Momentum How To Avoid Procrastination

AUDIO: 3 Things You Need to Know About Procrastination

by Greg Yates | Breakthrough Leadership

There are three things you need to know about procrastination. Procrastination seems to be a mystery to us all. We know what we want and we spend time figuring out the steps to get there. The only thing really in our way…is us.

So why do we procrastinate?

Let me tell you the three things I know about procrastination.

#1. It’s Predictable

You’ve heard the old saying; a body in motion tends to stay in motion. A body at rest tends to stay at rest. If you’re successful at convincing yourself to delay, it’s predictable that you’ll stay where you are. Even if you’re “getting ready to get ready.” The loops of our lives are well rehearsed and they will either keep us in motion or keep us where we are.

#2. It’s in Your Nature

Romans 8: 5-6,  “Those living according to the flesh have their minds on what the flesh desires. But those living in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.”

Now, maybe I lost you on this one, but I find it comforting to know it’s not just me. The bible says our nature is to default to what our flesh desires. Our flesh desires the things that please it. That’s why we resist things that create momentary discomfort, no matter how much we know we should do them. Our flesh wants to avoid struggle, suffering and make excuses to postpone, rationalize and retain our comfortable non-action.

#3. It’s the Enemy

They say good is the enemy of great. We don’t take action until it becomes more painful to avoid that action. It’s a sad truth but until you recognize that procrastination is your enemy, you’ll see it as a friend.

Confusing procrastination with pleasure is the greatest deceit in your life. Procrastination exchanges powerful, positive momentum toward success for a sense of momentary pleasure through doing nothing or perhaps doing something that serves as a placebo.

We postpone conversations we need to have.

We postpone work we know must be done.

We postpone physical disciplines which are the path to greatness.

Procrastination increases the distance between us and our goals while it buries us in excuses why the deck is stacked against us.

The reality is simple. We are creatures of momentum. Physically, mentally and spiritually we exist with a polarity of momentum that will carry us forward or lull us into deadly complacency.

You don’t have to conquer the world today, all you need to do is create small, incremental traction toward your Breakthrough.

Put something in motion today that will stay in motion. Momentum is the powerhouse that will streamline your lifestyle of Breakthrough.


Add your comments to the conversation: 

What is the BIGGEST thing you been procrastinating about lately? Examine how you have been spending your time recently. What has been lulling you into a pattern of procrastination?

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About Greg

Greg Yates has been a Chicago area businessman for over 30 years. He’s the author of the book, "Broken - How Being Broken Unlocked The Greatest Success of My Life". He has simultaneously owned 14 different businesses in a variety of industries; including real estate, manufacturing, payroll, and technology. Greg has also been an investor and a board member. He attended Olivet Nazarene University. He has a passion for flying. He’s had a pilot’s license for over 30 years and owned a variety of airplanes. Greg and his wife Vicki have been married over 37 years. They have a son, a daughter and seven grandchildren.

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