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Procrastination

September 18, 20222 min read

Procrastination

Me? Procrastinate? Nah… I’ll do that later

Ecclesiastes 11:4 ESV

He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.

Proverbs 14:23 ESV

In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty.

PROCRASTINATION…  Often confused with laziness.  (procrastinating isn’t lazy, it’s actively avoiding)

You are not alone if you procrastinate, there are millions of people avoiding the things they don’t want to do. Currently I have a load or two of laundry which needs doing which I will likely find time to do when I sit down to do my work…

Procrastination is often a masked act of self protecting self… or rather

The two most common reasons for procrastination – fear of success and fear of failure. The fear is the “masked part”.

These two reasons are usually deep rooted when we are kids.  Maybe we tried really hard at something and failed, and it hurt so bad.  We make it mean, If I don’t try then I won’t cry.

Or maybe the opposite, maybe somewhere along the way success hurt… maybe you shined a bit too bright for someone else’s comfort or maybe someone else felt bad when you “won” when you shone.

Maybe you are procrastinating because you are scared of what life would be like if you did the things you were avoiding.

Ask God for help!  Ask God for insight into why you are avoiding certain things.  Memorize some scripture like the verse below and “stand on” it. Speak it out and then complete a task. 

Philippians 4:13 ESV I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

There are tangible tools to use to overcome procrastination, use a timer and do the task until the buzzer goes, count 5,4,3,2,1, and just do it.  Reward your self with something you enjoy after doing the task.  Do the task first. But if you want to kick procrastination to the curb forever dive a little deeper into your comfort zone with the questions; Am I ok with shining? with exceeding current limits? Am I scared of failing? Am I scared of winning?

Another tool you can try is;

Ask yourself, when have I felt this feeling before? 

Trace it back in time.  Notice what memories pop up and ask yourself what might need healing from those memories?  Can you recognize where your subconscious might be trying to protect you? 

Asked yourself what behaviour needs to be reset to fit your new dreams and new reality.


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