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"Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried" Unkown

While we always say "It's never too late to..." There is an immeasurable distance between late and too late. We know what we want to do, what we would like to have, what we'd love to achieve but somehow we always find ourselves escaping and shying away from the hard work needed to fully reach our goal.

In no way am I saying life should be "all work and no play" but if you procrastinate too much you will never start getting things done. Procrastination, (apart from being a very hard word to pronounce), is the surest way of 'avoiding' success in your life, leaving you with bitter thoughts of how your dreams are too far high to reach. Remember: The longer you wait, the harder it is to catch up. So...

What Should You Do? Here are three powerful and simple tips for you to start moving.

FINISH THINGS

Although we are explaining about how hard it is to get going, another hard thing to do is to finish what you started. When you start a project and you do not finish it, it will leave you feeling down about yourself and your 'lazy' behaviour. Thinking you will never manage to finish completely a simple task will make it even harder for you to START something else. So make sure to complete your task.

BE DECISIVE

Knowing what you really want is a great tool not just for beating procrastination, but for everything in life. Make it a point to know what you want most and go straight after it. Put on horse blinders if you will and race towards the finish line beating every task as effectively as possible. If you are sure of what you want, you will not see the tasks at hand as "work" but as a pleasurable experince thus completing them more effortlessly.

MAKE THE FIRST STEP

When we are starting out on a new adventure, looking out at that long journey in front of us can be quite intimidating and may seem downright impossible leaving us with not so much enthusiasm. Just make sure to make the first step. It will shift your energy from "That's Impossible" to "I think I can do this". Make a plan of your tasks and start tackling them one by one, making the whole journey seem more doable, breaking it down in chunks instead of trying to bite all at once. As long as we get there, there is no reason why we can't make it a bit easier.

There is no universal law of having to finish what you started. If you start watching a movie and it sucks, just watch something else. BUT not doing tasks that you know you need to do is not advisable. If you put off doing things that are needed for your success then you are moving farther and farther away from your goals. Not moving forward is the same as moving backwards.

I have to tell you that me too, most of the time, leave off things I can do now for tomorrow BUT that's going to stop. As I always say I am not some 'life success coach', I am just writing about what I learn on a day to day basis on my journey to a more happy and fulfilling life.

I hope I helped you see that procrastination can be beat. We can do anything we put our minds to with just a little push.

Till next time...


Street Talk

I must say I was bait shaken because I have started doing something difficult lately and I really needed words like these. Awesome secret for me! Thanks for sharing

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  about 7 years ago

You are welcome Maria. Glad I could help you out! Thanks for stopping by and commenting! :))

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  about 7 years ago

A secret for you is great for me! Thanks. Yes, it's good to be reminded of the hard facts. Finish! Decide! Act! thanks - blessings, Cynthia

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  about 7 years ago

Thank you Cynthia

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  about 7 years ago

Thank you! It's good stuff to be reminded of.

  
  about 7 years ago
Jane Eyre  

To quote Yoda there is no try, only do or not do!

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  about 7 years ago

very well said, thanks for reading and for the comment! :)

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  about 7 years ago

Ah a secret for you does it again, nail on the head hitting article. How many times i have said we should .......... and never done it only to see some else do well. I know closing ones eyes and diving in is not a good idea, but if it feels good in the heart don't pause put your foot to the floor boards and go for it.

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  about 7 years ago

That's right, we shouldn't spend too much time thinking about doing something but we have to start acting!

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  about 7 years ago
C4rmen  

what you say here about 'not moving fwd is moving backward' is such a subtle thing but so true. great article, thanks.

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  about 7 years ago

Thank you, it is true if you think about it that not making progress is like moving backward, that's why it is so important to act. Glad you enjoyed the article!

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  about 7 years ago

Well said. I agree, starting is only half the challenge. Finishing is the other!

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  about 7 years ago

Yes it is such an important point. Not finishing may even be worse then not starting. Thanks fo reading the article.

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  about 7 years ago

Good article. I too find myself thinking there will always be time later.

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  about 7 years ago

me too! it's time for us to change. haha

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  about 7 years ago
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