The Three P’s of Inaction

In our session yesterday, my T told me that I was suffering from “The Three P’s”—Perfectionism, Procrastination, and Paralysis. Oh, how right she is.

For literally weeks now, I’ve been procrastinating about an article that I’m writing for my school. Typically, I love to write; however, because I will get paid/published for this article, and because this article is for a professor at a prestigious university, I’ve become paralyzed to write it.

It’s amazing how something like an article can make the three p’s show up in all parts of my life. I haven’t been able to call people back or get my list of things done. I don’t feel like going to work. I haven’t been writing on my blog (sorry!) Of course, the impending guilt, which perpetuates the three p’s’ cycle, doesn’t help matters.

Naturally, my mind tries to distract itself by shifting to FOOD chatter… I need to lose weight, cut my calories, join the new gym so I can compulsively exercise, blah blah, blah.

Today, luckily, I woke up feeling less stuck in the grips of the three evil p’s.

Today I know that focusing on my food and body won’t get my list of things done, or that article written. It will only help me to procrastinate longer and feel more guilty—both of which are great set-ups for a binge/purge—the ultimate sabotage.