Horses are very simple animals. We are happy when we are resting, eating and socialising. We will do all of these things quite voluntarily. I am naturally successful in all of these things. I was born to do them. And of course we live in the here and now. We don’t put things off until tomorrow. That is a very human trait.
I have it on good authority that Emily likes to procrastinate wherever possible. She usually manages to get her homework done on time, but other things get put back and put back. She finds every reason not to do something and to put things off. Instead of thinking about the benefits of how completing a task would improve her life, she focusses on the resentment of doing it.
Elizabeth tells me she was the same. But when she grew up into her adult life she realised that being a procrastinator wasn’t going to get her very far. She had put off so many things “until tomorrow” that they had been put off indefinitely. It became clear to her that if she wanted to succeed in life she would have to change her mind-set about her responsibilities and her goals and how she was going to achieve them.
She now knows that if she’s putting something off until tomorrow, in reality she is not wanting to face up to something she perceives as being unpleasant or even scary.
So she worked on changing the way she thought about things. She stopped saying “I’ll put it off until tomorrow”. She became accountable for her actions, or lack of them.
Imagine this: If a TV crew were to follow you around 24/7 for the next 3 months how would this affect your eagerness to get things done? Saying “I’ll put it off until tomorrow…” would no longer wash. Maybe it would look something like this:
- you would immediately start doing the things you are always saying you will get around to doing.
- you would start spending more time doing the things you know you should be doing and less time doing the things you know you should not be doing.
- you would make more effort to change your life, change the way you think about things and make huge improvements in your personal achievements.
It comes back down to accountability. Procrastination is a result of unfulfilled commitments and lack of accountability to yourself and to others.
Start enjoying your life again. Stop putting things off “until tomorrow.” Start achieving your goals sooner.
If you keep the same thought patterns and the same beliefs you will always have
the same life. Nothing will change. But, in order to activate change, you have to know what you want, then you can create the thoughts, beliefs, outlook and actions that will help you succeed. When you do that on a regular basis you will start living up to your full potential. All roads lead to Rome. The difficulty is knowing where Rome is!
Now is the best time to start making the changes that will help you achieve your goals and live your dreams. No more procrastinating! You have only the one life.
Enjoy your ride.
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