“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” – Napoleon Hill
Procrastination is the killer of all goals, dreams, and plans. There are many articles online, books, and other sources that discuss the problems associated with procrastination. The two primary reasons I procrastinate are fear and perfectionism.
When I fear to have to do something, like making an unpleasant phone call or having an unpleasant conversation, I procrastinate. When I am working on a large writing project or some other important goal, I procrastinate because I want it to be perfect.
The logic behind both of these reasons is absurd when you think about it. Feeling fear about an unpleasant phone call or conversation–get it over with. Perfectionism? What is my definition of perfect and how do I know that it will be perfect for someone else? The key to doing anything or make progress is simply to do it.
Weightlifting is a hobby of mind. It is more like a lifestyle. I enjoy working out. I enjoy going to the gym. It was not always this way, however. There have been times where I would just blow off the gym for weeks on end. What I discovered when I figured out that fitness was a lifestyle choice was simply to go to the gym, regardless of what I did. You know what happened? It got easier and I actually enjoyed going. In fact, I look forward to going to the gym.
There will always be internal resistance with anything you try. There will always be some fear, some perfectionism, something that will tell you internally, “hey, why don’t we think about this a little more, or why don’t we wait one more day so we can do this at this time instead?” That internal voice will make a shift when you begin seeing the benefits of your fitness choice. I imagine the same will be true for any other beneficial habit you attempt to bring into your life.
Until next time…