"He who has a why can endure any how."
Why do we procrastinate? It feels like we have two natures that are fighting with each other in a boxing match. In one corner, weighing in at 175 pounds, we have our progressive side. This is the part of us that has all of the right intentions and ideals. In the opposite corner, weighing in at 300 pounds, we have the procrastinator. The goal of our procrastinator is to get us to put things off by reminding us of our fears, flaws and failures. Below is an illustration from my past that sheds light on this battle:
It was 5:00 a.m. and I could hear my progressive side urging me to wake up and work out. Physical fitness is a personal goal. Then I heard my procrastinator suggest that I should hit the snooze button and sleep in for ten more minutes. After all, what difference would ten minutes make? The sleep felt so good that I snoozed through the morning. Three days went by and I still had not worked out. My procrastinator was the winner.
Later in the day, I could hear my progressive side reminding me to attend my Toastmasters meeting at 6:00 p.m. I have a goal to improve as a public speaker. Suddenly, I heard my procrastinator reminding me of how tired I was from a full day's work. Missing one meeting wouldn't make a difference. Three weeks went by before I attended my next meeting. This was another victory for the procrastinator.
That evening, I could hear my progressive side reminding me to start writing my weekly blog. I have a goal of becoming a successful writer. Once again, I heard my procrastinator reminding me of how difficult is was to come up with new ideas. Putting off my writing for one day should not cost me anything. Three months went by and I had not written a word. Score a third victory for the procrastinator.
What is the key to victory and how can you win you're next fight against procrastination?
The key to victory is to stay connected to your personal WHY. Your why is the mission, meaning and motive behind what you want to accomplish. Your WHY will drive you to wake up early, work into the night, and walk with purpose. What is your WHY? Answering the following three questions will help you to discover it:
What does success mean to you?
What are you passionate about?
If you could make a difference for anyone what would that difference be?
The answer to these questions is your WHY. If you connect your goal to your passions and purpose, you will win the fight against procrastination every time.