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Are you a procrastinator? As I talk about planting new seeds this week, have you been THINKING about sowing those new “crops” and not actually DOING it? It is so […]
Are you a procrastinator? As I talk about planting new seeds this week, have you been THINKING about sowing those new “crops” and not actually DOING it?
It is so easy to make excuses to not actually get anything done, right? You can always “Get to it tomorrow” or “When you feel better” or “When you’ve got more time” or whatever other new excuse you happen to come up with.
Procrastination can be caused by feeling overwhelmed, a fear of failure or disorganization. But it also can come from indecision, lack of vision or divided focus. I hear a lot of people claim they do their best work “under pressure”… is that you? Unfortunately, procrastination and pressure lead to mental fatigue, stress, anxiety, fear and unbelief.
When saying is easier than actually doing…
Psychology professor Joseph Ferrari told the New York Times, “Time Management techniques work for some, but they are ineffective for the people who are chronic procrastinators. To tell the procrastinator ‘just do it’ would be like saying to a clinically-depressed person, ‘cheer up’.” If your procrastination is affecting your lifestyle and mental health, you need more than just tips, you need a full blown strategy!
Procrastinating might help you get by, but it won’t lead you down the path to success. The only thing you can do to beat procrastination is to take action.
If you are one of those suffering from chronic procrastination, try these steps to take action and achieve success.
Step 1: Create a vision. One of the leading causes of procrastination is failing to have a clear vision. When you have a lack of vision, it leaves room for all those little excuses and indecisiveness to take over.
Step 2: Take action. Decision and action leave no room for procrastination. When you make a decision and follow it up with action, success happens!
Step 3: Celebrate your sprouts. Once the seeds are planted, stay motivated by celebrating your sprouts. It can be easy to go back to your old ways after achieving some success. Instead of focusing on the size of your success, find motivation from any and all progress. Those sprouts will mature into a crop someday! If neglect them or put off watering them, they WILL wither and die.
The ultimate decision you can make is to decide what kind of life you want to live. If you continue to sow into chronic procrastination you will reap a life full of stress with little success to show. If you want to sow seeds of success, act now – not later!
We live in a world filled with all kinds of distractions. As if procrastination wasn’t a big enough issue, you are surrounded by Facebook, email and your cell phone glued to your hand… all busy work begging for your time. And if you don’t direct your time, it will get sucked up into those other places so easily.
What lifestyle choices are you planting today? Ones of fear, inaction and stress? Or new ones of success, productivity and success? Please leave your comments for me below and take the extra 30 seconds to Like and Share today’s message of motivation.
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In great faith,
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