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Chapter 6. Making Sure You'll Really Do ... > Why Your Past Efforts Have Failed - Pg. 57

Making Sure You'll Really Do It This Time 57 If you are getting cold feet at this point, it might be because you're remembering all the times in the past when you tried to turn over a new leaf and nothing happened. Maybe the new you lasted only a day, a week, or even a month, before you were back to your old ways. A backlog of projects piled up, your home or office became cluttered again, and life started to feel out of control once more. It doesn't have to be that way again. In this chapter, you'll learn why your past efforts to overcome procrastination have failed and what you're going to do to make it work this time. Quicksand! Even if you aren't having any doubts about your ability to break the procrastination habit, don't assume you can skip this chapter. The confidence and motivation you feel now might wane in a few days or weeks. That's not pessimism; it's reality. Why Your Past Efforts Have Failed If you've struck out a few times when you've tried to stop procrastinating and make positive behav- ioral changes in your life, your failure was probably caused by one or more of the following factors: