You might believe that success is about coming up with great ideas or doing the impossible, but most success is the result of doing the mundane. It’s doing the things that no one wants to do. Whether it’s getting a better job, doing well in school, losing weight, or saving a million dollars, the process is largely unenjoyable.
In most cases, you know what needs to be done. The challenge is getting yourself to do it.
Dealing effectively with procrastination is getting yourself to do things you don’t want to do. It’s great practice for learning how to become successful! If you can defeat your procrastination, you can accomplish just about anything.
This is a very common process. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work well if you’re trying to get ahead or to prevent your life from descending into chaos.
Procrastination is a very human habit. There’s little doubt that its origins were helpful. Poor decisions could be disastrous 100,000 years ago. Our brains had to be thoroughly convinced that an idea was worthy of execution before it would allow us to act.
Doing something today that’s unenjoyable doesn’t make a lot of logical sense if it can be put off until another time.
Decide for yourself that right now is that time. Use your urge to procrastinate as fuel for learning to be successful.