How to stop procrastinating and be successful

Want to stop procrastinating and be successful?How to stop procrastinating and be successful

To no more delay action? To once for all decide to work hard and become the successful person you know you can be?

Yes?

May be?

The tips in this article will help you reduce the rate at which you put off the things that are, essentially, the building blocks of the dreams that are dear to you.

Even if you have to put things off – something which will happen throughout your life – this article will help you learn how to quickly make the right decisions concerning things to put off and things to work on now, and persistently, everyday.

Where most people go wrong when dealing with procrastination

Dealing with procrastination isn’t really about learning how to stop putting things off.

It is about learning how to do the putting off.

That can only be done when you learn how to weigh things, put them in their place and go a step further to learn how to determine what truly deserves a big chunk of your time, focus, concentration, attention and care, because, guess what, most people will always keep putting things off.

You included!

Now, that may seem like procrastination isn’t a big deal, and that everyone procrastinates.

You might be right to think that.

But don’t channel your energy there.

Think about what happens when you learn how to use the power of putting things off, which everybody including you and me, already has, and doing the opposite of what most procrastinators do.

Doing the opposite of what most procrastinators do – and becoming successful at more of the things you do in life

Instead of continuing to delay the dreams you hold so dear to your heart, you begin, one step at a time, to embrace these dreams and learn how to put off the things that are currently stopping you from getting closer to them.

It is like continuing the cycle of procrastination, only this time, doing it smartly.

When you look closely it is, simply put, a simple path that leads you away from procrastination and its many hooks.

It is not about being perfect and getting it right in a day or a week.

And it, certainly, isn’t about giving up things left and right, now, to focus all your attention on your dreams only to revert to the old habit in less than 30 days after making the decision to give procrastination up.

It is about growth.

Steady growth.

It is about learning, through practice, how to grow out of this habit, first by teaching your brain what can and cannot be put off.

What happens when you put off things?

Good things can happen.

And bad things can happen as well.

What mostly happens depends on what you put off.

Don’t think that putting things off is such a bad, bad thing, because no matter how you love your dreams, and no matter how hard you beg procrastination to leave you alone, so that you can focus on achieving your goals and finishing your tasks faster, it is just not going to let go that easily.

If you beg it to leave you alone, it’ll simply whisper to you, ‘Beg me again.’

If you politely ask it to part ways with you, it is going to remind you of the present pleasures you’ll miss and the pain (which is normally temporary) that you’ll endure when you part ways.

If you shout at, it is going to ask you to do it again.

If you try to forcefully evict it from your life, it’s going to wait for you, and before you even shake it off completely from your life it is going to creep back in.

If you decide to beat it out, you are going to receive more blows than you give.

If you force yourself to give little attention to your habit, it is not going to leave; it is always going to wait for you.

The best way to upset it is to upset your brain – to have it around in your life until it decides to leave you alone.

This is the smart part you’ve read about already – weighing things and giving your time to the most important of them.

This all takes time, encouragement, pain and a lot of energy.

It is simple, yes.

You know, just put off the things that are wasting your time at the moment.

Simple, right? But, not easy!

There will be days when you will be tempted to slip back to the present pleasures when the pain to get something better than what you already have now, becomes too much.

You have to stand firm during such moments, when doubt sets in and you just don’t know how to take the next step.

I mean you can look at that sentence and see it for the cliche it is – or focus on the power of its sheer simplicity.

Not learning new tricks on time management – and wasting even more time poring over numerous resources on the internet for the secrets to stopping the habit of procrastination – but by repeating the good things you manage to do…improving, through your actions, your focus on the priorities that you know truly matter to you now and in the long term.

It is a journey, a long one and I am here to hold your hands if you agree to do your part, which starts when you decide that you are ready for your dreams and are ready to work and start walking the same path you have tried to walk before – now with someone to guide you and help you build a strong foundation.

A foundation whose top you can confidently build as many floors of dreams as you want.

Having said that, always remember this: the only person responsible for how fast or how slow you reach your goals is you. You can do this by learning, among other things, how to use your power of focus and curiosity to give more meaning to every 24 hours in your days.

Remember the most powerful thing you can learn from this post is that

…it is all about how you use the power of putting things off.

