The opposite of perseverance is procrastination. Perseverance means the you NEVER quit! Procrastination usually means that you do not get started, although the inability to follow through and finish something is also a form of procrastination.
If you ask people why they procrastinate they’ll say “I am a perfectionist, I have to be in the right mood, I cannot work when I have a headache”, etc.. The other end of procrastination - not being able to finish - also has a perfectionist explanation: “I’m my worst critic, I am never satisfied”, etc.
Do you see the problem with this thinking? A fault is being turned into a virtue. The perfectionist is saying that their standards are just too high for this world. This is a relatively “high and mighty” kind of excuse making. The basis of perfectionism is actually fear of failure. Being paralyzed by fear, whether it be never starting or never finishing. You are still stuck. You are still going nowhere and not moving forward. You are still overwhelmed by what is in front of you. You are still allowing yourself to be dominated by a negative vision of the future, where you see yourself as being laughed at, criticized or judged.
You beat procrastination by using two very powerful principles that foster productivity and perseverance, instead of procrastination. No matter what you are trying to accomplish, the key is your ability to break down the task into manageable pieces, whether it is painting a room in your house, writing a book or designing your website for your new business. Focus on accomplishing what is right in front of you. When people start to look too far out in front of them, many automatically go into a negative mode.
Discipline yourself to look neither forward or backward and you can do things you never thought possible, It all begins with three simple words- BREAK IT DOWN!!...WRITE IT DOWN.
The writing you do for beating procrastination is similar to goal setting.
Instead of focusing on the future, you will be writing about the present just as you experience each and every day. You are going to describe what you actually do with your time and you are going to record all of the places you actually go.
The great thing about a “time diary” is that it brings all the detours, distractions and time wasters you engage in during your day to light. It forces you to see what you are doing and what you are NOT doing! Make an entry in your time diary every 30 minutes or so and do it for at least one to two weeks.
Break it down! Write it down! These are very powerful and effective productivity techniques.
This is how you BEAT procrastination! This is how you GET STARTED!!
Remember, you only have one, so ROCK THIS LIFE NOW!!