Jailing Procrastination

…Still hoping? Still thinking? Still wishing? I have this word on my heart I have to share and I believe someone needs it. I write this because I know for a fact that many of us have dreams, ideas, thoughts and desires that we would love to come true, but here’s a tip, they won’t come true unless we STOP PROCRASTINATING and get serious. King Solomon told us that time and chance comes to everyone (Eccl 9:11). But did you know that you need to make the most of your time and opportunities to maximise your chances of succeeding in life? For those of you that have already started on what you know you should do, great! I encourage you to keep at it - move from strength to strength. Those of you that haven’t, then just start doing something. But please take a step. God has designed it that whenever we achieve a goal or complete an important task our brain releases a neurochemical called “endorphins” which is like a natural drug giving us a natural high. We’re supposed to get addicted to success!!

But anyways look, you can’t get back time you can only redeem it (Eph 5:16). You do that by simply making the most of what you have left. That means walking in wisdom according to God’s will for your life. Procrastination is one of the biggest thieves of our time. He slowly creeps in and out and very often you don’t have a clue until he’s gone. Let’s put him in jail. You see it doesn’t matter how many books you read, how much of the Word you study or how many sermons you hear. It’s what you do with the information that counts. There are many ways to overcome it, but you need to know how. Allow me to share just a few tips that I believe can help:

1. Decide exactly what you want to do in life (Your Vision).

Once you decide where you’re going you have more clarity of mind, better focus and you can get to your destination quicker.

2. Set clear priorities and focus.

By determining your priorities in life you begin to establish what’s really important to you and where your energy can be more focused. This alone can help you to discipline yourself where you wouldn’t normally bother because you’re clear of what your main focus should be. “When every physical and mental resource is focused, one’s power to solve a problem multiplies tremendously.” – Norman Vincent Peale.

3. Set goals to achieve your targets.

Your goals should be weekly, monthly and yearly goals. By breaking down your goals into segments, you’ll find the final target doesn’t seem so big. Someone once asked “How do you eat an elephant?”…by taking one bite at a time!!

4. Plan your days in advance.

I like what Alan Lakein said, “Planning is bringing the future into the present so you can do something about it now.” If you don’t decide what to do with you time then someone else will. Your daily goals should be inline with those from your weekly, monthly and yearly goals so that you don’t fall off course. But be sensitive – if God decides to change your direction listen.

5. Keep yourself motivated.

There’s a lot to be said for this area but I’ll mention two things - firstly learn to talk to and encourage yourself. It doesn’t always mean that you’re going mad when you talk to yourself; it often means you’re quite wise. Our personal conversation to ourselves is one of the most powerful gifts we have (Prov 18:21). Your ability to stay motivated will decide your momentum in life. Secondly, I would say always keep your eye on the future whether it is 5 years from now or to eternity. Many times we don’t bother trying because we want “now” results but sometimes the best building blocks of our character are challenges that teach us to persevere.

God bless and protect

Chidi

 

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