What Is Procrastination
Author: Byron Pulsifer, ©2017
Do you have a personal definition of what is procrastination?
Maybe, you do not think of yourself as one who procrastinates
simply preferring to think that you take on a task, assignment or a
project when you are ready. However, on the other hand, maybe
you do procrastinate without understanding just how prevalent it is in your life.
Here is one definition of procrastination: the act or habit of procrastinating,
or putting off or delaying, especially something requiring immediate attention.
What Does Procrastination Look Like In Your Life?
Do you trust yourself?
Do you believe in yourself?
Do you trust your intuition or are you stuck with two words that can
defeat you? Those two words that bring only personal or professional
defeat are 'if only' and 'someday'. The two most powerful words that
can keep you down, keep you from getting what you desire from life.
I am sure you have heard words like these or similar many times
before but have you ever sat down and thought about how many times
you have used either of these words and expressions?
Does procrastination mean that you have never succeeded
in completing your education? Does it mean that you constantly
think about household projects but never seem to have the
to start them or finish them? Do you have a dream about
starting a business but it never seems that it is a good time to begin?
If any of these scenarios describe you then you are a procrastinator.
The words like "someday I'll" becomes the mantel of self-expression;
it is a constant reminder, or at least it should, that you just can't
yourself to move forward with any personal project always bemoaning
circumstances that prevent you from obtaining what's on your mind.
I am very familiar with these words of negative thinking and
I have sought to keep from using them in all my own situations.
However, several years ago, I ran into a situation that continued
to make me unhappy. That situation was the work I did, and
the people I had to report to. At the same time, I was searching for
alternatives. But, before I decided to move on to a different environment,
I resurrected a long time desire. I was at first reluctant to give it any further
thought but the words "if only' stuck in my mind.
My Idea To Do What I Dreamed
The idea I had was to work as an actor. I know that may sound a
bit strange after many years of working in my profession but that's
what I was strongly thinking about. The idea kept swirling around
in my head so I started to investigate the possibility. I scheduled an
appointment to try out for an acting agency in the city. Off I went one
Saturday morning knowing this was probably one of those situations
that would either make me or break me.
There were only a few people at the audition so it wasn't long before
I was up on stage and asked to perform several scenarios and characters.
I did not have any formal training whatsoever in the past so these requests
were not easy to accommodate - but I gave it my best shot with the thought
that I needed to live each day and this was one of those days not to be wasted. As soon as I had finished, I noticed the owner of the agency talking to a couple of other people who had auditioned. Since I wasn't approached, I thought I must have bombed so I simply left and went home.
Nothing Ventured Nothing Gained
As I traveled home, my first thought was that at least I hadn't given if to
the 'if only' view and I had actually gone ahead and put my foot forward;
that felt good. I had not cowered to what I know can be a very
debilitating thought process and I sure didn't want to go to my grave
wondering 'what would have happened in my life if I hadn't gone to
Procrastination And Fear
The real part of the decision
to move forward meant that I had to conquer elements of fear.
Fear that I would look foolish trying to audition when I had no training
in any form. Fear that I would be ridiculed by my friends if they found
out that I had the audacity to even assume that I could be an actor.
The long and short of many people who fail even before they begin
is the fear of failure. And, as strange as it main seem, it is also true
that some have the fear of success.
Procrastination And Fear Conquered
It was only a few hours later that the phone rang. It was the owner
of the acting agency. He told me that he had wanted to talk with me
but I had left before he could. He went on to say that he was quite
impressed with my audition and said that I had a lot of potential.
The Jump Over The Procrastination
To make a long story short, I did go back and see him and that was
the start of a two years stint in the acting community. I did it. I did not
give in to the 'if only', or someday I might try it doubts that rule so many
of our lives.
Do Not Mistake Procrastination For Prudence
Before I close this discussion, I also want to spend a little time
clarifying what procrastinate is not because, it seems, some people
have the wrong idea of what it means. Procrastination does not mean
that you are putting something off because there is a valid reason to do so.
For example, you are not procrastinating in starting a welding business
if you have investigated and found that there is a notable down turn
in the local economy for the skills of a welder.
Or, it is not procrastinating if you do not release a new product
into the market place because your research has demonstrated
that the potential market for your product depends on the buying
power of the middle class who is currently facing a significant downturn
in the economy especially when your product is a 'want' not a 'need' product.
Prudence means that you are aware that an action that is ill timed or not thought out sufficiently would cause a problem. Procrastination means more that you should have done something but failed to do so for a vareity of excuses.
To quote Yanni, "All you need is passion. If you have a passion for something, you'll create the talent." Trust yourself - do what is your passion - go for it because you have only one life to live.
"Having the confidence to believe in yourself and your abilities will go a long way in creating your successes and improving your view of yourself." Raymona Brown
"Three strong attributes, which characterize a person, are hope, trust and a sense of charity." M.K. Soni
"Live authentically and passionately - Let these things show. They can be contagious." Christian Motley
"You may be surprised at the opportunities that open up to you if you simply speak up and show that you are willing to take on new tasks or responsibilities." Julie Lewthwaite, S. J. Miscandlon, Getting Things Done in Business
"Life's ups and downs provide windows of opportunity to determine your values and goals. Think of using all obstacles as stepping stones to build the life you want." Marsha Sinetar
"If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to your own estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment." Charles F. Kettering
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