Minisode Monday #53 | Creative Avoidance

Minisode Monday #53 | Creative Avoidance

Welcome to Minisode Monday, where we kick off the week with something quick and actionable — to make you more magnetic and effective — that you can implement right away.

This week, Reach author Andy Molinsky rejoins us to talk about the creative ways we manage avoidance of things we don’t want to do — and what we can do to break the habit.

Let’s get to it!

The Cheat Sheet:

  • Avoid the task entirely. Structuring our lives around the tasks we want to avoid. Example: staying away from networking events, even if we know we could benefit from going to them.
  • Doing the task, but only part way. Accomplishing the part of a task that’s slightly more comfortable than the rest of it. Example: Going to a networking event, but making an excuse for leaving early.
  • Replacing the task. Convincing ourselves that doing an easier task makes up for the task we don’t want to do. Example: Being active in social media because we don’t want to go to networking events.
  • Procrastinating. Putting off tasks so we can avoid doing them until later (or possibly never). Example: Not responding to networking event invitations in time to actually make the events.
  • Passing the buck. Having someone else do the task we don’t want to do. Example: Sending an assistant to the networking event we’d rather avoid.
  • Rationalizing that the task’s not important anyway. Example: Telling ourselves we don’t need networking events because our own hard work will ensure success.
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Jordan Harbinger - author of 842 posts on The Art of Charm

Jordan Harbinger has spent several years abroad in Europe and the developing world, including South America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East, and speaks several languages. He has also worked for various governments and NGOs overseas, traveled through war zones, and been kidnapped -- twice. He’ll tell you the only reason he’s still alive and kicking is because of his ability to talk his way into (and out of) just about any type of situation. Here at The Art of Charm, Jordan shares that experience, and the system borne as a result, with students and clients.

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