There is something that is keeping you from fully realizing your dreams and living in your purpose. You’ve been letting it hold you back for far too long. It’s time to put an end to the hold that it’s had on you and your mind and start getting things done.
It’s the power of the “P”, procrastination. What? What did you think I was talking about? Now that you’ve gotten your mind out of the gutter, let’s see how procrastination plays a huge role in holding great people back from really stepping into their greatness.
Studies have shown that 20% or more of people identify themselves as chronic procrastinator. What are the characteristics of a chronic procrastinator? Here are a few:
- Always putting things off
- Pays bills late
- Waits to the last-minute to do everything
- Misses opportunities because you put them off until it’s too late
Does that sound familiar? Can you relate to some or all of those characteristics? If so, there is a good chance you may be a chronic procrastinator.
A Cute Planner Will Not Cure Procrastination
From the outside looking in, one would say that to cure this “problem”, the person just needs to plan better, right? Wrong. Procrastination has nothing to do with time management. A person who procrastinated can plan events and task in advance but when it comes down to executing them, they just miss the mark. It’s like planning to procrastinate. You plan to attend an event. You have all of the details, date, time, etc but you put off purchasing the ticket. That’s a waste of energy, going through the process of planning but failing to execute one of the most critical steps. Do you find yourself doing sometimes? I know I have.
You Were Not Born This Way
Some studies show that procrastination is a learned trait and not a gene you’re born with. It is through your experiences in life that you learn to be an expert procrastination. How do you change a learned trait? You don’t feed it. You do the opposite until the opposite becomes your new habit. So instead of putting off that housework that you wrote down on your to-do list, just do it. You want a better job or to start your own business, do the work. Maybe you want a new boo but have been putting off setting up your match.com account, get to it.
Keep in mind that there is no better time than now and that you’ll feel better later after having accomplished the things you want to do.
By procrastinating and putting it off, you feel bad later and end up feeling like a failure because you put it off again.
Stop Lying To Yourself
If you think you’re doing yourself a justice by telling yourself things like; “Oh it won’t hurt if I do it later.” Or, “ I just don’t feel like doing that now, it can wait.” You’re wrong. You’re doing yourself an injustice, your goals/dreams an injustice and if you have any children, you’re doing them an injustice too.
You’re setting yourself up for failure by putting off for later what you can do now. Now don’t get me wrong, I know that sometimes you’re just tired and you don’t feel like doing anything. I get it, I’m a wife, mom, business owner and full-time employee. There are some day’s I want to come home and just throw myself in the bed but the results of that are not worth the risk. For me, if I let procrastination rule my life, my house would be a mess, kids would be raising themselves and my business would not be growing.
It’s all about being honest with yourself. Ask yourself what will the consequences be if you keep putting stuff off? How will it benefit you and those important to you? Will it keep you from growing?
Once you can paint a clear picture for yourself and see how procrastination is impacting your life, your goals, and keeping you from living your dreams, I hope that motivates your to step your game up.
Stop procrastination! It hurts you and it stagnates your goals.
So what did we learn today?
- Procrastination happens, it’s very common for people to pick up this trait.
- Time management is not the cure to procrastination. procrastinations can procrastinate in a timely fashion.
- Procrastination is a learned trait. We all know that all learned traits can be unlearned and a new trait can take it’s place. It takes 21 days to create a new habit.
- procrastinations are lying to themselves and doing themselves a disservice every time they use a phrase like, “it can wait until later.”
Your friend in your head and real life too,
Life Strategist KG
P.S. If you’ve suffered from the power of the “P” and want some guidance on how to lose the hold it has on you, let’s chat.