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“You're not gonna do it later. You won't do it tomorrow. You gotta do it now.”
I posted that earlier this week on Facebook and it got a lot of attention, so it got me thinking about procrastination. We all do it. It’s rampant in our lives from a small scale–cleaning and taxes–all the way to a large scale, with important decisions, travel plans and business ideas. But why? And how do we get over ourselves and actually get shit done?
I can’t fully answer the first question, as I’m sure there is hard science behind how our brain is old and ancient coupled with the current state of society, but using my own experience, I believe it to be a combination of fear and laziness.
Over the past couple years, I’ve dug into stoic philosophy. The philosophy asserts life is inherently hard, obstacles are the way, and one should practice misfortune occasionally. An avoidance of pain (why we push things off) leads to an inability to cope with the unpredictability of the world. Calloused hands and scars help us prepare for the inevitable suffering we will all face throughout our lifetime.
In other words, the hard and uncomfortable things we admonish can be flipped and viewed as opportunities for growth and a way to strengthen our grip on life better. For example, fitness requires tremendous patience and sweat, but the true value is the many lessons we learn about ourselves throughout the process. We become a different person with our newfound confidence, belief, and esteem.
Life affords us with only two choices. We can either deal with “it” now or watch our problems get worse, as weight piles on, debt accrues, and things get harder. Too many choose the latter.
I find the best way to beat procrastination is to eliminate thinking and doing. When we’re in our head, we’re dead. The more we think, the less we do.
Go. Go. Go. The second I start talking myself out of going to the gym, I grab my keys and get into my car. As soon as I sense myself getting distracted from writing this blog, I glue my ass to the desk chair. When I thought about going to Costa Rica for my 30th birthday, I bought a ticket that very day.
What I like most about stoic philosophy is it’s built for execution, not debate. We talk way too fucking much. Words don’t mean crap, and far too many let their mouths outrun their actions. Remove “later” from your vocabulary.
Try taking all the “some day” and “maybe” things, and just do them.
The second I find my mind wavering because I’m scared of rejection, failure, change, criticism, or I’m just too tired and lazy, I try my damndest to do that very thing. The things we want to do the least are often the things we need to do the most. That’s where the growth is.
Reply back with something you can do this week that you've been putting off.
Just Do It.
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