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Are You A Doer Or A Dawdler?

Are You A Doer Or A Dawdler?

Welcome back to Part 2 in the Overcoming Underearning series inspired by my friend Barbara Stanny, author of Overcoming Underearning and a leading authority in women and money. I didn’t tell you last time in Part 1, which was about determining whether you’re an underearner, but Barbara’s story is killer. Her dad was the R of H&R Block. So she inherited a boatload of money. You know — trust fund baby and all that goes with it.

But then she married the wrong guy, trusted him with her money, and POOF. It was gone quicker than the pumpkin carriage in Cinderella.

After a lifetime of having guys take care of her finances, Barbara had to figure it all out herself — lickety split. What she learned launched her into her current career, in which she is committed to helping women avoid the mistakes she made and claim their place as high earners getting paid what they’re worth.

Amen, sister!

So…today’s post is about what to do once you’ve determined that you’re an underearner. Are you a Doer — someone who overcomes underearning and starts raking in the big bucks? Or are you a Dawdler — an underearner who stays an underearner? Here are some of Barbara’s tips for being a Doer, not a Dawdler.

8 Rules for Achieving Remarkable Results

(from Barbara’s Overcoming Underearning program and book, that is)

  1. Make a vow to yourself: underearning is no longer an option.
  2. Keep your commitments. Do what you say you’re going to do.
  3. Instead of letting disruptions derail you, use disruptions (like moving or getting married) to practice the 5 steps (which we’ll cover here in Part 3 of this blog series).
  4. Enroll your spouse or significant other in this process.
  5. Put yourself first. Remember the oxygen mask! Dawdlers take care of everybody else first. Doers know better.
  6. Keep passages from Barbara’s book, snippets from this blog post, or other inspiring quotes where you can easily see them.
  7. Rigorously observe your actions and thoughts. Don’t engage in limiting beliefs or self-sabotaging behaviors!
  8. Do what you dread. Face it. Suck it up. Do it.

Are you on board? Have you gotten off the fence and out of your own way enough to do this? If not, sign up for the free Get Out of Your Own Way mini e-course here and then check back!

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Lissa Rankin

Lissa Rankin, MD is a mind-body medicine physician, founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute training program for physicians and other health care providers, and the New York Times bestselling author of Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself.  She is on a grassroots mission to heal health care, while empowering you to heal yourself.  Lissa blogs at and also created two online communities - and She is also the author of two other books, a professional artist, an amateur ski bum, and an avid hiker. Lissa lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and daughter.


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8:56PM PDT on Jun 29, 2011

thank you

12:22PM PDT on Jun 16, 2011

I'll do that, after I lobotomize myself.

5:57AM PDT on Apr 11, 2011

noted thx

9:13PM PDT on Apr 9, 2011

A doing dawdler/dwadling doer for sure!

6:44PM PDT on Apr 8, 2011

Good tips. Sometimes I do, sometimes I dawdle. It depends on my moods and the situation and circumsnatces I'm facing and also to a lesser extent the people involved. Thanks.

2:47AM PDT on Apr 3, 2011

Thanks for the article.

12:56PM PDT on Mar 18, 2011

Thank you

3:41PM PST on Mar 10, 2011

Being interested in more than just "in the moment" makes someone a great doer.

9:48AM PST on Mar 2, 2011

To your comment: "Suck it up," I'd say: "Slurp". Except for another, older saying that seems all too true. "There's many a slip 'twixt cup and lip'.

6:47PM PST on Feb 26, 2011


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