The Killer of Dreams – Procrastination
Every goal, ambition, dream or target that you have in your life comes ready-made with a fixed amount of energy attached to it.
Once that pre-fixed energy is gone, you lapse into a state of flux: you neither have the power to carry on towards your target, nor do you have the will to forget the whole thing.
The result: procrastination. All you can do is think of other things that you’d rather be doing.
But, that unfinished task acts like a drain on the energy attached to all the other things that you do instead.
The trick is to either plan your jobs so that you finish each one while its energy level is still sufficient to keep you going, or to deliberately stop before the tank runs empty – so that your enthusiasm can supply the needed fuel for you to start again another day.
Think of it like a car. All the time there is gas in the tank, you can go somewhere and get things done. If the needle says that the tank is running low, you can get to a gas station and fill up.
But if you ignore that needle and allow the tank to run dry, you grind to a halt. Odds are that you will come to a full-stop in the most inconvenient place possible, and getting more gas will be a major challenge.
How is your confidence?
If you’re like most people, your confidence quotient could do with a bit of a boost. Here are three things you can do right away to do just that:
1. Learn to put the past in its place. The past may be gone, but it can leave a scar. It is okay to remember, but fatal to dwell. Learn from the past, live in the present and plan for the future.
2. Don’t believe negative people. We are all surrounded by two types of people – those who hold us up, and those who push us down. The negative ones are forever trying to tell us that we can’t do things, but what they really mean is THEY can’t. Nobody has the right to tell you what you can or can’t do – that is for you to decide. Decide to be positive!
3. Celebrate your successes. Make a big thing of them – if only in your mind. Reward yourself for doing well and pretty soon it will come naturally.
The Indian election in 1984 was the largest of any country with over 379,000,000 voters eligible to vote at over 480,000 polling stations.
The largest employer in the world is the Indian railway system. It employs over 1.6 million people.
Almost 3 billion movie tickets are sold in India every year, and Bollywood produces over 800 movies a year to supply the demand (about double the output of Hollywood).
This often quoted passage by Charles Swindoll is one of those basic truths that should be pinned to everyone’s wall.
“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, gifted ability, or skill. It will make or break a company, a church, a home.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace from that day. We cannot change our past, we cannot change the fact that people will act in certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing that we can do is play on the one string that we have and this string is, Attitude. I am convinced that life is ten percent what happens to me and ninety percent how I react to it. And so it is with you….We are in charge of our Attitudes.”
William Shakespeare wrote,
“Things won are done, joy’s soul lies in the doing.”