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Heal thyself of procrastination
Start to win the price
In the world there are different dangerous diseases such as HIV aids, cancer and Ebola which we are aware of. But the most dangerous disease that we not aware of is called procrastination that eats away our future slowly but surely; and it convinces us that there is still tomorrow in order to do something. The bible tells us that tomorrow is not guaranteed to anyone. Our dreams and visions are eaten by this disease.
Wonder why we don’t experience changes in our lives because we know that procrastination is the thief of time and time is the valuable asset that we have at our disposal today and if we lose it; it is gone. Therefore, we must have a sense of urgency in everything that we do today and to effect the sense of urgency into our lives; we must start to set goals that are specific, measurable and time-bound.
Whatever is postponed will most probably never be done. Postponing your tasks is postponing your results. Postponing your results is postponing your prosperity. Don’t yield to the temptation of postponing what needs to be done. Don’t get to putting off till tomorrow what can be done today.
One of the main reasons why people procrastinate is lack of preparation. Imagine you are to write an examination in six months’ time and you do not prepare for it. What will happen is that when the time to write comes, you will not be ready. Why? Because you were postponing and convinced yourself that you have enough time.
Starting is a sure cure for procrastination
The first step to success is starting. If you don’t start, you will never succeed. Nothing exists which did not start. Starting is essential for progress.
The art of starting is a product of one’s commitment in asking and answering five important questions:
If I don’t start, I am stuck!
This should be your answer. If you start with the path of prosperity now, you are stuck with poverty. If you don’t start studying now, you are stuck with ignorance – and you shall perish.
What to start?
Start doing things that will add value to your life. Things that will improve you. Things that will get you closer to your destiny. Stop worrying and start living.
Where to start?
I will start where I am, because if I don’t start where I am, I’ll stay where I am.
The best place is to start where you are. It is easier to start from the familiar place; and the most familiar place is where you are right now. One of the reasons why people postpone doing things is that they want to start in the middle and not at the beginning. They want to start from the unknown, the unfamiliar. The place you know best is where you are.
When to start?
Yes, start right now!! Do not procrastinate. Even if starting now means designing a plan for what you want to do – do it now. Do put off tomorrow what you can do today. Remember that yesterday is the tomb, tomorrow is a womb but today is in your hands.
How to start?
Start with yourself!
Start with the end in mind!
Success starts with a first step at a time. Many people procrastinate because they are intimidated by many steps ahead. Don’t be intimidated by the thousand kilometres of the journey. Just start small with the first step. Start with yourself – learn with yourself – negotiate your shortcomings and get better. Start with the end in mind – be inspired by the finishing line. Be motivated by the price.
Never, never postpone your success and your wealth.
Take the following steps:
- Rather prepare than postpone - utilize any available time to do something that was due later;
- Always prepare your tasks – you will be amazed how enthusiastic you will be when the time to act comes;
- Regard indolence and inaction as enemies of your achievement – they rob you of your results. Your results are your health, wealth and prosperity;
- Develop ‘do it’ attitude. Develop a bias for duty and action;
- Associate with busy people. Busy people will stimulate you to become action-oriented.