An Open Letter To My Generation…
Generation Y has been referred to as a “pampered, over-praised, and relentlessly self-confident generation,” offered independence, control and endless options our entire lives. And as a Gen Y-er, I gotta agree!
It’s easy to make excuses and create distractions, instead of doing what needs to be done. But in reality, procrastination does not lead to success and the ONLY way to beat procrastination is to take action NOW!
Today, I’m sharing a quick tip I believe can help you in every area of your life. I came across a study about procrastination last year, and it seriously amazed me. I know so many people who struggle with this issue, but there’s a simple way to overcome it.
According to the University of Calgary, 1 in 4 people are chronic procrastinators. Whether it’s a student pulling an “all-nighter” cramming for a test, an employee waiting until the last minute to complete a project at work, or a mom putting off the laundry until she is surrounded by mountains of dirty clothes, procrastination can get the best of you… if you don’t learn how to deal with it.
That’s why I want to share this quick message with you today. I’m sure you never deal with procrastination yourself, but if that statistic is true and 1 in 4 people are actually chronic procrastinators, that means you know a lot of people who could benefit from this.
It’s easy to make excuses and create distractions for ourselves, instead of doing what really needs to be done. But in reality, procrastination causes stress, anxiety, fear, skepticism and pressure. Procrastination does not lead to success! The only way to beat procrastination is to take action now (not later)!
Procrastination will keep you from getting a promotion at work. It will keep you from building your business. It will keep you from paying off your debt. It will keep you from going on your dream vacation. It will keep you STUCK!
Procrastination comes from indecision, lack of vision, and lack of focus. But decision wields so much power. When you make a decision, and follow it up with action, success happens! Decision and action leave no room for procrastination.
We live in a world filled with almost infinite distractions. As if procrastination was not a big enough issue, we have all these distractions like Facebook, email, IMs and cell phones begging for your time and attention. And if you don’t direct your time, it will get sucked up into other – unproductive – places.
When we are distracted, we begin to feel overwhelmed by the tasks facing us. But instead of pushing forward and doing what needs to be done, guess what 98% of the population does? They procrastinate! They put themselves into this endless cycle of distraction, procrastination and stress.
My friend, it’s time to break the cycle, by taking action today!
Many people justify their procrastination by saying they work best under pressure. But according to a study published in the International Journal of Innovation and Learning, working under pressure leads to mental fatigue, negatively affecting work quality, productivity, work engagement and innovation.
I know you are capable of succeeding beyond even your wildest dreams. So I will leave you with this today…
We know procrastination does not lead to success – it leads to stress, pressure and fear. As you evaluate your own habits regarding time management and productivity, you have to make the decision: Will you choose to use these strategies to overcome procrastination and live the life you want to live? Or will you keep putting off your dream life until tomorrow (and the next day, and the next…)? It’s up to you!
Remember, I believe in you! I can’t wait for you to blow your own mind with the success you can achieve by taking action, instead of putting things off until “tomorrow.” And, help others by sharing this message now… don’t put it off, the people in your life will appreciate the assistance! Then share your biggest procrastination hurdle with me below.
And don’t forget to join me for The Dani Johnson Show today, when we share even more of my personally-selected tips and strategies to help you build a strong foundation for your success! You can find the show on your TV and radio and please remember you can always stream today’s show right here on our website.
In great faith,
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