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Chapter 6. Making Sure You'll Really Do ... > Your Support Team - Pg. 62

Making Sure You'll Really Do It This Time --Woodrow Wilson 62 Your Support Team Of all the tactics you'll use to overcome procrastination, having a support team is one of the most important. It's so critical that I've devoted all of Chapter 7 to describing who might make up your support team and how to find these people. For now, I just want to introduce you to the concept. A support team isn't a team in the literal sense. You don't need to type up a roster and print up T- shirts with team members' names on the back and some sort of Procrastination Busters logo on the front. (Although, if it makes you happy to do so, by all means, knock yourself out.) A support team is an inner circle of people to turn to for advice, strategy, re-sources, encouragement, and emotional support. Quicksand! Be careful when you seek help from people who are extremely efficient, productive, and successful. If they're too self-righteous about their way of doing things, they might make you feel inferior for being a procrastinator. Don't include anyone in your inner circle who could damage your self-esteem. The people you turn to for emotional support when the going gets tough or for advice and strategies when you run out of ideas may include the following: · · · · · Family members Friends Co-workers or other work-related colleagues Teachers or professors if you're a student Experts such as mental health counselors, career coaches, professional organizers, and more (these and other experts are described in Chapter 7) Out of these categories, exactly who you need on your team depends on the nature of the things you procrastinate about and the type of support you respond to best. Some people, for example, are more comfortable talking to friends about their problems than they are talking to their families. Others may not want to share their problems even with close friends and family and prefer to seek the confidential support that comes from a professional such as a psychotherapist. If you do prefer to turn to an objective source of support far removed from your family and friends, you can read about some of the people who can help in Chapter 7. The Least You Need to Know · If you feel like you're not going to be able to stop procrastinating, it's probably because your past attempts failed. · Understanding why your behavioral changes haven't worked in the past makes you less likely to repeat your mistakes. · Change is difficult because it takes time and effort, it is hard to do alone, and it leads you into unfamiliar territory.