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, 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 former pastor often said.
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 our 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 a decision today! 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 gonna ‘getter done’ or will you be a person with big dreams and no finishes. The start begets motivation, which begets persistence, which begets faith. Now is the time – Make this the first day of your new beginning!
Valerie Burton offers a great suggestion on how to Get Unstuck and Be Unstoppable!