Posted by: David D. Daggett | March 8, 2010

Procrastination

Procrastination

     “Procrastination” is the first in a series of performance inhibitors we will discuss over the next several weeks. These inhibitors impede performance which limits success, and ultimately satisfaction and fulfillment. Inhibitors affect productivity and performance athletically, professionally, and in all aspects of our lives.

Don’t put it off!

For those of us racing a summer Ironman it is time to starting lengthening the workouts. If we put it off, our performance will suffer. Failure to put in the work and effort will result in sub-par results, or even failure. We can’t put it off – it is time to build it up.

The most common characteristic of success is consistent hard work over an extended period of time. A famous college colleague of mine, Larry Bird, said “I’ve got a theory that if you give 100 percent all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end.” Consistent hard work does not procrastinate.

To procrastinate is to put off work and effort. Avoiding or delaying work is a performance inhibitor. It is an impediment to success and long-term fulfillment and satisfaction.

We tend to procrastinate on things we do not like to do. These sort of things need to get done, so we either need to find a way to like it, do something else, or find someone else to do it for us. Perhaps there are areas or tasks that we can trade with others that will limit procrastination.

Fear is a cause of procrastination. Fear can paralyze us from action and stop us from performing. However, if we look at fear logically we understand that inaction is actually scarier and has worse consequences.

Perfectionism can be a cause of procrastination. We have to realize that none of us are perfect and never will be. Perfectionism is a fear-based mental limiter that we need to control.

Procrastination can even be used as a method of power or control. However, this can never work long term because it takes away from a performance environment. There should be no repercussions for trying as long as the effort and the motive are positive.

Procrastination can be avoided in a safe environment. A nurturing environment of encouragement and support encourages work and effort while minimizing procrastination. A safe environment does not mean a non-challenging environment. Challenging, positive work conditions emphasize performance and naturally reduce procrastination.

Procrastination is a performance inhibitor. Successful athletes, individuals, organizations, and even law firms work individually and collectively to eliminate procrastination. Let’s move away from procrastination on our road to performance.

Don’t put it off,

David

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