How easy it is to put off doing those things we know we should do – things both small and large. My bookshelf is overflowing with books and I either need to get a new bookshelf or give some away. My ironing basket is always overflowing and this is just another thing I put off. I also have a new module for my workshop I would like to complete. Again, I procrastinate!

Woman in RedProcrastinating may be easy, but the fruits are hard and bitter. And it is especially painful when, by procrastinating too long, you run out of time.

You are a 50-year-old woman, a golden girl — still physically healthy to be comfortable, mentally sharp as to start something new, socially confident as to network with friends and financially free to strike out on some business you have silently dreamed about. Yet you procrastinate. And procrastinate. Then you find yourself, decades later, already feeling the signs of physical weakness, mental decline, social insecurities and financial burdens. You have frittered away a precious decade by your procrastination habit.

Think of your being 50 as being in that state where you are right in the middle of your life — strategically looking back to ample years of experience and looking ahead to many years of hope. You are young enough to pursue your fondest dreams. Now is the time to take action. Now is the time to rouse yourself up from procrastination — that vicious habit that simply must be rooted out of your life. Consider the following dire effects of procrastination so you can be motivated to take action.

Procrastination prevents you from taking the first step.

The first step, no matter how faltering or fumbling it may be, may be all that is needed to keep you moving forward. The inspiration for doing often comes with actual doing. Do you dream of a business of your own? Something that comes from deep within your soul is the most fulfilling job you can take on. Forget the fact that you have put off your dream for several decades and just take one baby step. It is alright to search yourself, research on the matter, plan meticulously and do market research; but don’t get too lost in the preparation as to fail to actually take the first move.

Procrastination exaggerates your perception of difficulty.

The more you procrastinate, the harder your tasks seem to be, the more problems you think you have and the more negative your whole perspective becomes. You see, the more you put off a task, the greater it looms in your mental horizon and the heavier it weighs on your mind. Yet if you stop procrastinating, roll up your sleeves and really start doing, you will find that the mountain you perceived it to be is really just a molehill.

Procrastination makes you an escapist.

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When you procrastinate, what do you do instead? You are essentially doing the things which are less enjoyable, less rewarding and less fulfilling. Surfing the net, checking emails, going window shopping, reading a book, watching TV — anything of a far lesser value than your dream — is simply an escape. Procrastination feeds escapism and escapism never leads to lasting satisfaction.

Procrastination robs you of your faith in yourself.

Something about procrastination sends signals that you are a slacker, inept, a failure and a loser. On the other hand, when you have crossed off at least a few things from your to – do list, your self – confidence rises. If there is one thing that should motivate you to shake off that habit of procrastination, it is to build your faith in yourself.

What could you do today to bring you closer to your dream?

Take action NOW!

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