#285 Procrastination is Opportunity’s Natural Assassin
You put it off
You get up, you’re super motivated, you’re cruising. Then you remember something you have to do that you don’t want to do. You put it off. And then you put it off again the next day. And the next.
You start saying “I’ll wait until tomorrow” or “I’ll start Monday” more and more. A pattern starts to emerge.
This happens to everyone in different areas of their lives.
What do you procrastinate on?
When it comes to business and work, I love to attack stuff head on. Even if it’s a big mountain to climb, I’ll still go at it full-go.
On the other hand, if my wife is trying to get me to take out the trash or do something around the house, I’m terrible at getting it done.
What procrastination actually does
It’s saying, "I am getting one day further away from what I'm trying to accomplish by operating this way."
The key is to develop the awareness to know when you’re procrastinating on something. Catching yourself in the moment, then forcing yourself to act, can be extremely powerful. It breaks the cycle and gets you to do the things you’ve been putting off.
It’s funny because whatever we’ve been putting off usually isn’t as bad as we think it’s going to be. Getting started is the hardest part. But getting started sets things in motion. Things in motion creates momentum. And momentum creates good things.
Do then show
There will never be a shortage of people that talk and never take action.
Flip the script. Do, then show. Meaning, take action and let the results show for themselves. The results are going to show, the momentum's going to show, and the creation's going to show.
Talking without action is empty words. It’s a house of cards with no foundation.
Think about those family members or friends that say they’re going to start that business, go on that trip, start losing weight, do a powerlifting meet, or run a 5k. But then nothing ever happens. They always say, “Oh, I’ll start Monday.”
Monday after Monday passes, and the procrastination cycle repeats. Does this sound familiar?
My suggestion? Break the cycle and get started. Know and understand that conditions will never be perfect. It just means you’re on version one.
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