Every decision we make in life has its own consequences. Every action we take or avoid taking brings its own challenges and struggles. If you deem procrastinating has no consequences, you are mistaken. The best step on the road to achieving your goals is to take action, no matter how small, to make them come true.
Paralysis by analysis
American business magnate, billionaire, philanthropist, and former US presidential candidate Ross Perot once said,
“If you see a snake, kill it. Don’t appoint a committee on snakes.”
I am not for killing snakes, but I trust Perot was using this example to warn us about the excuses we use to procrastinate decisions. We delay decisions sometimes with a feigned desire for information when we already perceive what we need to do. Having information is a good thing, but using the need to have date to avoid the task at hand can make matters worse and ultimately become the problem.
Many of us rely on procrastinating action. I’m not sure where I learned this, but I can see it in my life. Ironically, I have avoided starting or completing a task even though I knew there were negative consequences for my lack of action. This was particularly true in romantic relationships where I purposely avoided confronting my partner with difficult issues. This may have kept the peace for a while, but my lack of action created a wider distance between our hearts.
Planning and implementing
Action without direction is just as damaging as procrastination. I have friends who occupy their time with inane activity. Their lives are so scheduled, they have no time for reflection nor can they measure any progress towards their goals. Where this differs from procrastinating is that frantic action, is not only useless, it will be accompanied by fatigue.
To make progress, you need to know your destination. One cannot lose 50lbs if you cannot define how you will lose 1lb at a time. Therefore, making a detail plan is important. Not only should it project your goal, it must also give you steps on what to do daily.
Having this kind of target gives your actions intention. Even the smallest action, like what time you will get up to exercise every morning, helps you toward your goals. Action taken with intention sends the Universe the message you are serious about reaching your goals. Your intended actions encourage the Universe to conspire with you.
The time for action is now, nothing can be gained by delay. Inaction causes damaging consequences that may make your situation worse. You do not have to rearrange your whole life to create what you want; you just need to focus your intention and take action. Even the smallest intended action propels you on the way to your dreams. You have to get up to bat and take a swing or you will never get a hit.
As always, wishing you a life filled with joy, love, and serenity.
Previously published here and reprinted with the author’s permission.
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