Procrastination: Success’ Enemy

Procrastinators are made, not born. Procrastination is indirectly learned in the family milieu and can be traced back to childhood. When a child has not been made accountable or made to be responsible by being given various tasks that they have to accomplish in a timely matter and structure, they are being trained to be procrastinators. When their excuses for being irresponsible are accepted, their parents do them a tremendous injustice.

Twenty percent of people identify themselves as chronic procrastinators. Sixty-seven percent are too blind to see and admit to their own inadequacies. Therefore, for them, procrastination is a lifestyle – albeit a maladaptive one – and they have a propensity toward never practicing punctuality.

Procrastination can even be a form of rebellion. Procrastinators actively look for distractions, particularly ones that don’t take a lot of commitment on their part. Sometimes, because of their fear of failure, they procrastinate on a project so that their incompetence is masked by delays, stoppages, and setbacks. With them, it is always tomorrow, next time, when conditions are better, phone calls, everybody, too much on my plate, etc.

Chronic procrastinators are usually chronic liars as well. They are not necessarily bad people; they are simply people with a character flaw (to put it mildly). Nonetheless, there is a high cost for being a procrastinator, and/or having one on your team or staff. Procrastinators can cost companies thousands; and depending on their position, they can cost a company into the millions of dollars.

Imagine the price paid in your own life for doing something later rather than now. For example, have you ever gone to a department store, and the shoes you wanted were on sale for 75% off the ticket price, but you procrastinated and decided to buy them the next day? When you went back, the same shoes were back to the original price, $299.00. You lost approximately $224 dollars by holding off on what you really wanted. Everything in this world does sum up to dollars and cents. However, you understand the value of a dollar more than anything else in life does.

Living with the fear of challenge?

When it comes to doing what you believe you are capable of doing, why do you hesitate? Even worse, why do you dwell on negative thoughts? Why do you feel when you desire to do something constructive, you will most likely fail – when you are capable of so much more?

The answers to these questions are simple. People generally want to do well and would like to live their dreams of owning a business or finishing college; unfortunately, most of us are reluctant to face reality. It is not an exaggeration to say that your life would be much easier if you didn’t try to hide from the truth. You prefer to wait until other aspects of your life improve, so you are better equipped emotionally to handle a crisis.

This thinking helps make you king or queen of the procrastinators. You don’t want to start any project or do anything that might lead to a problem or an inconvenience. Living with the fear of challenge must be horrendous; knowing that you are more than capable, but are held back by an invisible image.

Imagine what could be accomplished; how much more you could provide for your children; and how different your life would be if you connect to the dire consequences of not taking action immediately. When faced with a challenge, ask yourself, “What is the potential for disaster if I don’t address this problem now? If I continue spending more than I make, how long before I am so far in debt that I’ll have to declare bankruptcy?” How much more successful will you be? How much relief will you feel to be completely debt free?

The longer you sit around hoping that your financial situation will change, is as long as you will be sitting doing nothing. Complaining about not having enough money is not an indication that your money situation is going to change. Your thinking is immature, and you have convinced yourself that if you just ignore something long enough it will be okay. God gave you more sense than that. Tackle your fears, start something in order to destroy procrastination, and face your challenges. Your rewards will be great and the results will strengthen your character.

Would you standout in a group of 100 people?

How much do you think that you think like most people? This might be a strange question to most; but the question is rather simple. Are you similar to most people? How different would you be if you were in a group of 100 people? Would you blend in with at least 97 percent of the people?

  • Out of one hundred people starting their career, by the time they reach 65 years of age, 29 out of this group are dead.
  • Sixty-eight percent have an annual median income of $6,900.
  • Three out of every 100 people starting their career are what would be consider financially successful; having an annual income of over $41,500.

Can you imagine how many people think on the same level without realizing it? Don’t become so well adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking.

The three percent that is considered financially successful is just like the group of 100 people when it comes to debt. Ninety-eight percent of this group is financially strapped and living from month to month. They have mastered the concept of “running out of money before the end of the month.” I have taught people how to run out of month before they run out of money.

You are the catalyst for improving your planning and budgeting process, not someone else. Leaving it up to fate or someone else is a sure way to preserve the status quo. I happen to be a life and business coach to so many people; which actually thrills my heart. I love watching the lights come on when my protégés start to understand how to increase their business and life production – especially when they are more interested in becoming a blessing to others. However, I noticed that I cannot help people who are not interested in bettering themselves, or those who feel that their situation is hopeless.

Now is the time to invest in you by wisely attending an event that can reap great rewards. My upcoming Dream Makers 99 Conclave, entitled “The Millionaire Wealth Building Strategies” is just the necessary motivation you need to believe that you can own and operate your own business. This event will help you to increase your productivity in your existing business and give others the necessary tools and ideas to get your business off and running.

My aim is not to sound like I am giving a sales pitch; but I feel the need to impress upon you the need to avoid becoming a financial statistic. It is not too late to think and plan your future; but it is too late to go back to your past. Let me teach you heavenly solutions to down-to-earth financial problems.

5 Great Lessons from a Pencil

Developing your craft or talent is not easy. It takes a lot of self-discipline and fortitude to fight against yourself when you are actually able to come face to face with your imperfections. There is an old maxim that says, “You are your worst enemy.” I say, “You are your greatest ally.” You must accept your intrinsic value and realize that if you have weaknesses, you also have the potential for strength. There is one major reason why most people and businesses fail to reach their full potential; and the same root cause is with a marriage, occupation, etc. This reason may come as a shock, but it is due to not adhering to and making application of information from a creditable source. Hear the Parable of the Pencil:

The Pencil Maker took the pencil aside, just before putting him into the box. “There are five things you need to know,” he told the pencil, “before I send you out into the world. Always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best pencil you can be. ”

  • One: You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in Someone’s hand.
  • Two: You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, but you’ll need it to become a better pencil.
  • Three: You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make.
  • Four: The most important part of you will always be what’s inside.
  • And Five: On every surface you are used on, you must leave your mark. No matter what the condition, you must continue to write.

The pencil understood and promised to remember, and went into the box with purpose in its heart. Now replacing the place of the pencil with you: always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best person you can be.

  • One: You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in God’s hand. Moreover, allow other human beings to access you for the many gifts you possess.
  • Two: You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, by going through various problems, but you’ll need it to become a stronger person.
  • Three: You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make.
  • Four: The most important part of you will always be what’s on the inside.
  • And Five: On every surface you walk through, you must leave your mark. No matter what the situation, you must continue to do your duties.

By understanding and remembering, let us proceed with our lives on this earth having a meaningful purpose in our hearts.