You can use it for, or against you!

Err on the side of the few procrastinators who, after realizing how this habit can disorganize and ruin their lives, put in the work and eventually emerge victorious – not for a week or a month – but continuously for years – getting better and better each day – and becoming successful persons.

Want to be successful? Learn how procrastination disorganises and probably ruins your life

I took a walk around a temple called LIFE, enjoyed the company of different people but no one frightened me so much like the guy PROCRASTINATION. He looked so innocent, quiet in a corner by a very large window, a sword and shield in hand.

He looked somehow like a bully, but before I could keenly study him, he disappeared in the tall trees next to the temple, out there.

Tell me your name (first, last or middle), and probably it starts with letter P, R, O, C, R, A, S, T, I, N, A, T, I, O or N – may be a reason why most human beings are so obsessed with this guy. Joking! Let’s put this aside for the moment.

Why do many people spend time procrastinating and not working hard to become successful in life?

  1. It feels good postponing doing things we should do now to delay success and achievement. Most human beings like feeling good now than later, plus, we sometimes get obsessed with the less important things we do now so much that we can’t even let a picture of the possible consequences of our actions peep into our big brains.
  2. People do like the feeling that there’s still a lot of time for the things they regularly postpone. Most people think that there’ll be plenty of time to do what they don’t want to do now.
  3. Some people know that they are wasting time procrastinating, but keep on promising themselves that soon, their habits will change and procrastination will be gone.

Procrastination as a stranger – robbing you of success

But imagine procrastination as a stranger you meet one day in a hotel. God gives you life – say 20 more years of life in the form of an ice cream. This guy, procrastination, cracks a lot of jokes that you can’t help yourself but laugh and proclaim to the world how funny he is.

In between as you laugh and proclaim how funny he isprocrastination grabs your ice cream and lick away five years.

And the moment you decide to do away with procrastination and his jokes, regrets and wishes bombard your system already. Why?

Because  procrastination has licked away 5 out of the 20 more years of life you were given? Will you be proud of procrastination after he does that? Yes. Maybe no.

No, because you don’t know, like many people, that he’s licked away five years of your life (and he never tells you about the amount of time you loose either -just lets you find out on your own later).

You won’t acknowledge the fact that out of the 20 years you were given to live your life the right way, five were licked away by procrastination.

To add insult to injury, you may be confident enough to believe that you will be given another ice cream (read: more years to do whatever you postponed doing) to enable you do the things you didn’t do when you were supposed to do them.

It even becomes hard for you to realise that procrastination can only take away your time in return for nothing – to be proud of.

Your life is important and procrastination likes you alive than dead. Procrastination knows the right kind of jokes to crack to sweep you off the path of progress, hard work, prosperity and making right choices.

Procrastination takes your time in return for…

… a short easy life, which in actual sense is the worst kind of life to live. Why? Because, it’s filled with wishes, regrets, tears, pain, and I know this is not what you want.

Lying on the bed when you should be finishing your assignment isn’t easy life. You get to submit your work late, with lots of mistakes and there’s only one thing that always come to your mind if my work doesn’t get rejected, how many marks will I get (or lose)?

You fail to give priority to the important things in life. You get yourself in misery-land, not wonderland.

So you end up in a cycle where you give more time to less important things and give little time to things that truly matter to you and you get your eyes wet with tears.

You bang your head on the wall, curse yourself, call yourself names…sometimes you end up entertaining suicidal thoughts….

Life isn’t good without having done the things you know you should have done – but it’s better if you start now, better later than never…. Life is a sharp blade of sadness if you let procrastination take away from you things you treasure…if you let it pull you farther away from success.

Once negative thoughts get into your mind – owing to the unhappy life pushed your way by procrastination, it is easy to get yourself into more pain and trouble.

Like getting into drugs, sleeping with whoever wants to sleep with you, not treating your customers well, constantly fighting with your team and building high walls that keep profits from finding their way into your books.

The results are not things that’ll please you.

If you lock yourself in the prison of pain, it’s easy to attract more pain your way. Get help. Don’t self-destruct.

Tell procrastination you don’t enjoy his jokes anymore. Tell procrastination to hand you back your ice cream before his tongue touches it.

