Hoo boy… Once again, I have totally put my heart out on my sleeve and have talked about one of my personal demons – Procrastination.
If you read my earlier post a couple of months ago about how I got a copy of the book “The Procrastination Cure – 7 Steps to Stop Putting Life Off” (by Jeffery Combs), you’ll know that this is a VERY important – if not somewhat touchy topic for me.
WHY do I have to spill out my guts every time I sit down to write? I honestly do not know.
It just happens. I cannot seem to help it, and I cannot seem to stop it.
This stuff touches quite a nerve with me, because (as you’ll see when you read my review), procrastination and I have a long relationship. Oh yeah, we go waaaay back.
For example – and this just came to me: WHY did I fail at being a Girl Scout? It wasn’t that I didn’t WANT to earn badges. But, I kept putting off doing the work. So, I never got the girl scout badges, and my Girl Scout career ended on a less-than-satisfactory note by 4th grade.
(It’s actually quite the story… More of a confession, actually: Suffice it to say I forged some initials on Girl Scout Badge Pages in the Handbook, and then blamed my little sister for it. The scout leader somehow knew I lied, and my sister was off the hook. Sadly, I was not. That was my last day at Girl Scouts. See what procrastination can do for you?)
There are some things that I put off because I’m afraid to do them. Afraid or not – it’s still procrastination.
There are other things that I put off because I’m still mired in emotions about them. “Should I? Shouldn’t I? Will it be GOOD? Will it be BAD?” Yikes… what a chocolate mess cowtowing to procrastination can caucse!
The worst type of procrastination – I think – is something that you’ll read about in my article – which started out primarily as a review about Jeff Combs’ book “The Procrastination Cure…”
The worst type is when you put something off for so long that there comes a day when it’s actually just too late. You couldn’t complete the activity if you ate your Wheaties, drove a Ferrari to the site, or even if you were handed a million dollars on the spot to do it.
Because it’s just too late. The person is no longer living, and it is a physical impossibility to now complete the activity that was put off for so long.
So. There you have it.
As I was writing my review of the book, I thought about WHERE on this website I should place it. Should I place it under “Personal Goals and Motivation?” Or perhaps “Life Strategies for Success?” Surely, the article can fit in either of those categories.
But for the moment, I have placed it under “Entrepreneurial Strategies” and here is why: I truly believe that procrastination has hindered my success in business in the past more than any other contributing factor. And that hinderance affects other parts of my life as well.
And I have a feeling – especially after reading the book – that procrastination is a toughie for other entrepreneurs as well. I explain this more in the full article. I’ll definitely link to the article from my other sections of the site, because I feel it is so incredibly important.
I would rather not see others feel the pain of not completing something that they really COULD have completed.
Enough is enough. Let us all succeed. I always talk about taking action. Let’s take some together.
So, let’s move on. I now invite you to read my review and discussion of…
The Procrastination Cure – 7 Steps to Stop Putting Life Off… To read it, please click HERE.