He Who Procrastinates, Will Regret It Later…
“I’ll get to it tomorrow.”
“I have plenty of time.”
“So-and-so will take care of it.”
“I’ll get around to it.”
Ever catch yourself saying these things?
Or better yet…
Ever catch yourself doing these things?
Don’t expect any sympathy from me… because I’ve heard all the excuses:
- “I work all day and then run my school at night.” You and about 20,000 other school owners. Get over it.
- “I didn’t know how.” Ever hear of a book, a website, an audio, or a phone? We live in the information age, my friend. Self-education is as easy as doing a Google search…
- “I had a million things on my mind.” Welcome to running a business.
- “I was too tired to do it.” Really? You were too tired to make money? Here’s some advice then – sell your school and go get a government job. That way, you can sit around and do nothing all day while you waste someone else’s money.
Harsh? Not in the least.
You see, procrastination is a lot more insidious than we typically think. The reason is that it becomes a habit, a pattern, a way to cop out when we’re faced with things we don’t want to do.
Not only that… it’s self-destructive as well.
Your Procrastination Gives Your Competition More Time To Hose You
Guess what? When you procrastinate, you’re playing defense for the other team…
That’s right – you’re keeping yourself from reaching your goals and making headway against the competition…
And in some cases, clearing the field so the other team can score…
All by being a big, fat, lazy procrastinator.
Yeah, you heard me…
Because if you think about it, procrastination is nothing more than when we allow ourselves to justify our own laziness.
So… Do It Now!
One of my all-time favorite success sayings is from Brian Tracy, and it’s dead-simple:
“Do it now! Do it now! Do it now!”
Anytime I want to put off something until tomorrow, I can hear Brian’s words in my head.
And then, my internal drill instructor kicks in, I kick my butt in gear, and I get the task at hand done.
Why is this so important?
Because, you have NO idea what the competition is planning!
One instance of hesitation, and BAM! They get the jump on you.
In times past, I’ve known very talented martial artists who have gotten their tails kicked in business by less-talented martial arts school owners… all because they were too darned lazy to do things when they should have.
Now, you could argue that the more talented martial artist “deserves” to be successful more than the other school owner. I mean, being as he or she is a better martial artist, has more experience, their students do well in competition… I could go on and on.
But from a business perspective, many times it’s the guy who runs the belt factory down the street who deserves it more…
Why? Because he’s doing the work required to get new students!
The Universal Law Governing Work And Reward
It’s the way the universe works… and it’s a universal law that’s repeated over and over again in Scripture. “You reap what you sow.” “Observe the ant…” “…the work of a man’s hand comes back to him.” I could go on and on.
Of course, everyone wants to blame someone else, right?
But the thing is (and this is what I tell my friends and clients) the buck stops with you!
It’s YOUR SCHOOL, YOUR TAIL on the LINE, and YOUR SUCCESS or FAILURE at STAKE!
If you do the work at the opportune time, you get the reward for doing so.
Procrastination = Lost Opportunities
The same thing goes for implementing new ideas…
Well, let me tell you something –
By the time you do that, your competitor down the street may have already locked in your town…
And by then it will be too late.