Although “procrastinate” is a verb, it lacks action and commitment. Nothing ever gets done by procrastinating.
Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.— Don Marquis
How much time have you spent preparing to take action? Days? Months? Years? What are you waiting for? No more excuses! If you’ve been in a rut, it’s time to get off your buts.
The above excuses and self-imposed limitations will keep you stuck in the groan zone: Darn! Oh well! I told you it wouldn’t work out! Too bad! The longer your buts stay stuck to your easy chair, entertaining negative chatter, the harder it will be to mobilize your magnificent plan.
Time to move forward. No need to apologize for past inaction. Choose to end this self-sabotaging cycle today. Know that you already have everything you need to begin now!
It is only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth — and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up — that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.— Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
Are you ready? First, I’d like for you to stand. Great! You’re doing just fine. Next, walk over to your desk or workstation (if you don’t have one, imagine where it’s going to be) and pick up a notebook and pen. Super! You’ve just consciously taken your first few steps toward mobilizing your intention.
Now, in your notebook, write action steps that you will accomplish this week. It’s okay to begin with baby steps.
Your plan doesn’t need to be perfect, but it will keep you organized. Start by jotting down little things you can do each day this week. Setting an intention to honor your God-given gifts and talents is a move in the right direction.
Make a few calls to businesses in your area or check online for organizations that may benefit from your expertise. The reference desk at your local library is a valuable resource. Are there volunteer opportunities in your community? Could a part-time job help you learn more about your trade or refine your skills?
Perhaps a weekend seminar will spark a bright idea. Plus, you’ll be meeting with other people who have similar interests. Committing to lifelong learning will help keep you motivated.
You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.— Martin Luther King, Jr.
The positive energy begins to flow, and the universe opens up to support you. Every few weeks, celebrate your progress. For example, play your favorite song and sing along at the top of your lungs. Or invite a friend to lunch and share your progress. You may want to journal about how much you’ve accomplished and how much you’ve learned. Doesn’t that idea feel good?
Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases, and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.— Wayne Gretzky
Whole health is about nourishing ALL aspects of your being, not just eating healthfully and exercising. Fulfilling your life’s purpose and sharing your passions with others are essential components.
You say you want to…
Paint. Play the piano or violin. Start a charity. Create your own publishing company.
No more excuses. The power is within you. It’s time to slap your buts out of the way so you can get on with your dream.
What dream have you put on hold? What seems to be preventing you from taking your first few steps? Imagine yourself six months from now making progress toward your life goals. What do you see? How do you feel?