You and I know that procrastination is one of the biggest roadblocks to success. In fact, the graveyard is full of unfulfilled dreams because someone was waiting for the right time, or until their finances were in order, or until the kids were grown, or whatever imagined stumbling block was out of the way. In other words, until the sun, moon and stars aligned.
It is wasteful and, certainly regrettable, that so many do not recognize procrastination nor understand the insidious way it squashes dreams.
In Luke 14:16-21, Jesus tells the story of the group of men invited to a banquet. When the guests were invited to sit down for dinner, they all had excuses for why they had to put off coming to the table. Others were then invited in their places. So it is with our personal lives and our businesses, you risk others reaping the benefits of our invitations.
How often is it that you come up with a great idea, but fail to follow through on it, only to see that someone else had a similar idea, but acted on it? They reaped the rewards for not giving in to procrastination. They got busy making it happen.
This is the way it must be for all of us. No one else is gong to make our dream come true if we don’t take some kind of action ourselves. We will never sit at the banquet table if we continually come up with excuses, reasons we must put things off until a later date.
A shorter version of the consequences of procrastination: You snooze, you lose.
Don’t hit the snooze button on your life. If you don’t realize anything else, realize that every moment is valuable and so precious. Yes, I admit that it sounds cliche. Moments and opportunities can’t be banked like money into a savings account. Time does nothing but grow short.
Thoughtful action is wise, but be aware of when you making excuses for not taking action. Procrastination should be banished. You must get up and “Do it.” The right time – the only time – is now.
I can supply a few helpful hints if you aren’t sure of what to do:
1. Stop making excuses.
2. Get a buddy or mentor, someone who will help you stay on track. The Bible says, “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed.” Ecclesiastes 4:9
3. Order your steps; ask for God’s help through daily meditation.
4. Make a list of tasks and cross off each as you complete them. Celebrate each difficult task you complete. Your successes are always worth celebrating.
When you procrastinate, you fail to use your talents and we all know what the Bible says about not using your talents.
The famous (and prolific) artist, Pablo Picasso, put it another way:
“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.”
Remember, you have so much to to offer world, but no one will ever know if you give in to procrastination.
Until next time, continue to take steps of excellency and you will leave behind a trail of greatness.
Ashley Lounds Brooks