Is it Procrastination or Something More?


Troyann Williams

Procrastination is one of the most notorious symptoms of self-sabotage behavior however, when I talk with people about their struggles I always try to dig a little deeper. Once I ask a few questions, I often find the elusive self-sabotage behavior of “getting stalled in the planning stage.”

I have always found my clients to be perfectly capable of reaching the goals they set for themselves, and they were usually much closer to their success than they believed themselves to be; they just needed help getting rid of their self-imposed roadblocks.

Whenever I work with a client that uses the self-sabotage behavior of “getting stalled in the planning stage,” they will typically tell me that they are great at coming up with new ideas and planning them out. However, once they’ve planned the implementation of their ideas down to the nitty-gritty detail, they begin to lose interest in the project, so their energy and motivation stalls out.

One of my favorite clients, Gail (not her real name), has started every kind of new business imaginable. She is creative, intelligent, educated, and very energetic, so there is no real reason why she couldn’t move forward and turn any of her ideas into a successful business. Unfortunately, Gail was consistently blocked by the self-sabotage behavior of “getting stalled in the planning stage” so she was unable to stay motivated to implement an idea once she completed the planning stage.

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Gail loves to PLAN! She loves getting a new idea and then planning it all out! She says she even gets a buzz from planning out a new idea. She will work for hours working out the details of how to implement her new idea. She will create a detailed plan of action, map out her goals for the implementation of the plan, create forms and timelines needed for implementing the plan, and create spreadsheets for tracking the impending success of her idea. When Gail talks about creating a Plan of Action for new ideas her excitement and enthusiasm actually make her look as if she is glowing.

In the past, when Gail had a new idea for a new business venture, she would work day and night to put together the Plan of Action for her new venture until she had every detail mapped out and then as it came time to transition into the implementation stage, she would begin to lose interest. The love would fade, the excitement would subside, and the momentum would die out, so eventually she would move on to some other new and exciting idea that needed to be planned.

The entrepreneurs I work with who deal with the self-sabotage behavior of “getting stalled in the planning stage” will give me detailed reasons why they dropped an existing project and moved on to a new project, but in the end they always admit that they know these “reasons” are just excuses. Their challenge is that they do not know how to break free from their self-sabotaging behaviors.

The inner part of you that blocks your success always has a positive intention behind its behavior. The inner saboteur is actually an inner protector because it has only one mission, which is to protect you from perceived danger. The goal of any good success coach is to help you find that inner perception and help you change it to something that will continue to protect you, but in ways that are much more in alignment with helping you to move toward your goal — not away from it.

As Gail and I progressed through her work she became more and more aware of when and why she set up this cycle of starting a project and then dropping it for something new.

Like Gail, her mother also had lots of energy. As Gail was making her way through her school years her mother always wanted to “help” her with her projects. Although her mother was only trying to “help”, Gail would feel as though her mother had taken over the project, so Gail would lose interest and let her mother finish it for her. Gail said she could still hear her mother’s words, “Honey, let me do that for you.”

While Gail’s mother was so very proud of how much she helped her daughter, she could not see that Gail perceived her mother’s “help” to mean that she was not capable of completing anything on her own.

Gail realized that the only time she felt she had any control over a project was when she was planning it out. Once she began to implement the plan her mother would get involved and “take over” until the project was complete. Gail had set up an internal way of protecting herself from the pain of failure by never allowing herself to actually get past the planning stage to implement any of her ideas.

Gail and I worked together to help her inner protector (previously the inner saboteur) find more effective ways to protect her from failure. Gail realized that her mother’s positive intention for helping her was to make sure she was successful, which would protect her and provide her with greater opportunities. Gail set up a new internal belief that used her mother’s positive intention of moving her toward success. Gail set it up that she could more effectively protect herself if she moved through the successful implementation of her projects. As a bonus, Gail added in the feelings of excitement and accomplishment for completing a project; feelings she has seen so often in her mother as she completed Gail’s projects for her.

Not all inner saboteurs are as easy to find as Gail’s, but it can be done with any inner self-sabotage behaviors and the rewards can be enormous!

