Thursday, June 27, 2013

From Procrastinator to Proactive

I see Procrastination as the delay of responsibilities. It is a bad habit that needs to be broken any way we can. Here's another way to think about it: What stands between you and the success you want? Be sure to get Procrastination out of the picture and you will get there.

It was in college that a professor told me what "Procrastination" meant. The word, which is pronounced [proh-kras-tuh-ney-shuhn] is the act or habit of procrastinating, or putting off or delaying, especially something requiring immediate attention. The kind professor went on to explain how Procrastination would harm us in college. That simple but powerful 30-minute class stayed with me for years. I learned that taking immediate steps towards my goal helped me get a degree.

Whether success means a degree, healthy habits or a clean closet, don't delay your responsibility. For some of us success means making a phone call to say "I was wrong, I apologize." Don't delay making peace if it's up to you (Romans 12:8).

The Bible is a book of action where I find inspiration to leave procrastination behind. Laziness is condemned in the book of Proverbs while following after wisdom is encouraged. The book of 2 Timothy is also a great one to find inspiration to get things done. Paul writes "be ready in season and out of season (2 Timothy 4:2)." What does that mean to you? God has given you dominion as a mother, professional, pastor, etc. How can you be ready in season and out of season? Get procrastination of out of way and you will be ready.

Action Item: Identify what stands between you and success and do it now.

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