Procrastination: The ‘Demon’ Hanging Over Us…
Procrastination, even the sound makes one cringe. It’s the ‘Demon’ hanging over us, ready to thwart, stop, and delay our every dream, goal and ambition. It’s always there. We can’t destroy it, but with a dose of self-discipline, we can wrestle it to the ground.
Procrastination is the antithesis to action. It abhors action. It wants nothing more than to stop it, does all it can to prevent it, and left untreated, brings our lives to a grinding halt. We must fight it and we must fight it vigilantly. We can’t let it take hold, for once it does, it takes hold with a vengeance.
The procrastination fight starts and ends with the self. We must make a conscious effort once we’ve weighed and considered the alternatives to take prompt action. We mustn’t delay, lest we saddle ourselves with worry, self-doubt and excuses for not acting.
Decisions, small and large, are affected. Put off chores and see them pile up; put off a new career and miss an opportunity. Procrastination zaps the zest out of life. It chokes and suffocates an action-filled existence and trades it for boredom, misfortune and regrets. It takes small problems and turns them into larger ones. It takes big problems and turns them into catastrophes.
The world belongs to the action taker, not the procrastinator. Action is filled with risk (getting out of bed is risk), but the biggest risk of all is to procrastinate (or not get out of bed). Life isn’t meant to watch the world go by, but rather to engage and contribute to. To take action is to live; to procrastinate is to die.
We must never forget we’re here for a finite time. With each clock tick, our existence is that much less. Make no bones, procrastination steals our time and steals our existence. It commits the perfect robbery, for once stolen our precious time is not to be seen again. Putting off to tomorrow what can be done today is never an option.
“Tomorrow, tomorrow, not today, all lazy people say,” is an old German saying that we would do well to heed, and finally throw off those heavy chains of procrastination to be rid of that ‘Demon’ hanging over us.
And there’s no better time to start than in the here and now…
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