most eager to complete. That end of the Pushmi-pullyu was shouting, "Full speed ahead!" Then a different project, or idea, or emergency (the other end of the Pushmi-pullyu) shouted, "NO! Me first!"
The result? Neither end can move!
The solution? It depends. (Don't you hate that answer!)
It depends on several factors:
I believe that understanding your normal delaying habits can help you overcome the push/pull, stop/start dance. Refer to this post by my friend Lisa Crilley Mallis, a time management expert - do you recognize your patterns?
The only way to stop the tug-of-war is to start with even one small change. No more energetic whiplash!
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