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Procrastination – anxiety in action. The brain’s version of two feet fumbling at the edge of a cliff, refusing to just bungeeeeeeee…
The difference between good and great is that good procrastinates and gets there eventually, whereas great is already one step ahead, having missed the procrastination stage.
The worst that can happen is that you could trap yourself in a spiral of negative thinking and unproductive worry!
This means that you are in control of how you feel today. It means that the insurmountable mountain is actually not that steep.
It means that all of the barriers on your path only seem so high because you are hunkering down.
It means that all of the monsters on your quest are infamous only because other people are so afraid of them.
I think procrastination is a form of enchantment – only, in the negative sense of overestimating threat. I suppose dread and fear is as much a part of the imagination as anything!
But it is not a part of the imagination we want to allow to rule our lives.
To ‘not do’ is not the safe option. To ‘not do’ is how phobias and disorders develop, and once they do, it is not easy to reverse them (believe me, I am in the middle of one).
If only I had done this, if only I had done that – also not useful. Procrastination. What has been is not necessarily what will be. And who can tell where each path would have led, or what you would be now if you had done what.
What you have before you is what you can mould the most. Your destiny is undeniably a continuous thing which cannot be altered easily, as is your character. But the small steps you can make to begin changing that destiny – they can happen anytime.
And once you start winning and changing, the results are exponential. Find something you can feasibly achieve, and feasibly achieve it.
Procrastination – the product of too much intellect and not enough feeling. Get out of your mind for a moment, and back into the whole of yourself…
There is a world to explore
There are unjust systems to deconstruct
There is your novel to write
There is love to be found
There is music to be played
There are seeds to be planted
There is climate destruction to be undone
There is a Trump to be dethroned
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