We all procrastinate some times.

Often it is a matter of trying to put too many things to do on our list for one day.  And we choose those that we can quickly check off the list first – for me this is the

Atta-girl, look at all you got done today.

Of course, the hard things are often the easiest ones to avoid.  To procrastinate.  To make excuses.  To pretend like they somehow don’t apply to you and your life situation.

Do the hard things.

But reality always rears its head in the end.  And the truth about how ordinary people achieve immense happiness and incredible feats of success is that they step out of their comfort zones and do the hard things that their more educated, affluent, and qualified counterparts don’t have the courage, drive or determination to do.

So for your own sake, start taking action on the hard things TODAY.  I guarantee, you will be blown away at just how remarkable you really are and just how amazing life can be.

Get started.better looking back happily surpirised than wishing you had done something

Here are three key ideas to get you started:

1.  You need to take small chances every day. – It’s the best way to face any problem, crush every fear and overcome life’s greatest challenges.  And you get just about as many chances in life as you’re willing to take.  So never let your fear decide your future.  Take small chances every day, one step at a time.  Some will work out and some won’t.  But good choices or bad, if you never take these chances, someone else will build your life for you.  And you don’t want that.

2.  You need to walk the talk.Do not ask others or the universe to guide your footsteps if you’re not willing to move your feet.  If you really want it, prove it!  Happiness will come to you when it comes from you.  Success will be yours when you take responsibility for making your goals a top priority.  NO shortcuts.  NO quick fixes.  NO blaming others.  NO “I’ll do it tomorrows.”  NO MORE EXCUSES!  Just get started.  Quit talking and begin doing!  Laziness may appear attractive, but work leads to happiness.

3.  You need to refrain from feeling sorry for yourself. – If you’re hurting, I understand how rough things are right now.  I just want to let you know that things will get better, I promise.  Keep pushing forward.  I know you feel like nobody really cares, but you’re wrong.  People care.  I care; otherwise I wouldn’t be writing this.  This is a group effort.  We may be miles apart, but we’re all going through similar challenges.  Realize that self-pity is not helpful.  Life is not about feeling sorry for yourself.  It’s about forgiveness, acceptance and looking forward to what makes you stronger and better off in the long run.

Stop procrastinating and back on track

And of course, if you’re struggling with any of this, remind yourself that you are not alone.  Many of us are right there with you, working hard to feel better, think more clearly, and get our lives back on track.

Take charge.  Take a deep breath.  Smile.  And, Think Better!

Rev. Mari Gabrielson

Stop Procrastinating