Getting stalled in the planning stage is the result of hidden inner fears that it is not safe to actually accomplish the goal; that success might somehow cause us harm. So not allowing yourself to move into the implementation stage becomes a way of protecting you from this perceived danger.

If you are struggling with the self-sabotage behavior of “getting stalled in the planning stage,” take the time to figure out what is the “positive intention” of the inner saboteur. What does it want for you that is much more important than your success? Once you find the inner positive intentions, you can work with it to find more effective ways to keep you safe and move you toward the success you desire.

Troyann Williams is a highly renowned SuccessEsteem Coach. Troyann has devoted her life to developing a coaching program that helps people shift self-sabotage behaviors into SuccessEsteem for reaching greater levels of happiness and prosperity. To learn a step-by-step process for Breaking Free from Self-Sabotage Behaviors, go now to ==>

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Saturday, December 12, 2015 

On Wednesday, German football club Bayern Munich defeated Croatian football club Dinamo Zagreb in a UEFA Champions League group stage match played Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb.

Bayern had a greater ball possession. The match saw three yellow cards, all for the home side. A total of 16 fouls were committed in the match. Zagreb defender Gonçalo Santos was the first man to be booked for committing a foul on Lewandowski in the 31st minute and Munich won a free kick. Xabi Alonso took the kick but it was just wide. First half ended in 0–0.

In the second half, Thomas Müller was substituted in for Franck Ribéry in the 47th minute. Later, in the 61th minute, Thomas Müller assisted Robert Lewandowski and he scored a header, making it 1–0 lead for the visitors. Lewandowski doubled the lead in the 64th minute, assisted by Sebastian Rode.

Josip Pivari? was yellow carded in the 73th minute. In the 87th minute, Eduardo Carvalho was yellow carded for bringing down Arturo Vidal in the penalty area. Bayern won a penalty kick, but Müller hit the woodwork. The match ended 0–2 while Bayern had already qualified for the next stage.

Bayern Munich and Arsenal advanced to the Last 16 knockout stage of 2015–16 UEFA Champions League.

Zagreb ended fourth in the table and their European journey for this season ended. Greek Olympiacos, being third in the table after 3–0 defeat at home by Arsenal moved to UEFA Europa League.

Saturday, January 15, 2005 

Jeff Tweiten, a 27-year-old graphic artist, is encamped in front of the Cinerama Theatre, on a blue sofa, in the northwest city of Seattle, Washington. Tweiten plans to wait 139 days for the premiere of “Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith,” which opens May 19, 2005.

He has received help from a community of friends and local business people who have supplied changes of clothes, coffee, food, and a nearby restroom.

City authorities have chosen not to enforce vagrancy laws that would force Tweiten to move between the hours of 7AM and 9PM local time.

Tweiten also camped out for the previous two episodes of the Star Wars movies, “Episode I” and “Episode II”.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007 

Daniel Snaith, better known as Caribou, formerly known as Manitoba until a lawsuit by musician Richard “Handsome Dick” Manitoba, recently played New York City’s Bowery Ballroom. Below is Wikinews reporter David Shankbone’s conversation with the electronica pioneer.

David Shankbone: How is the tour going?

DS: How do European and American audiences compare to each other?

DS: But they are more electronic in Europe than they are here, right?

DS: You reach the same fans in each place?

DS: Do you play to larger audiences over there or here?

DS: Do you have a favorite venue?

DS: What would be a dream venue to play?

DS: Is there a continent you haven’t played where you would like to?

DS: Rio or São Paulo?

DS: How has the Iraq War affected you as an artist?

DS: Has it affected you as a person?

DS: Do you find you’re more inspired by manmade things or things in nature?

DS: What sort of ideas inspire you?

DS: Would you consider your music to be mathematical?

DS: Do you have a favorite mathematician or unsolved mathematical problem?

DS: What’s a trait you deplore in other people?

DS: What’s a trait you deplore in yourself?

DS: You think that might be a negative?

DS: That’s a challenge for any human of whether or not to pursue something you think is a greater good or indulge yourself. How do you wrestle with that question?

DS: Well, we need music in this world and if people are responding to it, you’re giving something to them.

DS: Maybe. [Laughs] Hillary or Barack?

DS: What do you think of Gordon Brown?

