Somedays I wake up and I know what needs to be done. I know what I have to do. I know what I should do.
But then I don’t do it?
Does this sound like you?
I am not taking about eating well, or working out, or doing my job. This is the shit you have to do. Let’s call it what it is. This is the easy stuff. This is the stuff that in many cases inertia can get us through.
What I am talking about, is the harder stuff. The stuff you haven’t done before. The stuff you think you still need to research. The stuff you have been thinking about for a while. The stuff that will cost you money or it is going to cost you your time. Probably more importantly it is going to cost you your comfort zone.
What is it that is holding you back from the harder stuff? Is it fear or procrastination?
Procrastination is the act of delaying or postponing a task or set of tasks. It is the force that prevents you from following through on what you set out to do.
Fear: a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined.
So which is it? Well, I encourage you to read one of my favorite authors thoughts on procrastination. He explains it better than I can. Read it here.
I look at the definition of fear. The word that jumps out at me is PAIN. And that pain is real or imagined. Pain isn’t necessarily actual pain that you would feel from hurting yourself. I am talking about the perceived pain of giving up your time, your money, and your comfort zone.
We as humans don’t like this kind of pain. When we have to give up time. We look at it as if we are going without. When we give up our money. We often worry that it won’t be worth the money and we also think about what happens when we have less money and all the possibilities we might not be able to pursue because of it.
For me, every time I have had the fear, the emotional pain that I think will be associated with whatever it is I am considering pursuing. When I have overcome that fear. It has allowed me to expand my life in so many ways.
When I spent the money. I received great benefits from it. When I spent the time. I learned that it was well worth it on many levels. And in most cases I walked out if those situations with more value than the costs associated with it.
So what is it that is holding you back? Fear or procrastination?
To your success and your future.