Perhaps this man is just tired, or maybe he is a diabetic with a low sugar level.
Procrastination is the most sinister issue I know
The reason why most people fail to get a start-up or project off the ground is they wait. They wait for conditions to be perfect and of course, they never are. When you procrastinate you could easily end up living a life of scarcity and dreading the coming of every new day. Procrastination can cost you everything.
While I have observed procrastination in many people well before my health problems, I never believed procrastination could be so sinister when you are under pressure, any pressure either business or health.
I first learned of the sinister nature of procrastination when I read Dale Carnegie’s book “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living” shortly after I was married (46 years ago). I now know that procrastination can creep up on you at any age.
“The habit of always putting off an experience until you can afford it, or until the time is right, or until you know how to do it is one of the greatest burglars of joy. Be deliberate, but once you’ve made up your mind -jump in”. Charles R. Swindoll
Procrastination can be a ‘killer’; it invites disaster as well as causing you a lot of guilt and added grief. When you have self-doubt, procrastination becomes a form of escapism; it becomes a very bad habit and putting things off can become incredibly seductive.
Procrastination is death by instalment plan. It is a scientific fact that ‘a body at rest tends to stay at rest.’ In other words, if you sit there procrastinating the chances are you will stay there procrastinating. Are you a doer or a procrastinator ‘gunner’ with potential? Procrastinators tend to sit there all day compiling lists of how to do things and becoming more and more critical of the people doing things.
Understanding procrastination helps with the cure
- Procrastination is self-doubt and self-punishment.
- Procrastination is escapism, self-made.
- Most of all procrastination is a habit, a very bad habit.
- Putting things off can be incredibly seductive.
- If the task is important to do, do it now and avoid the guilt and grief.
- Why do human beings do anything? To satisfy our basic wants and needs.
- It’s common sense to satisfy physical needs ‑ why not psychological needs?
- We can often become confused about psychological needs.
- You invite disaster by procrastinating.
- Procrastinators are self-critical, almost masochistic.
- Not everything in life makes sense on the surface.
- Procrastination is one common result of conflicting wants and needs.
- Procrastination can be a symptom of a family or a financial crisis.
- Procrastination is like an ‘unruly committee’: unanimous votes are rare.
- Procrastinators are boring. The more they procrastinate, the more boring they become.
- They have nothing new or exciting to talk about.
Watch out for the procrastinators in your business, because they need help and you need them as an effective part of the team.
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I find nobody likes to be a procrastinator and with a little help, they can fix this bad habit.
There are many causes of procrastination other than severe health or business problems. It is not always your fault, so do not be too hard on yourself. Procrastination refers to the act of replacing more urgent actions with tasks less urgent or doing something from which you derive enjoyment and thus putting off impending tasks to a later time, irrespective of their importance.
A procrastinator often reminds me of a person who knows fifty ways to start a business but never does. Become a fixer of procrastination, not a victim.