Flip procrastination and fear to growth


Ok, ok, so I prefer ‘Do, or do not, there is no try”. However, though I aspire to be Yoda-like, sometimes my humanity takes the form of procrastination.

I don’t write every day for the daily posts here, I post every day. Big difference. I reserve time for writing. When I am in flow it is wonderful, sometimes sitting for hours and writing 4, 6, even as many as 8 posts at one time. Forgetting to eat, realising I’m sitting in the dark, totally in “Flow”.

The thing is, sometimes I get deep into procrastination too, even though I am well past the “30 days to make a habit” stage of daily posting. As the saying goes “why put something off today that you can put off until tomorrow”.

What is the secret to overcoming this with writing ? I’d say it has two elements :

  1. Commit
    • Make the commitment to write to a schedule. I chose daily as I knew it would help address the procrastination demons
  2. Pick a theme and a style
    • My theme here is generally Leadership, and my style is to observe something and then write about it with an application from my observation.

By committing and having a theme, I simply find that things come to me to write.

Today is was procrastination, so see what I did here ? Used my own procrastination to write a post. Win-win !

Oh, and the master work on procrastination is “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield.

Now, every challenge is an opportunity, and though I approached this book to support procrastination, it is full of thoughts and lessons that support our growth in many ways.

This quote speaks to me :

“Are you paralyzed with fear? That’s a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember one rule of thumb: the more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.”

Do your work, the world needs it.