Amplification: Making things larger than life

When we get stressed, we tend to make things bigger than they actually are. We amplify them. This is especially true if we have resistance or anxiety about a task at hand. Or fear of the unknown.

Anxiety and fear tends to magnify things. The longer we put it off the larger it gets. Pretty soon our perception of the issue is no longer based in reality. We have made it larger than life.

We have all experienced a task that we put off and then started to amplify. Then when we actually tackle it- it is turns out to be a piece of cake that takes five minutes to accomplish. We say to ourselves, "I should have done that months ago." Plus, while we procrastinate on this unfinished business, it weighs on us. We worry about having to deal with it. It is looming in the back of our mind. It saps our emotional energy.

So I have a proposition. When you have a task that you are intimidated by and you are starting to amplify it, invest 15 minutes on an exploratory mission. Its sole purpose to is give yourself information. You promise yourself ahead of time you do not have to anything besides gathering information. Exploration turns the unknown into the known. You now know what you are dealing with. The fear of the unknown dissipates.

For further the techniques on challenging fear and resistance, read Brian Tracy's book, Eat that Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time (link to website).

Life is challenging enough as it is- no need to make our tasks larger than they are.

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