Gugu Mofokeng

Helping ordinary people create extraordinary lives since 2011

Procrastination! (A.K.A. The Dream-Stopper)

Success Mindset

May 22, 2017

If you tend to procrastinate, to put things off or leave them till the last possible minute then this is for you. The tips I share in this post will help you change the way you think and your procrastination tendencies so that you naturally start to take action, get things done, and achieve the success you really deserve in life.

We all are guilty of procrastinating at one time or another. How many of your dreams have you unwittingly put on an indefinite hold while you’re waiting for perfect conditions or busy yourself with mundane stuff that really does not take you anywhere near what you want to accomplish?

How embarrassing is it to have to come up with a plausible ‘excuse’ for not submitting a project in time? Do you sometimes have to put up with a team member who keeps producing sub-standard work because she did not have enough time to go through the project to check for silly mistakes because she only started working on it last night? How about the frustration of having a business or life partner who takes forever to make important decisions?

On the surface, procrastination looks like an annoying habit of lazy, incompetent & idle people. But, on a deeper level, it’s nothing more than a state of mind. No matter how competent you are, if in your subconscious mind you are not quite sure how to tackle a task, you will procrastinate.

A Procrastinating mind is an unsure mind. You procrastinate, not because you’re incompetent, but because your mind does not have a clear and solid plan of how you’ll tackle the task at hand. Simply put, your mind is overwhelmed.

Procrastination will hold you back on your workload and deadlines. You will start late, produce poor quality work, miss deadlines and end up not getting the recognition and success you deserve for your time and efforts.

Most people experience this to some degree. In the short term, you get a reputation for being lazy, slow or incompetent. People will know you as a person who does not give off your best. Procrastination robs you of the opportunity to put out the quality of work you know you are capable of.

More importantly, procrastination can and does get much more serious in the long term. Lives, dreams and destinies are put on hold and this is the reason I call it a Success Block.

Let’s be honest – you don’t need to be super intelligent, be extremely wealthy, know everything or know the right people to get started with your dream. The ONE THING that will hold you back more than anything, however, is your tendency to procrastinate. The fact is; success comes to those who act and persist in their actions. If you tend to procrastinate, you will not achieve all you are capable of. Happiness will always be an elusive dream to you.

Allowing distractions and diversions to get the best of you on a regular basis could leave you with missed opportunities, frenzied work hours and overwhelming feelings of stress, anxiety, inadequacy, resentment and guilt.

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