Tell procrastination bye forever. Tell procrastination you don’t want his company anymore.

Part ways and live the good life you know awaits you.

It may be hard parting ways. But hey, you better. Why? You don’t want to see your life ruined just by postponing one thing after the other. You want to live a good life. Life isn’t good when procrastination holds the majority shares.

Now is your time to become a better and successful person.

And just before you navigate away from this article, a few things that I would like to bring to your attention:

What’s your experience with procrastination? And how has it affected your quest to make a success of yourself?

Has your past helped you become a better person? Here’s how it can

Let’s take a walk down memory lane.

See the things you did?

The good and the bad you did?

Hope you are still able to see your minor and major achievements.

There is a lot in the past – clutter may be. But someone looking to be better person can still get gems from the clutter.

Wishes…looking back in your past life and evaluating the good and bad choices you made

Sometimes reminiscence gets the better part of your mind and wishes start flowing into your brain with no sign of stopping.

You look at the things you once did and wonder why you decided to do them in the first place – some in fear of commitment!

Sometimes all you want to do is bang your head on a wall.

Tears flow freely from your eyes as you mutter, ‘I wish I had stayed home to help my wife raise our children.’

Look at the hearts you broke.

Look at all the chances you had to make somebody’s day better yet you left arrogance to lodge in your mind without pay.

Look at the divorce you hurriedly rushed for and now looking back you wish you could have just worked things out with your spouse.

Your son told you, ‘Hey dad why don’t you come home more often, chat with us, dine together, laugh.’

But somehow you had other very important things to do.

He’s twenty one now and on his own.

You were never close, though you know he loves you and cares for you.

But now he’s chasing his dreams and all you do is wish you spent more time not only with him but with his siblings too.

You let yourself into drugs and now you are a slave to it.

You can’t save any money.

You wallow in debt.

Things are not the way you wanted your life to be.

Perhaps you have struggled to stop abusing drugs may be you want to start now – and all you ask yourself is, ‘why did I smoke that thing in the first place?’

Sometimes you look back and wish things were good, just the way they were before.

You wonder why you haven’t been to church for six months now yet you rarely missed a mass back then.

Sometimes you look into your spouse’s eyes and you are sure there is no more trust in your relationship anymore.

Things have changed.

The formula you knew is no longer applicable to the present problems.

And so you make more wishes.

But, can you bury the not-so-good-looking past…stop with the daydreaming and wishing you did things differently?

What are you going to do now?

What are you going to do that will make you a better person?

Will you just allow yourself to be a slave to self-pity, misery and regrets and the ugly past?

There is always one more chance to become a success. A chance to make things right.

Second chances.

There is always a chance to make your life better and it starts with your own decision to become a better person and fly far, far away from past mistakes.

The past can’t be changed you know…but great life lessons can be learned from it

We can only manipulate the present to escape the same mistakes we made back then from sneaking into our present and future.

If there are some good things we did in the past, it is time to look back and take lessons.

Maybe it’s time to draw energy from your past to live life a better person

How do you do that?

Think about the good things you did.

Think about the not so good ones.

Then think about the bad things you did.

After doing that, it is time to look at things that you do that are pulling you away from a peaceful love-filled and purpose-driven life.

Look at the things that add no value to your life.

Shun them.

Turn your back on them.

You don’t have to make one bold step.

Or you can, actually! God Almighty is ready to help you.

To take the heavy burdens off your back.

Start slowly.

Say hi to the success – here used to mean a peaceful, love-filled, purpose driven and humble living.

Then tomorrow ask her her name.

Tell success your name the next day and on the fourth day invite success into your life and be the best of friends – just accept her (success) as she is.

Don’t dwell on how thin her legs are or how boring she is (or how hard it is to impress her).

Do away with things that don’t add value to your life.

Build your foundation one step at a time.

All of us have gems (at least something good we do that people like) in us.

Just find one and let it be the first stone in your foundation. Find the next gem and never tire finding more.

Let these be our gifts to the world.

Don’t let your past inscribe unhappiness on your heart.

Don’t let self-pity control your life.

Draw energy from the good things you did in the past.

And once again, remember to shun the things that don’t add value to your life.

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