The Effects Of Procrastination
Posted by: Ronda Devereaux | March 27, 2014 | 6:22 pm
Procrastination, like all of your behaviours carries consequences. In Part 3 of my procrastination series, I want to take a look at some of the consequences of procrastination. Whether your behaviour is conscious or unconscious, you eventually have to deal with the effects. It’s only natural to procrastinate at times but, the way you deal with your procrastination patterns will determine what effects procrastination has on your life.
One of the most obvious effects of procrastination is the failure to reap the rewards that would come from taking action in the now.
When you procrastinate you usually fail to take action on the very things you know will bring you the rewards that you desire. Although you know what you want and even what you need to do to get it, you still have to take action and it’s usually at this point that the procrastination monster rears its ugly head.
Many times, the results that you want are often bigger and better than what you currently have. If this is the case then it makes sense that you must step outside your comfort zone to get it. You might have to take actions that your not comfortable with. Although the short term effects of procrastination might seem comfortable and positive the long term effects are almost always in the negative.
Taking action on your ideas and desires is one of your most empowering gifts. It is the process by which you can make the intangible tangible. Failing to take action won’t allow you to reap those rewards. Through your actions and behaviour you create your life or allow it to unfold in whatever direction it wants. It’s not only the direct results of your actions that creates your outcomes, but often the very fact that you are actually consciously affecting the conditions of your life. It not just your actions, but rather your failure to take action that will have a greater effect on the rewards you reap from life. From this point of view the effects of procrastination are not just a direct but also an indirect loss of rewards. Newtons Third Law states that For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Every action is a cause set in motion that affects and builds on past and future events to the point where we can never really determine the actual effect of one specific action. More than anything else, action opens you up to opportunity.
Opportunity is rarely the result of you waiting for it. When you put yourself in line with what you want most through your conscious actions you expose yourself to opportunity. It’s never a case of whether you have opportunities but rather are you noticing the opportunities? But even more importantly, are you using the opportunities or are you procrastinating? One thing is for certain, when procrastination becomes a habit you won’t even notice all the opportunities on your doorstep. You will live your life in distraction, constantly looking for short term gain to avoid the real challenges that will cause you to reap real results. You will always “turn a blind eye” to the real opportunities. Those who succeed are rarely the people with the most or the best opportunities. They are the people who saw an opportunity where no one else saw it and then they took action to realize it.
Out of all the negative effects of procrastination and indecision, the failure to spot and act on opportunity is probably the saddest. So many people with so much talent fail to live up to their true potential because of procrastination. The rewards you reap from life will be either be a direct or an indirect result of your actions or your inaction. Not only will procrastination prevent you from reaping the rewards, but your inaction will prevent you from even being exposed to opportunity. Opportunity is knocking, but you have to take action and at least open the door. Don’t let the effects of procrastination stand between what you are and what you can become. As the famous entrepreneur and businessman Victor Kiam once said: “Procrastination is opportunity’s assassin.”