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Success Recipe: Verified Ways to Overcome Procrastination

Do you recall the glow in your face when you launched your first business venture?  Or the first day when you began college to study for a c...

Do you recall the glow in your face when you launched your first business venture? 

Or the first day when you began college to study for a course that you always wanted to pursue.

You had the zeal to succeed against all setbacks. You felt the energy flowing and told everyone who cared to listen that you will make it, despite the glaring limitations.

By @Comic24Derick

If you are the one, your reaction agreed with E.L. Simpson’s observation. “Getting an idea should be like sitting on a pin, it should make you jump up and do something.” In response, you did exactly that, and you were on the right course.

Along the way, you somehow lost the zeal. Why? You probably suspended the project for an ‘appropriate’ moment? But the real answer might be in Walt Disney’s inspirational quote.

Talk less, and act more

“Talking too much will not solve your problems, neither will it bring you success. The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” Now you understand why Disney accomplished much in his life as a film producer. 

He spoke less and acted more.

Before, procrastination was defined as a basic time management problem. However, what procrastination means is, “a voluntary delay of something important that we intend to do, despite knowing that we’ll suffer as a result.”

Action speaks louder

Napoleon Bonaparte who lived before this definition was coined, was wiser beyond his generation.

“Take time to deliberate but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in,” declared the French military war hero who led several successful campaigns during the Revolutionary Wars.
“Procrastination is the lazy cousin of fear. When we feel anxiety around an activity, we postpone it.” (Image: Pixels) 
Planning is a must, but execution and action are of paramount importance if you want to attain your goals. Ignoring a man who triumphed in numerous wars, like Bonaparte is a recipe for failure.

Before the year started, you had set goals. Five months onwards, how many have you accomplished so far? None, then you are not alone.

Wrong move is better than none at all

Inaction is the opposite of success, while doing the wrong thing is better than nothing at all, as Theodore Roosevelt observed. 

“In a moment of decision, the best you can do is the right thing to do, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.

An estimated 5 percent of the population suffers from chronic procrastination that is affecting their lives each day. Furthermore, procrastination has increased over the past 20 years, scientific studies have proven.

Action defines your success

The procrastination caused by inaction was the one that investor, scientist, and engineer Alexander Graham Bell was addressing when he said, “The only difference between success and failure is the ability to take action.”

Imagine if Bell had been part of that procrastinating citizens, maybe today, you will not be communicating using a phone, because he would have not invented it. Bell was a man of action, and this should inspire you as well.

In this fast-paced world, we have a lot to accomplish, and it seems we are always overwhelmed. Some entrepreneurs, especially founders have a packed schedule, with less time to breathe or socialize when they are starting on something.

More work and no play

To attain his global status as an influential business person, Mark Zuckerberg focused on building a successful project. His efforts and input were only realized, years later, with the most groundwork covered during the formative years.

“I just think people have a lot of fiction. But, you know, I mean, the real story of Facebook is just that we’ve worked so hard for all this time,” he revealed. “I mean, the real story is actually pretty boring, right? I mean, we just sat at our computers for six years and coded.”

Write your own success

How many of you can have the patience to sit and work, hoping that one day your idea will succeed. Along the way, you will experience procrastination. This is a delay to fulfill our dreams, hoping to accomplish them later. Sadly, that time might never come. Procrastination is a sentence that Charles Dickens omitted in his writings.

Your tomorrow is today, act now

“My advice is to never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time,” Dickens wrote. Writing is an extensive craft, that some potential writers and experienced writers elect to suspend because it is time-consuming.

Yet, Dickens wrote many books in his lifetime, becoming a celebrated writer of the Victorian era, who created some of the world’s best-known fictional characters and is regarded as a literary giant today.

Procrastination is a killer of dreams

The late American entrepreneur and TV spokesperson for Remington Products, Victor Kiam was forthright in his valuation of procrastination. “Procrastination is opportunity’s natural assassin,” he observed.

Dale Carnegie is the author of the famous book: How to Win Friends and Influence People (1936), which sold millions of copies and remains popular today. 

The American writer and lecturer developed courses that greatly improved people’s behavior, salesmanship, public speaking, and interpersonal skills.

Continue living

“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living,” Carnegie said. “We are all dreaming of some magical rose gaze over the horizon – instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today.”

Is there a symbiotic relationship between laziness and fear? Noelle Hancock believes there is. “Procrastination is the lazy cousin of fear. When we feel anxiety around an activity, we postpone it.”

Procrastination breeds fear

Waitley, the American public speaker, writer, and consultant inducted into the International Speaker’s Hall of Fame agrees with Hancock’s remark.

“Procrastination is the fear of success. People procrastinate because they are afraid of the success that they know will result if they move ahead now. Because success is heavy, carries a responsibility with it, it is much easier to procrastinate and live on the ‘someday I’ll philosophy’”

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