The other day I was about to grab my favorite beverage (kombucha tea), sit down, take a deep breath, and write a blog post about a subject that intrigues me. But as soon as I got ready to sit down I reasoned to myself, “hmmm I just got home from work, let me unwind first and see if I have any new messages on Facebook first.”
As I scrolled through my news feed while sitting in my favorite chair (black leather recliner), my eyes began to feel heavy as I skimmed through the meaningless status updates many of my FB friends had posted.
After about ten minutes of scrolling through my news feed, my stomach let off a loud growl letting me know that I had better feed it before the evening was over. “But wait”, I thought to myself, “I should probably write this blog post first and then eat something before I go to sleep…well… on second thought, I’ll probably be able to focus better once I get something in my stomach… yea I’d better eat first.”
You probable know where this is going… I never did write that blog post. Instead I convinced myself that I had better get some much needed sleep since it was getting late, and that I would do it in the morning…. yea… that never happened either.
Procrastination. Oh how we struggle to overcome it. It seems like it has so strong of a hold on us that we procrastinate without even thinking about it. Almost like it’s second nature. As soon as we decide we should do something, we automatically decide we should do it “later”, only to decide to put it off once more once later comes!
Why is it so hard to stop procrastinating even on things that are so important to us? I think it’s pretty simple really… Because it’s a habit. Because we learned to procrastinate at a very young age and some of us have been procrastinating for over half a century! (Not me though… I’m still young).
After so many years of putting things off to another day, It’s not easy to replace this habit with a good one, a habit of executing on our goals, big or small. After all they are polar opposites. Becoming a person that gets things done no matter the circumstances, someone who looks at the “good reasons” for procrastinating, as poor excuses.. well you don’t just become that person over night.
Habits are actions and thought patterns that we have repeated over and over so many times that now they are practically ingrained into our brain. This is called creating neural pathways. Read this blog here for more info on neural pathways.
Think of a marble rolling down a sand dune. As it rolls through the sand it’s creating a slight path behind it. Now picture more marbles, one after the other, rolling down the hill through that same pathway. The second, third, fourth and fifth… soon you can see the pathway has a much deeper groove in the sand which makes it harder for the new marbles to jump the curb and begin making a brand new pathway.
Every time we do a specific action, it’s as if we are sending marbles down the neural pathways in our brain. As we continue to repeat the action, we increase the chances that we will do it again and decrease the chances that we won’t.
Once this fact hit me, I figured I should probably stop procrastinating on writing this blog on procrastination and decided to begin changing my habits of procrastination now, in hopes that I will be free of this bad habit before the age of 50…
Wish me luck… I’ll keep you posted on the progress later… (but don’t hold me to it)… 😉
Until next time, stop all of that procrastination, and get in control of those marbles… (some of you may need to find them first…haha get it?)
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“Life’s a roller coaster ride, you just have to sit back and enjoy the ride.” I know if you’re reading this right now you probably have heard this, or a variation of this saying, a few times before.
At first glance, this saying sounds about right. Life has it’s ups and downs, and you have to learn to flow with the changing circumstances, not get too worked up about it, and just enjoy everything you can about life, right?
Well although I partly agree with this concept of life, I partly disagree. You see, life is compared well with going on a roller coaster ride in some aspects. But it’s a poor comparison in other aspects.
Let me explain…
In life, real life, things happen to you. Good things and bad things. But lucky for us, we have the power to change things that happen and make them better or worse. We have the power to actually take bad things that happen, learn from them, adapt to the changes and make something good out of it.
And the same goes for good things that happen to us, we can actually end up screwing things up terribly if we’re not careful.
So no, life isn’t just a roller coaster ride that we some how got strapped into and have no control over whatsoever. We can influence, to a great degree the direction our lives take, for better or for worse.
The sooner we realize this, and take full responsibility for the opportunities that come our way, as well as our current circumstances, the better off we will be, and the more fulfilling and meaningful our lives will be.
As for me, I’m just a young teenager with huge aspirations, trying to find my way in life. I don’t want to settle for less or be average. I want to be extraordinary. I don’t want to just sit back and enjoy the ride as is, because I’m not satisfied with the ride right now. I want a better ride. I want more ups then downs and I want this ride to go faster!
So until I’m having the ride of my life, there’s no time for relaxing and just letting life pass me by. Yes I’m just a teenager, yes I have a lot to learn, and yes I want to enjoy life while I’m still young. I get it. “Don’t grow old too early,” I’ve heard it said plenty of times by the elderly. But i want to be heading somewhere while I’m having the time of my life.
I have big dreams. Big goals. And a big future. My name is Jay, and this is the beginning of the story of my quest for success!