I never thought overcoming procrastination could hit you like a ton of bricks from a random chapter in a book you’ve read more than a few times, but this is what happened to me, and I am going to share it with you, cause I know it will produce the same reaction in you.
So here is what happened:
I always go back to reread my self-help books. Most of the time it is as a result of a slight nudge from the Universe, that is how I found this gem in Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich.
Yes, I confess, I do procrastinate, and so I tend to listen to anything with the word procrastination in it. Here is the quote from Napoleon Hill
“This is one of the most common causes of failure. “Old Man Procrastination” stands within the shadow of every human being, waiting for his opportunity to spoil one’s chances of success. Most of us go through life as failures, because we are waiting for the “time to be right” to start doing something worthwhile. Do not wait. The time will never be “just right.” Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.”
First I will ask you to forgive Mr. Hill’s harsh arrangement of words, he wrote the book in 1937, but once again if that is what it takes to plant a sledgehammer in your procrastination bowl of cereal, then that is what we needed.
Here is the quote you should recite to yourself whenever “Old Man Procrastination” rears his ugly head, we fail, “…because we are waiting for the “time to be right” to start doing something worthwhile. Do not wait. The time will never be “just right.” Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.”
Three Reminders for Overcoming Procrastination
- Don’t wait for the time to be right. It will never be, just do it.
- Start where you are, and with whatever tools you have right now.
- Trust that things will get better if you just do something.
As a little bonus, try to remember what a sense of accomplishment feels like, even if it is from finishing your laundry or finishing a project you enjoyed. Now hold on to that feeling and know that overcoming procrastination is as simple as wanting to feel that good again.
Okay, here is another bonus for overcoming procrastination, create an atmosphere that inspires and motivates you to want to get things done. Check out this post on an awesome productivity tool I use, Tapping into your Creative Muse.
As a side note, I never knew I was such a perfectionist until I decided to jump in full on operating my website, perfectionism can be debilitating, so, it is also a form of procrastination for sure. The product will never be perfect, but it is the best you have right now, let it out into the world. If you reach just one person, you’ve done your work.
That’s it for now, sharing light and love,