DS: What would be a bigger turn-off for you in bed, someone who was overly flatulent, or someone who spoke in a baby voice?

DS: Do you have a favorite curse word?

DS: Favorite euphemism for breasts?

DS: If you had to choose between the destruction of the entire continent of Africa or the entire continent of Asia, which would you choose?

DS: What are traits you respect in a woman?

DS: It doesn’t differ in men?

DS: What’s your most treasured possession?

DS: Any favorite films?

DS: What difficult question in an interview do you anticipate but are never asked?

DS: What question are you tired of answering?

DS: In the last year, where have you drawn most of your influence, and you can’t have been listening to them beyond a year ago.

Submitted by: Robert Christian Jr.

Media and private home theater screening rooms are becoming more and more popular with homeowners because of the lower cost of media electronics, greater availability of local companies specialized in the remodeling and renovating of rooms designed specifically for media and home theater use.

The Media Room is where you can put all those video game consoles, computers, dvd players, plasma screen TVs with surround sound and all electronic gadgets find their home in this room. Generally, this room combines games, computers, music and TVs.

A Home Theater screening room is often dedicated as a room where the entire family can sit down in comfort dig into some popcorn like the movie theaters and watch movies on a very large wall screen.

In today s economy with the rising price of tickets just to see a movie combined with the cost of popcorn and drinks often equal to the cost of a complete meal in any near by restaurant. It makes real sense for homeowners with a family to consider remodeling ideas that include utilizing the garage as a home theater, media room, or just an expanded family space. The one consideration most homeowners openly express are they do not want to sacrifice any of their current living area for home entertainment. This makes the garage the ideal remodeling space to consider for additions to your home.

If the garage already exists and is attached to your home it becomes the prime remodeling candidate for a new media room or home theater family room.

Remodeling your garage into a family media or home theater screening room could well be your dream come true. Remodeling the garage into a usable family room requires the displacement of everything currently in the garage including the car. Do not let this scare you. Look at the garage as an empty space, walls, floor, and open ceiling offer a lot of unused storage space area for the many things you may be now tripping over.

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During the planning and design stage some things you might consider based on how finished or unfinished your garage interior space is and if weather conditions are an issue.

Within your planning stage, an important consideration is plumbing and electrical for your new room.

-Do you need a bathroom in the garage?

-Is your washer and dryer currently located in the garage?

-Do you need a kitchen or food service area?

-Do you need heating and air conditioning?

Here are some important storage considerations to get you started.


The cement garage floor allows you a wide choice of coverings such as wood flooring, carpet, and many types of tiles. The garage floor needs to be sealed with a primer coating and a vapor moisture barrier coating applied to the floor. This step prevents mildew and moisture buildup under whatever final floor covering you have selected.


If the garage walls are unfinished, they will need to be covered with drywall and possibly insulated, painted, and trim added. The walls offer the largest area for storage cabinets, shelves, and wall organizer systems. A well-designed wall storage solution will get most of the boxes, bags, tools, bikes, and holiday decorations off the garage floor.


Your new remodeled garage will look much more organized and homey when everything in the room has a place where it belongs. Shelves come in many decorative styles and sizes. You can easily add shelve space to your room without the cost of adding square footage.

Overhead Storage

Overhead storage is a very popular option used in homeowners garages. Most home garages have an open ceiling. This upper ceiling area is very much the same as the main house attic- If you cover the beams in the garage with drywall and paint the drywall you have a finished ceiling. Put in a drop down ladder and even an electric hoist and you can lift and store almost anything you don t need on a regular basis in the attic.

A media room or a home theater remodeling project involves good planning and design to create a family room that becomes a comfortable and natural part of the entire house.

About the Author: Robert Christian is a freelance writer and published author specializing in garage renovation and remodeling for the DIY home owner. To learn more, contact Robert at


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Thursday, August 9, 2007 

Investigators say that flaws in the design of the Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota may have caused it to collapse and that the design flaw is not “unique” to the Minneapolis bridge.

According to an ongoing investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the flaw was found in the steel plates connected to girders, which are large support beams used in construction and connect the plates together. It is reported that extra stress from construction equipment might have caused the plates to separate, causing the bridge to collapse.

