Someone recently asked me if children procrastinate like adults? The answer is “yes.” In my new book, “Revolutionize Your Child’s Life” you will learn how children procrastinate if the parent does. Depending on the period in their lives, your routines, thoughts, beliefs and habits become a significant part of your child’s life.
Procrastination is clearly the lack of persistence. It is an excuse, alibi, blaming others or circumstances, lack of self-discipline or simply – putting off tomorrow what we can do today. Many people procrastinate due to fear of failure. Why are so many people afraid to fail and what are they afraid of? Failure is a good thing and you should welcome it. Failure is feedback letting you know how to modify your plan – stepping-stones to success. It is only failure if you don’t get back up.
Indecision, doubt and fear, which are the origin of most everyone’s problems, will self-sabotage you. Indecision is the seedling of fear; it crystallizes into doubt; and the two blended together become fear – fear being the most crippling. Fear is not real. It is something you create in your mind. False Evidence Appearing Real – FEAR.
The majority of people permit relatives, friends, and the public at large to influence them so that they cannot live their own lives because they fear criticism. Fear causes you to lose ambition, initiative, imagination, enthusiasm and self-control. Those vital attributes are the core of our existence and the surplus of our success.
Remember all the famous people who failed before reaching success. Edison is a perfect example. He didn’t fail. He found 10,000 ways a light bulb wouldn’t work. The difference between the person who fails and the one who succeeds is the perception they have. It is seizing an opportunity and acting upon it, unlike the person who allows fear to dominate his abilities.
So, how do we overcome procrastination? We persist. Watch for my next blog on persistence.