Most of us have big dreams that we wish to realize and great ideas we want to implement. We wish to become that which we think we could be. Sometimes we spend time thinking of what we intuitively know we could just wish to be. A study found out that up to half of our mental activity is spent on daydreaming. Hmm. Interesting! But wait, where do all these ideas usually go to? Maybe not everything we daydream for the future is feasible, but what about a few that are? Or drop the idea of daydreaming, what about the solid plans that we make and never get to realize? The projects and activities we procrastinate about? Procrastination is such a common problem that –in my opinion- if solved, the world would blast in just how many achievements are made per time. Most people grow old and die without ever accomplishing much of which they (at some point) wish they accomplished. One way to get over procrastination and achieve your dreams, is to start NOW! No excuses, NOW! Here are 4 reasons why you should kick in the butt what’s stopping you, buckle up, and start
1. You have what it takes to start.
Some people never get to start their projects because they think they don’t have –at least, “not yet”- what it takes to start. These “what-it-takes” are usually resources; money, time, people, government support, and formal education or rather ‘credentials’, to mention but a few. However, the truth is quite on the contrary. Getting started and sometimes accomplishing is less about resources and much about our resourcefulness. Your resourcefulness is based on things like courage, creativity, purpose, passion, hard work and persistence. You might not have the resources, but you have what it takes to get started –your resourcefulness.
Have you ever heard of Samuel Pierpont Langley? In the 20th Century he was given $50,000 by USA’s War Department to figure out a flying machine. He hired the best people out there. Having full press coverage by New York Times and being at Harvard, he certainly could get anyone. But have you ever heard of him? Unless you’re nerdy, I bet not. Well, as he was working on his project, just a few hundred miles away in Dayton Ohio, two brothers with a small team, none with a college education, collecting money from their bicycle shop to fund the project and with no press coverage, accomplished what is arguably one of the most useful inventions in human history –the airplane. When inventing a flying machine, the Wright brothers never had the resources you claim you can’t implement your project without. They only had a purpose, perseverance of five crashes, hard work and creativity, which you can choose to have. Their success, like everyone else’s was not much about resources but resourcefulness.
2. Learning is a never-ending process.
I remember procrastinating on so many things with this excuse. I just can’t remember how many times I wanted to do something and said, “Well, I have to learn and understand it ‘fully’ before I get in”. But the truth is that these thoughts served only one purpose –delaying me. In fact had I not woken up to reality, they would have served the second –stop me for good.
You see, you’re always going to learn something new about everything. There is never a point in life that you’re going to sit down with a cup of coffee and say “I know it all. I think I can now start!” Successful people, leaders in their fields, renowned as “experts” are constantly learning about their fields. Most of them actually started out with only a passion, and little if any knowledge. It’s through doing and making mistakes that they accumulated the knowledge and experience we respect them for. Most people spend so much time learning through books or videos, but that’s all they ever get to do. I know some poor old men with enough theoretical knowledge of personal finances and business management. If you’re out there, you probably know a few as well. Truth be told, you don’t eat knowledge and you need not be an expert to start, you need to start to be an expert. So, enough of ‘learning’, just start and everything else will figure itself out.
3. There’s nothing like “risk-free”
Risk is so popularly the reason most people never dare to start. So many people are afraid of starting because they can’t, at least in their opinion, take the risk. If you think about it, who’d want to get to the end and realize that all that effort was a waste? That feeling may be terrible for most people. They don’t want to live the rest of their life regretting that they ever, so willingly, walked themselves into a den of lions in broad daylight. Hmm! So, is their thinking accurate? I don’t know!
There’s a common phrase that is used to motivate risk-taking – “it’s better to know it never worked out than living the rest of your wondering how it could have turned out” or getting at the end of your life and realizing you have done nothing worthy, because as it turns out, everything worth pursuing is risky, if you think about it. However, that’s not the point I want to make. You see, by not doing we’re risking success. Yes! By not starting we are putting our success on the line. In fact we’re taking a very high risk because the chances of getting what you want without ever doing something solid are very small and applicable in almost nothing. Think about it this way; to dare is to risk, but to never dare is to risk with almost no chances of succeeding.
4. It sets the pace for everything else
Let’s say, the more things you never start, the less you can ever start. I understand that there could be so many ways to interpret that, but what I’m trying to say here, is the fact that procrastinating –for whatever reason- erodes your self-confidence. When you have so many things that you have ever wanted to start but you never have, then you instill in your mind a sense of failure and solidify the notion that you are incapable. In this mental state you cannot start anything positive and worthy.
It not only affects your future possibilities, it affects your present activities as well. Studies show that failing to start what you have planned is a stress factor and can diminish your happiness, which in turn minimizes your efficiency in everything that counts. You’re never worse that thinking of yourself as a failure, and that’s what too much procrastination, for whatever reason, bears.
On the other hand, starting whatever you have planned can be a very powerful energizer for you. When you start you gain passion and momentum. You begin to appreciate the fact that you have made progress. That in turn gives you a good feeling about yourself and in this state your confidence is boosted and you are energized to keep moving. As you keep going you keep discovering more that you could do, and that makes you think bigger and more highly of yourself. You are now considering taking on bigger things. It all starts when you decide to start!
If you’re ever going to get anything done, you’re going to have to start anyway! Unless you can travel in time to the future and drop when the task is done, there is no way you are going to see the end of anything without ever starting it. Getting yourself together and daring to start whatever it is you have been planning or thinking of doing, is just as important as doing it. So well, if you’re never going to get it done without starting, why not start?