Welcome to #InspireAfricaProject! Procrastination is not just the thief of time, it is the thief of dreams, ideas, and opportunities. Procrastination is the leader of an armed robbery gang that sends people to the grave unfulfilled. Every morning, procrastination moves from house to house saying to people; “Take things easy,” “Sleep,” “Can’t you see that you’re tired?” “Rest a little bit.” “Watch the television,” etc. procrastination is the thief of energy and enthusiasm. You must kill it now!
If you want to kill a vision, an idea or a project, just keep using words like, tomorrow, next week, later, sometime, someday, one day, or when I’m less busy. There will never be a favorable time or season to carry out an assignment. So what shall we do? Do it now! Just do it! I mean, right now! I’m talking to you, take that first step now! You have waited for too long, this is the right time to make you dream happen.
Now is the magic word of success. Tomorrow, next week, later, sometime, someday are synonymous for the failure word, never! Lots of good dreams never come true because we say, “I’ll start someday,” when we should say, “I’ll start now, right now.”
Take one example, saving money. Just about everybody agrees that saving money is a good idea. But just because it’s a good idea doesn’t mean many folks follow an organized savings and investment program. Many people have intentions to save, but only relatively few acts on these intentions.
Many people vowed on several occasions that they would start a savings and investment program, but they never did. Why? Because their decision was not well defined. If they had gone to the bank and open a savings account, put some money in it, and vow to put aside twenty percent of their monthly income no matter how tough things are, they would have started the project a long time ago. But by saying, “One day we will,” they kept postponing the project.
“Here’s how one young couple got into gear with a regular wealth accumulation program. Bill’s take-home income was $1,000 a month, but he and his wife, Janet, spent $1,000 each month too. Both wanted to save, but there were always reasons why they felt they couldn’t begin.
For years they had promised themselves, “We’ll start when we get a raise,” “When we have caught up with our installments,” “When we are over hump,” “Next month,” “Next year.”
Finally Janet got disgusted with their failure to save. She said to Bill, “Look, do we want to save or don’t we?” He replied, “Of course we do, but you know as well as I we can’t put aside anything now.”
But for once Janet was in a do-or-die mood. “We’ve been telling ourselves for years we’re going to start a savings program. We don’t save because we think we can’t. Now let’s start thinking we can. I saw an ad today that shows if we’d save just $100 a month, in fifteen years, we’d have $18,000 plus $6,000 accumulated interest.
The ad also said it’s easier to spend what’s left over after savings than it is to save what’s left over after spending. If you’re game, let’s start with ten percent of your pay and let’s save off the top. We may eat crackers and milk before the month is up, but if we have to, we will.”
Bill and Janet were cramped for few months, but soon they were adjusted to their new budget. Now they feel it’s just as much fun to “spend” money on savings as it is to spend on something else.”-David J. Schwartz.
If Janet did not take the bull by the horns, they will never start the savings program. There will always be more and more needs waiting to be met at the end of the month. But by deciding to save before even spending their monthly income, the couple killed every temptation that would have stopped them from saving. That’s how to kill procrastination!
Do you want to write a letter to a friend? Do it now! Got an idea you think would help your business or profession? Act on it now! Do you want to buy or build a house? Start immediately! Do you want to write a book or go to the studio to record your music? Do it right now!
Live in the advice of Benjamin Franklin: “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” Think in terms of getting things accomplished. The moment you start thinking in terms of someday or sometime, you’re programming yourself for failure.
I discovered many years ago that naturally, human being loves comfort. In fact, if not because of hunger and depravation, many people will just sleep all their lives. Having the full understanding of this fact has helped me to make myself uncomfortable. I have learned to drag myself down from the bed no matter what my body is saying to me. I made up my mind to deny myself many things so that I can make my life count.
You must kill procrastination if you truly want to make your life count. Enough of postponement. I know that rest is important, but don’t put your destiny to rest. Six hours of sound sleep is good enough for you. Therefore get up from that bed and make your life count. Anything worth doing must be done immediately! Kill procrastination today!
William James said; “Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.” Olin Miller opined, “If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.” Ida Scott Taylor puts it this way; “Procrastination usually results in sorrowful regret. Today’s duties put off until tomorrow give us a double burden to bear; the best way is to do them in their proper time.” Wisdom is profitable to direct!
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