Monday, March 21, 2011

PROCRASTINATION: a big step towards failure

Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task. ~William James

To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing. ~Eva Young

A year from now you may wish you had started today. ~Karen Lamb

When it comes to daily exercise one of the biggest road blocks is PROCRASTINATION. Saying, "I'll do it later today" or "I'll workout tomorrow instead" is sure way to not workout today or exercise tommorrow.

Martin Luther said, "After adequately thinking over a matter, people should follow through with their intentions quickly and bring it to pass without delay." Bonaventure said, "Those who pass up great opportunities will be passed over themselves." Both statements are true. The longer you "consider" working out, pondering it, weighing the pros and cons, the more likely you are to not do it.

The brain is a powerful thing and it is a master at tricking us into believing we will have better resolve an few hours from now. The truth is however, that our resolve or determination does not grow over time when we do nothing, instead it weakens. The only way to strengthen your determination or resolve is to ACT NOW! Consistent immediate action is habit forming, and good habits are the key to battling procrastination.

So, don't procrastinate when it comes to exercise this week. Do it earlier rather than later. Don't let your brain trick you into beliving you'll squeeze it in at another time. Do it NOW! Enough time of doing that and I promise it will become a habit and you will no longer have to go through the daily internal battle of "should I or shouldn't I?"

1 comment:

  1. Great quotes and such good advice! Sometimes I do put it off thinking the weather will clear up and sometimes I'm right and other times I wished I'd have just gotten it over and done with early that morning!