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procrastination … certainly it can wait

“If we accept and internalize the fact of our own mortality, then, by definition, we have to deal with the essential questions of how we live and spend our allotted time. We have to stop procrastinating, pretending that we have forever to do what we want to do and be what we long to be.”   Surya Das

Let the other person procrastinate while you take the opportunity.    If you wait for the other person to do what you have longed to do you won’t ever get started.   It is easier to put it off for a few more minutes, a hour, a day and before long a lifetime.   Perhaps it isn’t intentional that you are putting it off that goal, it just happens that way.   If you are telling yourself, “I know I’ll get started as soon as I finish up _________________”.   How important is that thing you are finishing up?   Is it just another diversion or delay in starting what you really know needs to be done.

Wait, wait, I can do that in 5 more minutes, it really won’t matter will it if I just wait five more minutes.   How long have you been waiting just five more minutes.   “I’ll get to it in a minute”, might be the words that are said, but in reality it was only a way to delay the start of what should have been done a day ago.

It was yesterday that you made that promise to yourself to change, to make your life better and more successful wasn’t it.   Before yesterday it was the day before, it was the same story a year ago when you promised yourself that you would change and now where are you?   If you are in the same place then procrastination hasn’t been your friend it is slowly and surely robbing you of the strength you need to make a difference.

“I’ll get to it, really I will”, are those your words?   What happened, did you really get to it?

For many people procrastination is a way of tricking the body into releasing adrenaline, a hormone that boosts your energy for a short period of time.  Sure, it has worked in the past and helped you with that last minute assignment, but is it working for you now?

Start with being honest with yourself.   Do you have a habit of putting things off?

What are you putting off now?

What have you been putting off?   What has the impact been?

What would you like to see different?

When will you begin?   When will you begin?

“If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin.” ~Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev

I could have done that …

I could have done that!

It’s a pretty familiar phrase.   People know they have the abilities to do something just like someone else but they didn’t.   Someone else had the courage to take that first step and that leaves the one that was watching with only the words “I could have done that!”, and you could have.    What stopped you?

What stops you from doing something far greater than you think you could?

Is it fear of failure?   It is a lack of courage to bring forth your dream?

Whatever the reason you are the only one that can turn a “could” into a result that belongs to you.   Is it writing a book?   Is it making a discovery?   Is it patching up a broken relationship?   Is it saying something kind to your neighbor?   Is it taking time out to play?   Is it taking the time to learn something new?   Whatever it is, whatever it is, you can do it if you take the first step.

If it is important, if you have the passion, if you have the dream, if you believe you can, you can if you try.

Don’t live a life filled with “I could have done that.”   Start it today – do it today – live it today!

your future begins here

The minute you alter your perception of yourself and your future, both you and your future begin to change. Marilee Zdenek

Replace your coulds, woulds, shoulds with “will”.    What would your statements look like if you replaced excuses for change with “I will do _____________”.

Repeat this in your mind or out loud, “My mind is always focused on the positive.”  Every time a statement that is not positive enters your consciousness replace it with that phrase.   Look for the positive in everything you do and you will find it.

Chose to be happy.   Chose to be smart.  Chose to be alive.   Chose to be active.   Chose to be friendly.  Chose to be thankful.  

Here’s one, “I commit to doing only what I can do.”   Apply relentless focus on your day, hours and minutes, make each one count and be intentional on what counts.

Change won’t happen overnight.  The words you say to yourself can change, repeat the positive and keep it circulating in your head.   It takes work and practice.

The better the attitude, the better the results.  

When will you start focusing on the positive?