How to stop procrastinating
A new year has begun, so to say, and a lot of people, if not all, have started setting goals on their expectations for the year. In the yore, so many people have done similar things without doing anything to make it happen. Why did they not make it happen? One major reason is PROCRASTINATION. They always said they would do it, but never did it because they always delayed doing it, until they became too weak, too busy, too lazy, and too disinterested to do it – this is most people’s problems because they don’t know how to overcome procrastination and laziness. They want to do something but don’t ever get to do it. They know how to achieve certain milestones but never take a single step into what they know how to do. They can plan but never execute. They can dream but never make it tangible. It isn’t the number of dreams you have that makes you a successful person; it is the action that you take. Without action, every dream and expectation are illusion. Many people are living in illusion with the supposition that things will work themselves out, but it never does, because it is your steps that will progress you. Every foot is lame until it is used. Get up and walk towards your future, because there isn’t a tomorrow until you go for it. This year, you must learn how to stop procrastinating and get things done.
Many people set the alarm clock to help them wake up at certain times, but when they hear the sound, only a few have the discipline to obey. Some set the alarm to sound maybe, three times at five minutes’ intervals. When the first sound goes off, they wait for the second, and when it’s the second, they wait for the third until they are late for their appointments. After disobeying the alarm clock for days, their sensitivities become dead to the sound, until they no longer hear anything. Procrastination sears your sensitivity towards your goal, until that dream means nothing to you anymore. One major inhibitor of dream is delaying to do it. One main setback of goals is not spontaneously acting on it. One serious antagonist of vision is seeing it but promising to pursue it, without actually running towards it. The only thing that makes a target easier to shoot is when you reduce the distance between you and it. The distance only reduces when you head towards it.
I often hear people say, ‘delay is not denial’. But if you honestly want the truth from me, I will tell you that most delays are denials. Except you take it now, you may never take it. The idea you have didn’t come to you first, and it wouldn’t stay with you for long before knocking on your next-door neighbor’s apartment. If you don’t speedily execute it, within a jiffy, someone somewhere will within a click of the fingers, do something substantial with it. Then, you will bite your nails as you patronize the person that brought it to the finishing stage. That is what has happened to a lot of people, and will continue to happen to so many people because they delay to act on what they have.
I will conclude by telling you a quote from Marcus Aurelius, and he said, ‘“Think of all the years passed by in which you said to yourself “I’ll do it tomorrow,” and how the gods have again and again granted you periods of grace of which you have not availed yourself. It is time to realize that you are a member of the Universe, that you are born of Nature itself, and to know that a limit has been set to your time.”
Get off your lazy butt, and work on your ideas!