December 30


Fed Up With Procrastination & Inner Resistance? How to Win the Battle – IMP#38

Tell me if this seems familiar: you know a lot about what you could and should do to drive your business forward... but you can't seem to get yourself to do most of it.

Call it procrastination, call it inner resistance, call it being a lazy bastard, it all amounts to the same thing: the incredibly frustrating experience of being stuck for apparently no reason.​

In today's podcast episode, you'll discover that this isn't at all uncommon among (even highly successful) entrepreneurs and the tools you can use to beat this problem.​


Podcast Audio

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Resources & Bonus

This podcast episode goes hand-in-hand with the previous one about how the right kinds of habits are crucial to entrepreneurial success. Check it out here.

To help you kickstart your productivity, I've created a small course. It shows you the quickest "brain hacks" that will mean you get more done without it feeling like you even have to make a real effort. You can get it for free, right here:

If you have any questions or feedback, please leave a comment below!

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About  Shane Melaugh

I'm the founder of ActiveGrowth and Thrive Themes and over the last years, I've created and marketed a dozen different software, information and SaaS products. Apart from running my business, I spend most of my time reading, learning, developing skills and helping other people develop theirs. On ActiveGrowth, I want to help you become a better entrepreneur and product creator. Read more about my story here.

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  • Hi Shane, I am big fan of your stuff and themes and when this bounced into my inbox I was keen to listen. Unfortunately as much as you made some excellent point, the one simple thing i found wrong with this was it was too long. I would love to see a summary of your thoughts as some notes or key takeaways so i can refer to every time i fall into the same hole.


    • Hello Manj,

      The podcast is simply in this kind of a format. For more concise content, you can check out everything on the site that isn’t a podcast.


  • Shane, thanks for a great explanation. What you are talking about is exactly why I didn’t finish one of my website in 2015. :)


    • Thank you for your comment, Irena! I hope this will help you make better progress this year. :)


  • Thanks Shane, that was very interesting to me in a number of ways. I am at the stage where I have a number of affiliate websites and I am making decent money without it being great. I could almost live off it but not quite there yet.
    It is fascinating to understand the mindset and I guess I am right now at the point where you described almost running an online business, but having the fall back that if it doesn’t work it was just a hobby. That is a comfortable place to be. Stepping out from behind that mask is both daunting in terms of failing and the fact that there is nowhere to hide.
    You did however make me realise something that I already know but still use to hide behind. When I don’t want to write blog posts for my 3 profit making sites I build new websites instead. (I now have 20 of those) Now I should say that building a new website is something I love doing so it is not a chore, but adding content to existing sites really is.

    I have thought often about changing the business plan to building and flipping websites as I enjoy doing that. However I also do not want to lose the revenue I earn from my existing sites.

    Confused as to what to do? You bet I am. For me it is not about being lazy but more about farting around when I get bored. So far I have 2 Adsense sites, 15 Amazon sites, have written 3 books which didn’t sell, tried CPA which I hated and have also done 2 courses which I never even put up online.

    I would love to just for once develop the good habits.


    • Hello Enda,

      I did the same thing when I was doing the niche site thing. I’d always prefer building a new site to working on an existing one. Just more exciting, somehow.

      I know you’re in a tricky spot, but you’ve also managed to come further than most in this space ever do. I hope you can capitalize on that in 2016.


  • Tim Lester says:

    The tinkering part hit hard but love it as not like most marketing BS. I think you were a tinker at some stage and if so how did you determine to put in the extra grind into Thrive Themes to become a leader or have you always put into the extra grind with all your projects and just Thrive accepted better in the market?


    • I was tinkering for a while as well, yes. I really started committing when I went all in on product creation and abandoned my niche sites.

      However, that doesn’t mean niche sites is the wrong thing to do and creating products the right thing. It’s just what suited me better and what I’m more interested in doing.

      One thing that helps me is that I thrive on challenges. I always want to see if I can take things further, do more, achieve more etc. But again, that’s a personal thing. The core of what makes a difference for me is that I found out what kinds of things motivate me and use those successfully.

      The way I found out was through a lot of introspective writing and experimentation.


  • Excellent Podcast Shane. Thank you once again for your practical words of wisdom. Love your work.

    Wishing you the best New Year ever!


    • Thank you very much for your support, Geoff! All the best for 2016!


  • Hi Shane, thanks for this great post. I’ve read quite some articles about procrastination but this podcast is definitely most helpful so far. A lot of it is what I’ve been thinking somewhere in the back of my mind, but it’s always more enlightening and assuring when somebody else lays it out so well and confirms it. Time to create a system and put it into practice!


    • Thank you for your comment, Barbara! Very happy to know that this was useful for your own work on beating procrastination. :)


  • Hey Shane,

    Really like your videos and Thrive stuff – having a bit of a time figuring stuff out, but was wondering – I got a bunch of emails from earlier in the year that were through InfusionSoft (pre Sept 9th) and can’t access any of those links – do you have that stuff on a new server somewhere or is that all history?

    Now I was over on Thrive Themes in Case Studies #32 7 Tricks that Will Get You More Traffic & More Conversions with Your Thrive Themes Suite and clicked a link to Thrive Content Builder formatting Training (I’m a paid subscriber on Thrive)and I get a popup to sign up below to get instant access to the video – I enter my email (which you already have as I’m logged in) and I’m taken to yet another website at authorityhacker with a new Active Campaign Login but no registration and I’m not recognized and can’t get a remembered password ( not a user ) – what’s going on with all this – please send me an email with some explanations on all the confusion – your videos are so straight forward and down to earth and these constant hurdles are the opposite!


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