“You can dance in the storm. Don’t wait for the rain to be over before because it might take too long. You can can do it now. Wherever you are, right now, you can start, right now; this very moment.”
The bittersweet spot where all is fine but not great. The safe, comfortable zone of bearable but deep dissatisfaction.
The fear of failure, being judged, fear of change or being too busy to take on another challenge keeps us resisting the tasks that could quickly propel us from mediocre and dissatisfied, to excellence and incredible satisfaction.
This bittersweet safe zone of hesitation and delay is, of course, procrastination. We are all guilty of it. Even the most productive of us have experienced procrastination at some point in time.
Sometimes it can be good, when things become overwhelming and you need to get your thoughts or strategies in order. In cases like these it is good to stop for a bit, get yourself in order and the answers will come without you even realizing it.
However, there is a thin line between delay and procrastination. If we wait too long to get back into the swing of things, this could swiftly lead to dangerous procrastination, and all the effort you put in thus far goes straight to waste.
Why do the most talented and driven people procrastinate?
In my opinion, it is because people do not know their own potential and worth.
I have met many people in my life who are smart enough to run an empire if they would just focus and put in the effort, and yet they choose to be stuck behind a desk where no one notices them or their worth, including themselves.
There are different opinions about why people procrastinate. Motivation Grid lists the main reason for procrastination as a fear of failure. Other reasons listed by Motivation Grid include perfectionism, low energy levels and a lack of focus.
If you haven’t experienced at least one of these (or all the same time), consider yourself lucky. Life tends to shake us to our core sometimes, and even the most menial tasks become difficult to focus on, never mind doing the tasks that will make you thrive.
If you find yourself guilty of procrastination most of the time, instead of beating yourself up because you think you’re being lazy, disorganized or lack willpower, there is a way you can nip this in the bud. Have a look at this post from Psychology Today. This post will help you to determine the reasons why YOU procrastinate, and how to tackle this problem. Ask yourself the questions in this post and take a hard look at what your priorities are.
It’s time to be brutally honest with yourself.