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Procrastination - why?


Procrastination is an oft-discussed subject, with a superfluity of experts (we are all experts in this subject) publishing lists of techniques and tools to beat it.

But that’s dealing with the symptom. What about the cause? Why do we put off that which we know we want to do to get on in life, that we need to do to be the best version of ourselves and live life to the full?

Most of us, and I include my recent self in this, procrastinate our lives away. We drift, waiting for this and that to happen, with no clear direction and no clear understanding of why our lives have become mediocre, or stressful, out of balance and even unhappy.

In the words of John Lennon, 'life is what happens to you when you are busy making other plans'. 

Procrastination is the biggest blocker to life, the biggest time-eater – why? Is it so we may lie in bed longer, watch rubbish tv longer, scan Twitter for longer, or even to do mundane chores for longer? If only it were as simple as being lazy or demotivated.

The truth is it’s scary to move forward. It’s out of our comfort zone. It takes work, commitment and courage to follow through. We are scared. We doubt ourselves. We lack confidence. We don’t think we are good enough. We may be judged and found wanting. We may fail.

Have you confronted the real reason why you are not getting on with it?

So you want to write a blog?

What’s stopping you?  

The same thing that stops us from doing anything we know we want to do and need to do…. Doubt.  Actually self-doubt.  Really – it’s fear: what might people think of me?  They will judge me!  They will be able to see inside my head!  I’m unworthy.  Or even worse: boring!  Aaagh…

A life lived in fear is a life half lived…

My favourite quote, actually a Spanish proverb central to the gorgeous Baz Luhrmann film Strictly Ballroom.

I really wanted to write for years, long before blogs were invented, before ebooks and emails and social media came along.  But fear held me back.  From being a story-writer at age 14 since then I haven’t written anything worth reading (unless you wanted to know why you had just been sacked or why we should make pizza restaurants more attractive to the Chinese market).

Then I met an extraordinary person this morning and he threw down the gauntlet. Just do it he said, or you will have to buy me breakfast at the next meeting we’re at. Well, call me tight if you will but this was the catalyst I needed to overcome my fear.  Thank you Sail – As in Boat - you have unleashed me!  (