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Chapter 6. Making Sure You'll Really Do ... > How Likely Are You to Change? - Pg. 61

Making Sure You'll Really Do It This Time 6. 61 7. Get frustrated and accept setbacks. If the change process were plotted on a graph, it would look like those jagged lines and peaks and valleys we see on graphs of things such as interest rates or the level of unemployment in America. For every two forward steps you take, there's inevitably going to be a backward step. If you are aware of this from the outset, you'll be less likely to give up when you become frustrated. Instead, you'll accept occasional setbacks as a normal part of the process. Work through the frustration and past the setbacks until a new behavior gradually replaces the old habits. As you keep plugging away through the change process, you will wake up one day and realize that your new behavior has started to feel like a habit. Instead of spending the day putting off things and worrying about what you should be doing, you'll get things done without having to put a great deal of thought and effort into your actions. You will have replaced the do-it-later habit with the do-it-now habit. After you've made your way through these stages, you'll need to cycle back through them periodi- cally to maintain your new way of doing things. This maintenance process is addressed in Chapter 24, "Keeping It Going." How Likely Are You to Change? So now that you know what change is like, what are the chances that you're going to be able to overcome procrastination? Take the following quiz to find out. Circle True (T), False (F), or Not Sure (NS) to indicate how you feel about each statement. Be honest! T T T F F F NS NS NS I am completely fed up with my procrastination. I fear that severe negative consequences are just around the corner (or already here) if I keep putting things off. I can be patient with the change process and comfortable with the fact that it might take a long time to break