“My advice is, never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.” - Charles Dickens
It is human nature to continue putting off tasks for a later date. We live in constant dread of certain actions, not performing and waiting for that "ideal moment" tomorrow. In the end, nothing ever gets done, we waste yet another hour, another day, or another week. We keep on loitering and procrastinating, losing precious time and opportunities. These actions betray our tendencies to live outside the moment. If we are to fully embrace being in the Now, we ought to get rid of procrastination and jump straight right into action.
Procrastination is usually a sign of fear. Fear of failure (which is a mark of the perfectionists) is just another mark of a mindless lifestyle. However, if we are to fully exist in the present, we need to learn to be people of bold action: people who walk the walk. As the famous German writer, Wolfgang von Goethe, puts it, “Only engage and then the mind grows heated. Begin it, and then the work will be completed."
There are many advantages to following this bold course of action. First of all, we get a feeling of accomplishment. We all know that lovely feeling of getting the work done, we will be freed from the nagging dread of an incomplete task. Being a man of action also brings success and boosts one's confidence and self-esteem.
The experience we constantly gain from ventures we take makes us very efficient in our future endeavors.
Of course, jumping into action is not a walk in the park. There are certain common roadblocks and challenges people face when they try to be effective. Let us look at some of the ways to jump these hurdles.
1. Let go of your fears
One way to be a person of action is to let go of your fears. As Theodore Roosevelt put it, “Far much better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer because they live in the grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” If we let fear rule us, if we do not jump into action, we will not fully appreciate life: we let opportunities pass us by. We will live only the pale shadow of a life, and the moment (the Now) will evade us. Cowardice bears no fruit. So, make a list of all those things you have been putting off and just start them NOW.
2. Do not give excuses
Do not try to explain why you haven’t been doing things. Stop justifying your state of inactivity. The moment you start to cut yourself some slack is the moment you start losing momentum. Seize the moment, do not just talk the talk. Let your actions talk.
3. Avoid distractions
We usually create minor, inconsequential tasks to distract ourselves from the major task at hand. We avoid the metaphorical elephant in the room by doing things of little importance. This is a sign of slackness and should be avoided at all costs. Do not create a false sense of "busyness" to avoid tackling the really essential projects.
4. Surround yourself with people of action
Our surroundings influence us, most times in a very subtle way. If you surround yourself with people who buy into your excuses and encourage you to slack you will never go anywhere. You will continue cutting yourself some slack and lying to yourself until you just give up on every important project of your life. Nothing will ever get done. Instead, surround yourself with bold people of action. They challenge you, motivate you, and invite you to be a doer also.
5. Practice mindfulness
Mindful people know the importance of the moment, they embrace the present and exploit it fully to their benefit. They are not weighed down by the past and neither do they put their hope in an elusive "tomorrow." This makes them very efficient when it comes to accomplishing tasks in the Now. So, by practicing mindfulness, you get rid of the fears of failure, and neither will you hang your hopes on some mythical "right moment" or "ideal moment" in the future. This way, you will become a person of action.
6. Be enthusiastic
Be enthusiastic about what you do. If you are not invested in what you want to accomplish, you will never get the zeal and passion to see its fruition. Do things that you love and learn to love the things that you do. This way, you will be eager to dive in and start.
In conclusion, never develop the habit of putting off stuff. Once you start, it becomes a downhill slide to inactivity. People who live and fully exploit the moment are people of action, people who get things done. So be in the moment and boldly start all those things you have been putting off. The moment is now.
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