(Attitude) The Perils of Procrastination

procrastinate“I’ll do it tomorrow.”  How often have you heard those words or said them yourself?  While some things must wait until tomorrow, and some things can wait until tomorrow, some things cannot wait until tomorrow.  Pursing your passion is one of those things that cannot wait until tomorrow.

For most of us, writing is a passion that has become a profession. To neglect to write would, therefore, be to neglect our passion and, in so doing, to neglect our profession.

Yet, why do some writers often find themselves putting off until tomorrow what they should do today?  Here are a few reasons, most of which are excuses:

1)  I don’t have time to write. All of us have the same number of hours in each day. How we use those hours reflects what is important to us. If writing is important to you, you will make time to write.  Notice, I did not say find time to write. We don’t find time to write; we carve it into our daily schedule.

2) I’ll write when the kids grow up, or when I quit my job, or when I finish my degree.  The truth is that, if you are not making time to write now, you will likely not make time to write when.  Motivational speaker Denis Waitley used to call this intangible future place Someday Isle. Are you living on Someday Isle?  If so, leave immediately and move to Now Isle.

3) I’ll write but first, I have to check my email; but first I have to do the laundry; but first I have to clean the bathroom. Jesus had a lot to say about people who put less important things first (Matthew 8:21-22). To succeed as a writer, you must make writing a top priority.

Procrastination is one of Satan’s most subtle tools to keep us from fulfilling our destiny as writers. Get wise to him and resist procrastination. If you don’t, you’ll be moving to What Might Have Been Isle, not a pretty place to live.

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