Are you a person who defers taking action? Does your momentum fade shortly after you start a project? Do you consistently hit the snooze button once or twice before actually getting out of bed? These are just a few signs of procrastination. Napoleon Hill says procrastination is the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday. People procrastinate for many reasons, some include fear of failure or success, confusion about what to do or making a decision, lack of motivation or desire and more often than we care to admit – laziness. Truth be told, procrastination is often the reason people have not accomplished their goals, realized their dreams or even died not having lived, as my pastor often says.
We must take some action, even if things do not turn out the way you anticipated. To quote an old saying, “One failure is better than zero tries”. Thomas Edison failed thousands of times over the course of a year and a half before perfecting the light bulb. Now that’s what you call persistence, which is the exact opposite of procrastination. Persistence says you never quit; procrastination says you never get started! What about Madame CJ Walker, we all know her story. This orphaned daughter of slaves and widowed mother did not allow her circumstances to dissuade her. She went from the cotton fields of the Delta’s to being the most successful self-made female entrepreneur of the twentieth century. |
The two principles that foster productivity and perseverance according to John Rohn are to: Break your tasks down into smaller manageable pieces. Instead of concentrating on the novel, fill the paper with words today. Then we should write things down, focusing on your present experiences. Write down what you do and where you go. At the end of the day, you will have recorded any distractions, detours and time wasters. This will force you to look at what you are actually doing and what you are not doing.
Change your mind! Make the decision to start today, read a motivating book, attend workshops and seminars in your area of interest, research and study people who are where you want to be; finding out what they did to get where they are. Then see yourself NOW the way you want to be in the near future. In the words of Coach Anna McCoy, are you going to be a doer or a wanderer? Are you going to “getter done” or will you be a person with big dreams and no finishes? Let us not wait for some person or situation to force us to do what we should have already been doing. The start begets motivation, which begets persistence, which begets faith. Now is the time – Make this the first day of your new beginning!