What Is 'Someday Syndrome' and How Do You Avoid It?

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It's easy to put your dreams off and tell yourself tomorrow — or next week, or next month — will be the day you’ll take action. However, the idea that you’ll "get to it someday" is an excuse to procrastinate and not take the opportunity to start now.

Overcoming this mindset will enable you to take your dreams to the next level and push through the fears you have about starting today. Here are some tips to avoid “Someday Syndrome” and start making your dream a reality today.

What is Someday Syndrome and where does it come from?

“Someday Syndrome” describes a procrastination tactic that keeps us from taking action towards our goals. We’ve all heard the phrase, “I’ll get to that tomorrow” or “maybe someday.” These reactions are usually in reference to a goal we have or something we’re aspiring to achieve, such as owning our own businesses.

When you put your dreams off to “someday,” that procrastination could signal that you have conscious or subconscious fears about achieving your goals. There are countless fear-based root causes of your procrastination — you might be afraid of failure, embarrassment, letting your loved ones down, actually achieving success or a combination of all of the above.

Here are some common statements (excuses) people with Someday Syndrome might tell themselves that are often masking a deeper fear:

  • “I’m too busy to start a business.” = I’m afraid of how much time and effort it might take to get started.

  • “I’ll do it after my kids get through college.” = I’m afraid my business will fail and I won’t be able to support my family.

  • “There’s a lot of other people out there who already do this.” = I’m afraid I’m not unique enough and will be outshined by my competitors.

  • “I can’t afford the help I would need to get off the ground.” = I’m afraid to invest in something that might ultimately fail.

  • “I should probably go back to school for a business degree first.” = I’m afraid people will realize I don’t know what I’m doing and think I’m a fraud for starting my own business.

  • “I don’t know who I would sell my services to.” = I’m afraid I won’t be able to find customers and make money if I go out on my own.

  • “My boss and coworkers really need me right now.” = I’m afraid of how my employer might react if I tell them I’m quitting to start my own business.

  • “I might get bored or realize I hate running a business.” = I’m afraid I don’t have the knowledge and skills to be a successful entrepreneur.

  • “Things are going okay for me right now, so why should I fix what’s not broken?” = I’m afraid of breaking the status quo of my life and not being able to go back.

If you find yourself procrastinating and you’re not sure why, sit down and have an honest conversation with yourself (or a trusted friend, loved one, or mental health professional) to identify exactly what you’re afraid of. Once you name your fears and understand what’s holding you back, you can start identifying healthy ways to combat them and create momentum towards your goals.

How do you overcome Someday Syndrome?

Overcoming Someday Syndrome can be a difficult feat. After all, it’s easier and more comfortable staying where you are — most likely doing something you’re not passionate about — instead of taking a chance that could lead to a whole new life for you and your family. Thankfully, there are a few ways to tackle this mindset so you can move forward and achieve your goals.

Allow yourself to get excited.

One of the most powerful tools against Someday Syndrome is visualizing what you want the outcome to look like. Imagine exactly what you want the results to be, remind yourself why you’re so passionate about achieving this goal and keep focused on the end result when you start to doubt yourself.

Let your values and passions guide you.

Goals pursued with purpose are much easier to accomplish than something without a reason. If you’re not working towards your values or passions, you’ll most likely feel less motivated to keep going. Solidify your goals and values at the forefront of your mind. You might even adopt a spoken mantra or write it on a sticky note on your desk as a concrete reminder of exactly what you’re working towards.

Take advantage of opportunities that come your way.

If you’re procrastinating on what you know is best for you and your future business, you’re missing out on valuable opportunities that may be easily within arms reach. Take a chance on the opportunities presented to you like a collaboration or an interview that could gain awareness for your business. Even if the outcome isn’t perfect or affords a large vertical movement, you’re creating trust in your abilities and actively working to overcome that ‘someday syndrome’ by taking a leap of faith in yourself.

Break down tasks.

You may find "someday syndrome" is strong when there’s a large task for your business that seems almost impossible to complete. Breaking these tasks down into smaller, achievable steps will stop you from feeling overwhelmed and allow you to work towards the larger project with ease, as well as inspire a great sense of accomplishment when you finally crest that hill.

Prioritize accordingly.

Ensure you’re prioritizing what’s most important to you when launching your business by actively working toward your goals each day. If you struggle with time management or prioritization, create lists or ask for assistance to keep yourself on track.

If the thought of taking action today in business seems overwhelming, we can simplify the process for you. My Dream Bridge’s 6-Weeks-To-Launch Business Startup Accelerator gives you the tools and resources to build confidence in yourself, work toward your goals and banish Someday Syndrome for good.

For more information and resources for aspiring solopreneurs and small business owners, head on over to www.mydreambridge.com.

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