The flaw has not yet been confirmed to be the source of the disaster, and the NTSB says that the investigation could take several months to fully be completed.

At least six people were killed and at least eight are missing, whilst over 100 are injured after the bridge collapsed on August 1.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010 

Rescue efforts are underway to free more than 200 skiers trapped Tuesday at Maine’s Sugarloaf ski resort, which is located 120 miles north of Portland. Several injuries were reported after a ski lift broke down; an employee at the resort said this caused several people to fall to the ground.

The Spillway East lift reportedly came to a halt during high winds due to a derailment. Around 10:30 a.m. ET, a cable slid over one tower’s pulley leading to five chairs falling about 30 feet.

Ethan Austin, a resort spokesperson, revealed that several individuals were taken to near-by hospitals with non-life-threatening conditions. At the time, winds originating from this month’s blizzard were blowing up to 43 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service. Austin confirmed Tuesday afternoon that the lift was carrying around 220 people at the time of the breakdown.

Efforts to remove trapped skiers are in progress Tuesday afternoon.

Thursday, August 9, 2007 

Investigators say that flaws in the design of the Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota may have caused it to collapse and that the design flaw is not “unique” to the Minneapolis bridge.

According to an ongoing investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the flaw was found in the steel plates connected to girders, which are large support beams used in construction and connect the plates together. It is reported that extra stress from construction equipment might have caused the plates to separate, causing the bridge to collapse.

The flaw has not yet been confirmed to be the source of the disaster, and the NTSB says that the investigation could take several months to fully be completed.

At least six people were killed and at least eight are missing, whilst over 100 are injured after the bridge collapsed on August 1.

By Ajeet Khurana

We have been noticing that even today, many teachers continue to stay away from technology. They had to stay extremely organized in order to produce easy to understand graphs, charts, and other forms of graphic learning material. If a graph got messed up during an exercise or lecture, they were out of luck and had to move on and start afresh on new paper. However, things are certainly changing. New electronic graphic organizers are available which make life much easier for teachers and help students to understand their lessons faster.

SmartDraw Electronic Graphic Organizer

SmartDraw has a new piece of software that offers full capability for teachers who have little idea of the computer. Instead of just going along with the old, bland templates of the past, teachers have begun to create graphic organizers with this software. They can take previous examples and make the necessary modifications in order to ensure that their students get the point.

This product is one of the most revolutionary ones on the market because of the great functions meant for teachers. The software has more than one hundred of what SmartDraw refers to as “SmartTemplates”, which are specially designed applications that can be changed and quickly saved by a teacher. In addition to that, the markets are full of this product. With a quick download, you will have the software. After that, you shall be creating top notch applications for teaching and presentations using this software.

MatchWare Open Mind 2

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Among the more popular brands is MatchWare, who has introduced its new Open Mind 2 organizing product. This software is a professional looking mind mapping application that enables you to create your own professional looking presentations with no complications at all. With this new software, ideas can be turned into great looking graphic presentations in the matter of a little while. That flexibility and quickness is important for those people that are rushing against time constantly.

This product has drawn rave reviews from many of the customers who have used it to make their presentations. It allows for quick use and it one of the easiest systems to follow. Because it is fully compatible with Microsoft Windows and it has full integration properties, there should be no problem getting it up and running. The only problem with this product is figuring out which of the many applications to use. From the mind mapping software to the time table making ability, there is a whole range of features.

Just like other electronic graphic organizers, MatchWare Open Mind 2 can be quickly downloaded on the Internet with little trouble. This means that you can be creating great looking documents on the same day as your download.


For those folks that want a highly functional piece of software that is both powerful and easy to use, Tinderbox has become a popular choice. When compared to the other programs on the market, this one is extremely deep and has a lot of capability. Though it may not be as flashy as some of its competitors, this piece of software will help you do your job easily. Regardless of what kind of graphic presentation that you need to put together, there is an application within Tinderbox that will help you create it.

Tinderbox prides itself on providing products that are do the job and offer great features. The product comes with a great deal of assistance in case you happen to face trouble using the software. Because of the depth and overall capability of the application, you might end up having some questions about various features. That is all right, as there is included a help section which could put you on the right track.

