“Procrastination is like masturbation, ‘cause in the end, you’re only fucking yourself.”
Possibly the eighth deadly sin, and the number one cause of becoming an “almost successful” person, procrastination is the easiest way to loose track of both your short-term and long-term goals.
In Brian Tracy’s book “Eat That Frog,” he talks about the ability to concentrate at the immediate task at hand and whole-heartedly complete it. He compares tasks to eating frogs and states that if you had to eat a frog every morning, there shouldn’t be many more tasks that are more daunting or difficult. Thus, you should be able to complete other tasks throughout the day, a lot faster because of the mental comfort of having already done the toughest task yet, of eating the frog. He goes even further and says that if you had to eat two frogs, eat the ugliest one first.
Tracy lists a set of 21 ways to stop procrastinating and get more things done faster and is summarized in this link. Eat That Frog summary
“I will act now. I will act now. I will act now.
Henceforth, I will repeat these words
each hour, each day, everyday,
until the words become as much a habit as my breathing,
and the action which follows
becomes as instinctive as the blinking of my eyelids.
With these words I can condition my mind
to perform every action necessary for my success.
I will act now.
I will repeat these words again and again and again.
I will walk where failures fear to walk.
I will work when failures seek rest.
I will act now for now is all I have.
Tomorrow is the day reserved for the labor of the lazy.
I am not lazy.
Tomorrow is the day when the failure will succeed.
I am not a failure.
I will act now.
Success will not wait.
If I delay, success will become wed to another
and lost to me forever.
This is the time.
This is the place.
I am the person.”
– Og Mandino
Now, be like the Greek Goddess Nike and “Just Do It!”
No more are the days of endless procrastination.
NOW is the time. It’s all you have!
There is no time to wait. Success does not wait for anyone!
“The race is long, but in the end, it’s only with yourself.” – Mary Schmich