Stop the I’ll Do It Tomorrow Attitude

In the Bible we read: “. . . the love of money is the root of all evil . . .” (1 Timothy 6:10). And I believe that to be true; however, procrastination comes in a close second. Putting something off until tomorrow is rarely a good idea. How often I’ve heard people make comments like: I’ll start my diet next week; I’ll begin exercising at the beginning of next year; I’ll initiate a job search “soon.” Well, do you know what all these statements have in common?

They are all statements of procrastination.

Sure, you can attempt to justify your inactivity in a plethora of ways, but rationalizing will not lead to favorable results. Taking action is the only method to achieve your goals and thus success, and the sooner you develop the tendency for action vs inaction the better.

Therefore, I’ll provide you with a list of suggestions to assist you in squelching procrastination.

1) Read the book The 5 Second Rule by author and motivational speaker Mel Robbins. (I am not sponsored or in any way compensated for my recommendation.) You will be amazed by the sheer simplicity and practicality of this book.

2) Stop striving for perfection because perfection is a yardstick that does not exist. Moreover, don’t worry if you haven’t got all the answers—learn as you go or ask for assistance. Reaching out to someone for help does not mean you are inadequate.

3) Communicate your goals to somebody—including a deadline, preferably—so that you feel the pressure to take action. The fear of looking like a fool can be a useful weapon, so use it to your advantage.

4) Surround yourself with friends and coworkers who are action minded. People have a tendency to emulate the individuals they hang out with; consequently, if you spend more time with people of action and less time with procrastinators, you’ll be more apt to succeed.

5) Reward yourself for accomplishing tasks. It can be something as simple as a nice dinner or as extravagant as a vacation, depending on the particular goal and your budget. The point is: have a dangling carrot to keep you moving forward if necessary.

So, now you have absolutely no reason to continue dilly-dallying (aka procrastinating) because you have the necessary tools to succeed. Also, don’t berate yourself for missteps because that will only have negative effects. If you make a mistake, forgive yourself and move on.

Who Said Life Was Easy?

I’m not exactly sure when people started becoming so sensitive, or when they began expecting life to be without offenses or struggles. Children believe they should be allowed to do whatever they want, whenever they want; adults are under the delusion life should be replete with happiness and material possessions (what’s a budget?); and everyone has developed a sense of entitlement.

Well, I have two pieces of information it would behoove you to learn: (1) life is not meant to be easy, (2) and nobody owes you anything.

Life is a process . . . and just being a human being is difficult. You have to deal with sickness, pain, suffering, financial responsibility, etc. Moreover, you will have times when you’re rejected by someone, offended, slandered without cause, left out, or criticized for your mistakes. Get used to it; it’s unavoidable. Also, individuals with strong convictions will struggle to maintain those beliefs—just ask any Christian.

If you need further examples, how many times have you simultaneously loved someone and been annoyed by them? Dealing with the guilt from those mixed emotions is challenging. Or have you ever wanted to change a situation but realized you didn’t have the ability? That is a truly humbling experience.

However, all of these difficulties come with opportunities to learn and grow. After all, you cannot master patience without practicing being patient. You’ll never develop strength without first enduring the stress. And success usually follows many, many failures.

So, toughen up and relish the beautiful process of life.

And I’ll leave you with a quote from Bruce Lee: “Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.”

Happy Easter

I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Easter!

Christians, make sure to thank God for His love, kindness, and mercy because we’ve been cleansed by the blood of Jesus without cost to us (Ephesians 2:8-9). None of us deserved to be saved, but He is a loving, compassionate God.

And if you don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ (i.e., not a Christian), I urge you to reach out to Him and ask for forgiveness of your sins; moreover, ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior. . . . It will be the most important decision you ever make.

Do Your Actions Match Your Words?

How many times has someone—perhaps with good intentions—told you they would do something, only to never follow through? Or worse yet, how often do you fail at putting action behind your words? The truth is anyone can talk a good game; however, your actions are the indisputable proof that validates those words.

According to my good, old friend Mark Twain: “Actions speak louder than words, but not nearly as often.”

I believe there are two primary reasons why people don’t make good on their words: (1) They are attempting to impress people by promising what they can’t or don’t want to carry out. (2) They have a difficult time saying no—so they reluctantly say yes. Subsequently, their desire isn’t powerful enough to engender action because they were unwilling from the start.

First, if you really want to impress someone, you should deliver on your agreements. That simple action is unimaginably impressive. Nothing conveys integrity better than being a man or woman whose word is reliable.

Second, learn to respect yourself and others. You can do this by merely saying no when necessary and yes whenever you can—anything else is unsatisfactory. I believe most people would prefer being told no rather than receiving a false promise.

So, make a vow to yourself today that your actions will always match your words. And I will leave you with a quote from Wesam Fawzi: “Ordinary People Promise To Do More. Extraordinary People Just Do More.”

Stop Going Through Your Day on Autopilot

How often do you find yourself meandering through your day without much thought or concern for what you’re doing? Maybe more frequently than you would care to admit. Don’t worry—it happens to all of us. But this detachment from the liveliness around you will quell opportunities to learn, grow, and develop healthier relationships. Moreover, when you’re not actively participating in your own life, you cannot become the optimal version of yourself. You are essentially existing, not living.

This is a BAD thing.

What can you do to prevent this autopilot mode from occurring? Well, you have to make a conscious effort to stay connected throughout your entire day. And here are a few recommendations to engender action on your part.

1) Pay attention – This might sound obvious, but you would be surprised just how many people are not observant of their surroundings. Look at that cardinal perched on a nearby fence; admire the color—red, orange, yellow, green—of tree leaves in your neighborhood; or people watch at your local Starbucks.

2) Interact – Mark Twain might have been a misanthrope, but you can be more gregarious. Take every occasion to engage with the people around you. This includes family, friends, coworkers, and strangers. (Note: Use common sense when attempting to interact with individuals you’re not acquainted with.)

3) Change your routine – Want to avoid a run-of-the-mill lifestyle? Then monotony is your enemy; therefore, make regular adjustments to your routine. Have fun with this one and be creative. So you might take a different route to work, fix eclectic meals, participate in unusual activities, etc.

4) Develop a sense of humor – If you’re like most people, your days are replete with mundane activities and unappreciative people. Trust me—I get it. Nevertheless, you don’t have to take things so seriously. Look for humorous situations around you. Or better yet, learn to laugh at yourself for those little foibles.

Now . . . go out there and actively participate in your life because you have no more excuses.