I’ve been in a few conversations lately where the topic of procrastination has come up. It is a very popular topic, and it seems to be something that everyone battles at one time or another. In fact, I’m sure there are some who struggle with constantly.
Last year, I wrote an e-book titled, Stop Procrastinating Now, and I can tell you that the feedback I have received from those who have read it, is that it made all the difference in the world for them. If procrastination has ever reared it’s ugly head on your life, then ‘d love for you to read it, too!
Time management really comes down to some very simple action steps. And procrastination, as powerful a force as it is, can be conquered by anyone almost immediately. In fact, over the course of time, it can be eliminated by any person willing to face it and who is open to creating some new and more productive habits.
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So here’s the first chapter of my e-book, Stop Procrastinating Now:
Procrastination is a beast. It is the antithesis of success. For anyone who wishes to accomplish anything worthy, it is the single most dangerous habit they can indulge in. And yes, procrastination is habitual. It is learned over time, and it is perfected with practice. It is a deceiver in the truest sense. In many instances, it feels like the right thing to do, and in fact it can lead to false confidence. But make no mistake; if you allow procrastination to run your life, you will never achieve the things you are capable of. Not in a million years.
So how do you rid yourself of this nasty habit and start moving toward achievement? It all starts with a very clear understanding of what procrastination truly is, and how it works.
The dictionary defines procrastination like this:
“To defer action; delay; to procrastinate until an opportunity is lost”
Put even more simply, procrastination is NOT taking action. Or, you might say that it is the ACTION of NON ACTION. And I want to take it a step further. I would say that procrastination is NOT taking INSPIRED action.
I’ll talk about inspired action a little more in depth in a moment, but understand that when you put something off, you almost always find something else to do. It just isn’t that thing that you know you should do.
Think about it. Get a clear picture in your mind of the last time you procrastinated. There was something that you knew you needed to, and yet you made the conscious decision not to do it. When you step back and look at that situation a little more objectively, it brings up a very obvious question. And that question is, “Why?” Why in the world did you choose not to do something that you knew you needed to do? Do you see how inaction could become a problem if it became a habit? Scary, isn’t it?
Now let me differentiate between action and inspired action.
Doing something just for the sake of doing it would not be considered inspired. When you are inspired , it means that you are imbued with the spirit to do something. In layman’s terminology that means you are moved to action because of a thought. All inspiration starts between your ears. You may hear something, or be told something, but however it gets there, you have a thought which leads you in a certain direction, and then you make a choice. You either follow that thought through, taking the inspired action…or you “blow it off” and and decide to do something else, or in and extreme reaction, you do nothing. The last two choices are of course, procrastination.
So now we have a pretty good working understanding of what procrastination is. At the core, it is not taking inspired action.
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