Our executive function is responsible for organizing, activating, and prioritizing tasks. Let’s face it, most tasks and projects have multiple steps! This is an executive function nightmare! Not to mention, we become overwhelmed by unseen problems and obstacles.
The project/task feels too big. So we pictures and visualize ourselves failing. Probably a defence mechanism to try and avoid failing (also ties in with fear of failure below). The irony is that by visualizing failure it makes it hard to succeed.
Here’s the trick: Find a way to externalize your executive function! Meaning: what tools & systems can we set up for ourselves to support our executive function? In this case I would recommend breaking down each task into itty bitty steps. When you don’t think you can break the task down anymore, keep on breaking it down! The less thinking and planning that you have to do in the moment, the better off you will be! Write it down! Don’t keep it all in your mind!!
This is something that I do with my clients and it works extremely well! Once we have a plan and we know what we need to do, we have the motivation to start. Then once we have the momentum from starting, look out world – here we come!