Intentionally Pulling Down Strongholds to Move Past Obstacles

Pulling Down Strongholds…

Intentionally!

 

It’s Women With Intentions Wednesday – a day to talk about making purposeful, deliberate, intentional choices, and acting on them.

Self-disclosure: One of my ongoing struggles in life is procrastination. It’s not even intentional, most of the time. Actually, it’s a combination of procrastination and distraction, all encompassed within a big thick cloud of brain fog.

 

For those of us who have struggled/continue to struggle with procrastination, for any number of reasons…

WHY is it so difficult to overcome? Let’s see…

 

*Ongoing issues with procrastination indicate

an established stronghold or repetitive behavior pattern.*

 

Allowing a stronghold to remain in our lives is a risky situation that can hold us back from fulfilling our purpose.  Under normal circumstances, a stronghold–or a fortress–is a good thing, because it is set up as protection from attacks.

 

However, mental strongholds, as the name implies, represent strong holds or influences over us that create a mindset that resists change. They become deeply ingrained or embedded in our minds due to frequent negative repetition.  Once they have latched on, they are very difficult to break down and remove, much like a fortress wall.

 

Such is the situation when procrastination becomes a stronghold in our lives, due to its frequent, repetitive use. It requires honesty on our part to first of all acknowledge the problem, and then it requires diligence to consistently, intentionally, and methodically pull down the stronghold of procrastination.

 

I think sometimes, though, procrastination is like a comfortable, familiar bad habit…and just as difficult to let go of, because we have become so accustomed to getting behind, running late, not meeting deadlines, justifying a bad attitude, and all those related events, that it takes a great deal of effort and a willingness to make the necessary changes in our lives to overcome the stronghold of procrastination.

 

It seems we need to make it a priority to attack the stronghold of procrastination, tearing down one stone at a time.

 

Tear down strongholds!  [Source: morgueFile free photos]

 

So What About YOU?

 

Do you recognize strongholds in your life?

 

Is it an ongoing struggle to tear them down and replace them with better habits or strategies that will help you prioritize and pursue your purpose?

 

 

 

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23 comments to “Intentionally Pulling Down Strongholds to Move Past Obstacles”

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  1. Heather @ Kraus House Mom - August 9, 2017 Reply

    I am the queen of procrastination. I can start a project well before the deadline, but then I won’t finish it until right before it’s due. I just can’t help it.
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  2. Jeanette - August 9, 2017 Reply

    I love these reminders to make sure we are not so harsh on ourselves when we have a hard day.

  3. valmg @ Mom Knows It All - August 9, 2017 Reply

    I try not to procrastinate whenever possible. I like to make lists and check things off as they’re done.

  4. Mika - August 9, 2017 Reply

    As a professional procrastinator I can easily relate! Thank you for posting such useful tips. Every little bit helps!

  5. Anosa - August 9, 2017 Reply

    Procrastination and I have been friends for years and it’s taken a while but I am working intentionally on changing things in my life.
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  6. Amy - August 9, 2017 Reply

    I love all of these quotes. I’m bad about procrastinating but I don’t beat myself up over it. I work well under pressure! 😉
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  7. Beth Havey - August 9, 2017 Reply

    I hope you don’t mind if I post one of these reminders on Facebook. I tweeted. Great stuff.

  8. Ladonna Dennis Maxwell - August 9, 2017 Reply

    Every day I have to remind myself that today’s going to be a great day, regardless of all the issues I’m dealing with. If I have bad day, I try to let it go and move on. So much stress and such that I have to find positives in my life, even if they’re small ones

  9. candy - August 9, 2017 Reply

    Procrastinating is something I think most people struggle with. Some days I do awesome, others not so much. As you said concentrate on the good and let go of the bad.

  10. Joline - August 9, 2017 Reply

    Ah I needed this today. I’m having a rough day (more like a rough couple of weeks!) and I really need a push to get myself over the hump. I’m too hard on myself sometimes and it’s difficult for me to let things go. Love these quotes!

  11. Pam - August 9, 2017 Reply

    I can definitely be a procrastinator. I really need to get better about not procrastinating all the time.

  12. Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh - August 9, 2017 Reply

    Thanks for your great tips. I procrastinate about everything! I’d love to move pass it.

  13. Claudia Krusch - August 9, 2017 Reply

    It can be hard to realize we have put our own roadblocks in front of ourselves. I have been working hard in setting smaller goals for myself that are easier to achieve. If something doesn’t work out I just move on.

  14. Chelsea - August 9, 2017 Reply

    Procrastination because of anxiety is a huge barrier for me in everything!

  15. Melissa - August 9, 2017 Reply

    I’m the queen of rationalizing to get out of stuff when it starts feeling difficult. I quit piano and viola lessons, basketball, and playing guitar because I didn’t think it was right for me or too expensive. I’m really trying to grow grit by sticking with the blog that I’m writing for an extended amount of time.

  16. Our Family World - August 10, 2017 Reply

    My son is the great procrastinator and I think he got it from me. I wish I could do better to set an example for him, and I do my best, really. I think I should work on it more.

  17. Carol Cassara - August 10, 2017 Reply

    I don’t like the feeling I get after I’ve delayed a job or something that I need to do within the day. I usually list all the tasks during the morning and motivate myself to finish the whole list before the day ends. It’s a struggle on some days but it makes me feel better knowing that I no longer have to worry about it.

  18. Ali || Veggies by Candlelight - August 10, 2017 Reply

    I am a procrastinator with certain things, if I really don’t want to do the task I’ll find a way to do it last. I’ve been working on getting the things I don’t ever want to do first instead of last.

  19. Melissa Dixon - August 10, 2017 Reply

    Sometimes I procrastinate but more often than not I am done early and plan everything out. I love to have a plan!

  20. Kita Bryant - August 10, 2017 Reply

    Procrastination isn’t my issue. In fact, I have easily been able to forget about my shortcomings and letting those drag me down every day. Focus on the positive and the day will be positive!

  21. Heather - August 10, 2017 Reply

    My excuses are definitely holding me back. I need to get my life on track in many ways.

  22. Sandy N Vyjay - August 10, 2017 Reply

    They say procrastination is the thief of time. Procrastination has been a struggle with me too. Hope to win the battle soon.

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