Are you guilty of mastering the art of procrastination? You know what you need to do to get you to the next level. Whether it’s getting a job, a promotion or a business deal, but you always come up with some excellent reason why you should not do what needs to be done. Your ideas truly carry some weight, and are hard to argue with, but seriously, where has that left you?
So, what really holds you back? What stops you from taking action?
The usefulness of knowledge lies only in its application
Have you heard of analysis paralysis? This is where you are always out there learning, and learning, and learning some more. Always expanding your knowledge in something, but never making a decision because you have too many options and are looking for the perfect solution.
When you get bored of the new knowledge, you pick something else that you would consider complimentary. The reasoning is ‘I am not yet ready; I still need to expound my knowledge about those skills.’ The truth is you are hiding from the responsibility of taking action.
The reason we learn is to exercise what we have learned. Learning is rendered redundant when we do nothing about it. It becomes useless if we do not apply it. You can only figure out how far you have developed your learning by implementing. Remember, “Practice makes perfect.”
Living in the future
Do not laugh my dear. Some people practically live in the future, as if it were today. They plan things several years ahead, which may not be a bad idea. The problems start when they make decisions based on that plan as if it has already concluded.
You cannot start figuring out in detail what color to paint a house you have not yet build. This would be impractical to implement. It sets you up for failure. Knowing what you want your finished product to look like is just the beginning. After that, you need to implement it from the ground up.
Start saving money to lay down the foundation of your house, for example.
Lack of belief
Another group of people burdened with a similar challenge have the tendency to keep replaying the finished product in their minds to a point where they are unable to make a move toward resolving it.
The image of the finished house becomes too big for them to handle because they look at their meager resources, and fail to appreciate how to get to their desired end.
They have an idea but fail to break down the challenges into manageable chunks. This way, they are overwhelmed with what they could have pulled off because they lose faith.
Obsessing with your past failures
Do you know that failure comes so that you grow from the experience?
Some of you carry your past failures forward and spread it into your future projects. You fail to appreciate that every failure is an opportunity to learn and improve yourself.
The truth is, failure is only absolute if we deem it so. And we do that by giving up on trying or moving forward. As long as you are willing to keep trudging on, you are not a failure.
Lack of defined goals
If you do not know where you want to go -anything goes. To make a bed, you need to decide from the onset that is what you want to do.
Determine your destination before you set off on any project. This helps you keep within the confines that will lead you to where you desire to end.
What this means is even when you take breaks in between, you will pick up from there and move to your destined place. Distractions will be easily warded off because you have a goal and cause to an end.
Being the lone ranger
Some of you would prefer to get lost rather than seek direction. In the process, you waste time and get further from their desired destination.
Seeking help saves you a lot of trouble, time, and cost.
Once you realize you are not making progress, this tends to kill your zeal to take action. Consistently returning negative results does not work well with any of us.
To succeed, you need to have the confidence to reach out for assistance, network with others and get feedback from a mentor.
So, what do you think stops you from taking action? I’d like to hear from you.
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