Are you sure you’re modernizing and making-over your thinking and decision making at the same rate that your technology is continuously up-dated?
We are obsessed with “up dates” in everything from smartphones to our homes. “Make-overs” are standard requirements for every aspect of our lives. All this up-dating, and yet too many people persist with out-of-date thinking.
Procrastination—the easiest, difficult thing you can do—can be the culprit when thinking approaches are out of date:
- Procrastination is as easy as postponing instead of doing or deflecting instead of committing. When time requirements are extended, outcomes become complicated and compromised, draining energy and resources;
- Procrastination is difficult because it does not eliminate the task in question, it adds work. Effort goes into perpetuating the delay and, inevitably, into “facing the music” even though no progress is made.
Too many people grow up and leave home without accepting responsibility for themselves. This means they get stuck with more negatives and lose out on more positives in every aspect of life. Those who neglect self-discipline often put that energy and skill development into perfecting procrastination.
Do any of the following 4 Signs of PROCRASTINATION Invisible TO YOU, But NOT to Clients sound like your discussions with yourself?
1. Lying to yourself and others is an automatic response
2. Justifying by blame or fatalism as your signature reaction
3. Expecting less from yourself and more than is reasonable from others, or
4. Mastering excuses, so an excuse is your first response—often before you think about what has happened and what you can do about it.
Ask any experienced business leader or professional and they’ll tell you that these 4 misplaced reactions, and the procrastination that causes them, undermine client’s dreams and goals more than external forces or trends. Yet, these same leaders and professionals may be oblivious to how often their own reactions fall into the 4 categories in the list above.
Procrastination, in any form, is the invisible undermining expense that is not measured in economic evaluations of a business leader’s value or marketability, nor in financial statements or budgets overseen by this executive. Procrastination is not measured in clients’ portfolios or bottom lines. Can you think of an example when your unnecessary delay or deferment cost you money or goal success? Has similar loss been suffered by a client or your business due to your undisclosed procrastination?
© Excerpt from “What’s Your Point?” by PJ Wade, The Catalyst.
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