December 2, 2008.
"Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday."
There are some things that just seem to naturally go together. How could you have baseball without hot dogs? When you think of Ginger Rogers, you just naturally also think of Fred Astaire. And of course there is always mom and apple pie. It just seems as though the minute you think of one, you think of the other. The list of these dynamic duos goes on and on.
But there is yet another duo that is not so dynamic. In fact, they are a downright destructive duo. When you find one, you can bet that the other is sure to be lurking in the shadows. This double trouble duo works in tandem to wreck havoc and leave devastation in their wake. They pilfer dreams and choke off creativity before it has time to blossom. They fill people with feelings of confusion, disillusionment and doubt. The sole purpose of these despicable bullies is to knock you down and then kick you again and again to make certain you stay down for keeps.
Who are these dastardly, sinister, absolutely rotten to the core villains?
Fear and procrastination, that's who! They are double trouble and if you are not careful, they'll come gunning for you.
"Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears."
Fear and procrastination. Procrastination and fear. You rarely find one without the other. Regardless of which one you write down first, they spell big time T-R-O-U-B-L-E with a capital T. One of the biggest problems they create is they literally paralyze their victims from head to toe. And once fear and procrastination set their hooks in you, it becomes doubly difficult to get rid of them. Or get anything done.
As soon as you become afraid to do something, you immediately put it off. And the moment you put it off, a surge of fear begins to build up inside of you. The longer you wait, the greater the fear. The greater the fear, the longer you wait. As fear weaves its insidiously evil web inside you, it becomes harder and harder to summon up enough courage to complete even the simplest of tasks. You are frozen by the fear of failure. And the double trouble tandem has you right where they want you. And it's not a pretty picture.
"Fear is a darkroom where negatives develop."
Usman B. Asif
If you don't stand up and conquer your own fear, it will show no mercy. It will not stop until it put its death grip around your throat and squeezes the life out of you. Its sole purpose is to take absolute control over you and it will if you let it. But do not fear. You can turn your fears into high octane fuel once you realize that fear is only an emotion - and you can control your emotions. You simply need to get your emotions working for you, not against you.
Hey, let's face it, we all fail. And nobody likes to falter or fall short. But life's true winners are never afraid of failing and that is the key to their success. They keep plugging away, getting better and better with each successive failure. In a way, these winners look at failing as a necessary growing pain. Hey, don't get me wrong, they don't like the pain any more than you do. But they get over the pain and get on down the road.
So let me to ask you a couple of questions. How much pain has you and your family already endured because you lacked the courage to take a chance and give life your best shot? How much more pain are you willing to suffer by continuing to allow fear and procrastination to rule your life?
You probably answered that first question with 'Too much.' I hope you answered the second question with 'No more.' Come on now, how can you ever expect to get better if you don't give it all you have to give? Winners get really good at channeling their emotions by turning their fears into FUEL. So should you.
"The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek."
A friend of mine used to say he ate fear for breakfast. Boy, did he have the right attitude or what? Instead of caving in to the temptation to quit, he challenged himself to turn those feelings of fear around and use them as a source of ongoing strength and motivation. You and I can learn a lot from the example he set. Fear is an emotion that we can control -OR- one we can allow to control us. It's our choice.
The would-be winners put the things they fear the most on the bottom of their to do list or worse yet, refuse to do them at all. So the fear keeps piling up. And they keep living their lives in fear.
Winners, on the other hand, put the things they fear the most at the top of their daily to do list and then do them first and get them out of the way! And so should you.
Like any good habit, it will take a little while for you to get totally comfortable with doing your feared things first. But once you get in the groove and start doing the things you fear first - you'll forever vanquish fear and procrastination from your life. And let's face it, the sooner you get rid of these two troublemakers, the better. Without these pesky pests hounding you at every turn, you'll feel lighter, brighter and happier than you have felt in years.
And who knows, maybe you'll even be eating fear for breakfast as well.
The Bottom Line:Whenever fear and procrastination come calling, kick them to the curb. And kick them good and hard!
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