Procrastination Second Bad Habit and you360
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Today, let's tackle the second bad habit of the "big three". Better know as the costly habit of procrastination. Every one of us is found guilty of this habit. This habit is learned from the early days of childhood up to the most mature and learned adult. Procrastination …sound familiar?
As a general rule, you may be good, you may even be an expert at doing the things you're comfortable with doing, things that you like to do. But when it comes to doing the things you don't like to do, things that are uncomfortable to you, not in your comfort zone, everyone tends to shy away from the obligations and put them on the back burner for another time or another day.
Are you an expert at making excuses?
You see, we're all experts, we're all experts at making excuses, putting stuff off, putting stuff on the "to do list" instead of on the, "do list". We're experts at putting it off until tomorrow, that which we should be doing today. We're all guilty!
Of all the bad habits that good people, bring to the table of their business, procrastination ranks right up there at the top.
What price do you pay when you procrastinate?
Whenever you put something off, there's always a heavy price to pay. Example, if you don't pay your credit card payment on time, what happens? You get a late charge...it cost you more money, right? Plus, you get a bad mark on your credit score...it cost you more money, right? You see procrastination always has a heavy price to pay.
- If you procrastinate and put off saving for retirement ...you pay the price.
- If you put off talking to your kids about the importance of good grades …you pay the price.
- If you fail to say I'm sorry to your spouse, friend or a co-worker …you pay the price.
- If you fail to show up when you said you would be there ...you pay the price.
Examples of procrastinating:
- Not working your business everyday...you pay the price.
- Not doing what you said you would do...you pay the price.
- Not pointing people to your website...you pay the price.
- Not working and trusting in your DMO and putting things off, that's a bad, bad, habit! …You pay the price.
Basically, when you procrastinate and put things off. All you're doing is exchanging today's disciplines for tomorrow’s regrets. And here's the problem with that. While the pain of discipline usually weighs ounces...the pain of regret weighs a ton.
Do you have the weight of the world on your shoulders?
In addition to the pain of the long-term consequence of procrastination, there's also a devastating short-term side effect. You see, when you put off doing something that you know you should absolutely be doing, you automatically weigh yourself down with guilt. And stack enough guilt, unfinished tasks, unfinished jobs, unfinished stuff, postpone duties, put off implementing your DMO, and postponing your have too's …the next thing you know, you begin to feel like you're carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders. Not good!
Hitting home yet? Anybody relating to this? This is real stuff. This is real life. This is everyday stuff.
It's hard to make progress when you have all this stuff pulling on you, pulling you down. It's really hard to get focused and stay focused. It's hard to make the right decisions, it's hard to make the commitments, it's hard to make that action plan work and it's hard to implement your DMO when your lying to yourself and procrastinating on your DMO (daily method of operation).
Remember, It's your choice you know. You can only improve by doing!
And let me add one more thing. When trying to make the choices, it might be easier by keeping your health at peek performance …so until the next time …drink plenty of clean, fresh, filtered water with two-four ounces of the "best tasting Aloe vera" everyday.
As always, know your supplier.
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