It keeps us held hostage.
It happens to us all but have you ever noticed that the person carrying the heavy weight is okay as long as they keep moving? The minute they stop and put the weight down to rest, the weight seem to become heavier, the distance to travel seem farther and it becomes much more unpleasant.
So why do we stop? Is it procrastination? Did you know that the opposite of procrastination is making a decision?
“Get in touch with your definite purpose so you may discern quickly when a great opportunity presents itself. Be decisive and take immediate action! Remember that sometimes the worst decision is making no decision at all. Don’t allow self doubt to stop you.” – Napoleon Hill
Let’s take a look at the six major reasons why people procrastinate.
1. Being bored.
Recognizing it is the first way to deal with this. Successful entrepreneurs will continuously go after new and bigger opportunities. They raise their level of expectation by never being satisfied with routines that don’t create a challenge.
2. Overwhelmed with work.
When you let things pile up it is easy to become engulfed by it all. It starts as one thing, then something is added, then another and before you know it, the pile is huge and you avoid it altogether.
When fear and doubt hold you back by painting vivid negative pictures in your mind, it attacks your confidence. Keep in mind that the majority of things that we fear will never happen but the doubt and uncertainty keeps us paralyzed.
4. Low self worth.
People with low self esteem will often develop the habit of sabotaging and potential success because, in their minds, they don’t deserve it. This may involve holding onto a negative belief system or perhaps a traumatic past.
People with low self esteem will come up with all kinds of excuses to avoid taking that first needed step or they take the first step but then drop the ball for no apparent reason. If you can relate to this, I suggest you take some time to investigate the source.
5. Doing work we don’t enjoy.
When we don’t enjoy what we are doing, the days seem to drag along endlessly and the tasks are seldom done in a satisfactory way. However, successful people do the things that unsuccessful people do not like to do. They figure a way to bring excitement into the task and get it done.
6. Easily distracted or just plain lazy.
Laziness is an issue and …..”squirrel”… hmmm oppps, where was I? Ah yes, the easily distracted bug. It sneaks in ever so gently and grabs our focus away from the task at hand.
So, how can we overcome all of these items?
Making a decision and mastering the ability to make effective decisions quickly will create for you what most people would consider to a great idea because decision makers are the one that go to the top. The ones that don’t make a decision and procrastinate, generally go nowhere.
You can virtually eliminate conflict and confusion in life by becoming really good at making decisions. Decision making bring order to your mind and this order is then reflected in your outside world and in your results.
“We think in secret and it comes to pass. Environment is but our looking glass.” – James Allen
It all starts with making a decision. Decide what you want. Decide what you are prepared to give up to get it. Set your mind on it. Get on with the work.
Those who reach decisions promptly and definitely know what they want and usually get it.
So, what are the areas of decision making that affect you on a daily basis?
- Where you are
- Where you want to be and
- The steps needed to bridge the gap
A four point formula to help you with major decisions, also referred to as the TA-DA formula is as follows:
T is for THINK. Time for reflection and asking yourself what is needed to assist in achieving your goals.
A stands for ASK. Ask lots of focussed questions and find out all you need to make an intelligent and informed decision. You can ask mentors and/or other people who have specific knowledge in this area.
D is for DECIDE. Take time to visualize the negative consequences if you don’t make a decision. Compare these with the positive benefits of moving forward and make a firm decision of what you are going to do. Sitting on the fence will not get you closer towards your goals.
A is for ACT. Just do it!