Episode 11

Published on:

2nd Jul 2024

Stealing Fire Back From Procrastination | Steven Lawson

Do you know the real cause of why you procrastinate?

On today’s solo episode of Potent, Steven tackles the concept of procrastination, and how while many may view it as a lack of discipline, in reality it’s more rooted as a fear response. Through his experience with the Monk Manual and coaching entrepreneurs over the years, Steven identifies patterns and consequences of procrastination he’s observed, such as feelings of shame and lost potential, while detailing practical strategies like setting clear goals, sitting with discomfort, finding inspiration, and building a supportive community to better help confront and navigate procrastination effectively. 

About Today's Guest

Steven Lawson is the founder and creator of the Monk Manual, a productivity company on a mission to fix productivity by serving the whole person, mind + body + spirit. After searching high and low for a more holistic and fulfilling approach to work and human flourishing, he found it amongst the ancient path of the monks. Featured in Inc, Forbes, and Fortune magazine, this new (old) model for work and personal growth has already helped over 100,000 people cultivate peaceful being and purposeful doing in their everyday lives.  Steven lives in Buffalo, NY with his wife and three children.  

Show Notes

00:00 Intro, Procrastination, Potential, and Malaise

03:52 Procrastination is not about discipline, but fear and discomfort

11:10 The Mechanics of Procrastination: Decision - Avoidance

13:36 Confronting Procrastination: Strategies for Moving Forward

17:38 Procrastination Beyond Actions: The Impact on Being


The Potent Podcast is produced and edited by Justin Sinclair, who also composed the theme music. Additional editing support and mixing by Aaron Feeney.

This podcast is brought to you by the Monk Manual. The monk manual is dedicated to providing best in class tools for helping you build a more potent life, and experience peaceful being and purposeful doing on a daily basis. If you’d like to be more intentional with your time and energy - please visit monkmanual.com.

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Welcome to Potent, the podcast where we explore transformative ideas and practices to help you live into your unique potential and build a more potent life. By exploring ideas and practices from expert thinkers and practitioners in psychology, business, personal development, and spirituality we provide you with new and old ideas + tools for building a full(er) life.

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About your host

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Steven Lawson

🎙️Host @Potent Podcast + 🏔️ Founder @monkmanual. As seen in Forbes, INC, Fortune, CBC, and Thrive Daily.

I like helping people.