Tinderbox also claims that its product is one of the fastest on the market. There are features included in this product that make it very easy to get work done quickly. You won’t be waiting around when you see that some work must get done.

These three products are some of the top electronic organizers making waves in the markets. Each one offers something that is unique and can help bring something special to any presentation. When you are looking to get across a point involving some data, how can you accomplish that then through visual, good looking presentation material? With a lightning quick download of any of these products, you can be on the way to creating terrific presentations that will surprise even you. Regardless of whether you are teaching English to a bunch of 7th graders or presenting a business proposal to a set of new clients, you will certainly enjoy these products.

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Saturday, June 6, 2009 

French authorities have today revealed that Air France Flight 447 sent 24 error messages shortly before the plane disappeared during the flight between Rio de Janeiro and Paris with 228 people on board. They also said that the plane’s auto-pilot was not active, although they say that from the error messages it is impossible to determine the reason for it being inactive. The crash is said to be the world’s worst aviation disaster since 2001.

Officials have still not determined the reason for the flight’s disappearance or located the wreckage of the plane, but have said that it was flying through an area of “powerful cumulo-nimbus” clouds. The authorities continued saying, “these are found frequently in this area and in normal climactic [sic] conditions”. However other meteorologists said the jet was entering a zone with unusual storms and 100mph updrafts which could have formed a vacuum, sucking water up from the ocean.

Fourteen of the error messages sent by the system were done so within a period of one minute, 2:10 a.m. – 2:11 a.m. UTC. It is thought that some of the error messages are related to the flight speed and controls related to auto thrust. Paul-Louis Arslanian, director of the French air accident investigation agency, said that the error messages indicated systems had shut down one after another. He also confirmed that the plane in question had encountered difficulties with measuring its speed and that Airbus was currently completing “a programme of replacement, of improvement”.

Airbus and Arslanian insist that planes are still safe, however Airbus have since re-sent information regarding difficulties with calculating speed and confirming their advice in such situations.

Previous announcements by the Brazilian air force that they had successfully located part of the wreckage of flight 447 have turned out to be false after ships recovered unrelated debris from the sea. After recovering debris from the sea, including a cargo pallet and two buoys, Brigadier Ramon Cardoso, the director of Brazilian air traffic control said, “[U]p to now, no material from the plane has been recovered.”

He continued, “We confirm that the pallet found is not part of the debris of the plane. It’s a pallet that was in the area, but considered more to be trash. The pallet was made of wood, and the Air France Airbus A330 did not have any wooden pallets on board. That’s how we can confirm that the pallet isn’t part of the remains of the aircraft”. It is thought the pallet came from a passing ship which is also being blamed as to the reason for the oil slick spotted in the area.

David Learmount, operations and safety editor of Flight International magazine, said: “The fact that the autopilot was not working is not the cause of this accident”, continuing by saying it is “not at all unusual” for the autopilot to cut out, alerting the pilots with a loud warning, adding “it’s not the cause, it’s the symptom” of the accident.

He also said that it was “designed to cut out at any time that it receives conflicting messages, which we know it was” and that “It’s designed to cut out rather than controlling the airplane in an unsafe way – it’s not an intelligent system, it doesn’t know which of the data are correct.”

Rescuers have long since given up on attempting to find any survivors instead now trying to locate and recover the wreckage of the flight and more importantly the flight data recorders, without which they say they may never know what happened to the flight. The process of recovery is expected to be difficult with the seabed reaching depths of 3,000 to 4,000 meters. Both American and French specialist equipment has been sent to the area with the aim of recovering the recorders, however French officials say that the locator beacons attached to the boxes could possibly have become detached by the force of the impact.

Speculation has been rife as to the thought cause of the flights disappearance, ranging from a direct lightning strike to weather in the area, however recently a Spanish pilot has said, via his airline Air Comet, that on a flight in the area he saw an “intense flash of white light”. The report, initially released by the Spanish newspaper El Mundo and then confirmed by AFP also said a co-pilot and passenger also saw the bright light.

“Suddenly, we saw in the distance a strong and intense flash of white light, which followed a descending and vertical trajectory and which broke up in six seconds” the unidentified captain said.