Procastination is probably major cause of failure- agree?

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Will do it tommorow...

Tommorow i will be in a mood to do it...

It is a lot of work..


Do u agree?
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  • Profile picture of the author naruq
    Great Post! I agree with you. As the Nike Slogan says just do it!! You are going to make mistakes. You need to look for feedback and what you can learn from your mistakes.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Brian
    Yup, and because of that I will procrastinate later and work first!
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    • Originally Posted by Mark Brian View Post

      Yup, and because of that I will procrastinate later and work first!
      I won't even procrastinate later, I'll still be working on my goals and building up my business. But please, by all means, keep procrastinating .

      I agree 100% that procrastination is the MAIN reason why people either fail or do not even get started.

      Best of Luck to everyone!

      Go out there and work!
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  • Profile picture of the author ankur sharma
    You are damn right. Infact i am procrastinating right now. I am seriously afraid of writing salesletter for my product. I am really afraid. I am upset from past 3 days. I am in such a bad mood, coz i know i am afraid of writing salesletter.
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    • Profile picture of the author VanessaB
      Originally Posted by ankur sharma View Post

      You are damn right. Infact i am procrastinating right now. I am seriously afraid of writing salesletter for my product. I am really afraid. I am upset from past 3 days. I am in such a bad mood, coz i know i am afraid of writing salesletter.
      I don't about THE major cause of failure, but I'd say it's in the top 5.

      Ankur, your sales letter is not bad at all for the anxiety you have over it.
      So what if it's not 'perfect'? Next week, if you want, I'll Skype with you and help you make some 'small changes' for 'big results' on that copy.

      *Not 'believing' in yourself will cause more failure than anything else.:rolleyes:
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    • Profile picture of the author Wizardofwisdom
      Originally Posted by ankur sharma View Post

      You are damn right. Infact i am procrastinating right now. I am seriously afraid of writing salesletter for my product. I am really afraid. I am upset from past 3 days. I am in such a bad mood, coz i know i am afraid of writing salesletter.
      Hi Ankur,

      If you are interested in considering outsourcing writing your sales letter, PM me. I may be able to help - depends on the product, but if it's got a self help angle I can do a pretty good job.

      We could talk about terms, affiliate commissions or whatever, if we decide to work together. I'm pretty flexible.

      Hope that's useful.
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  • Profile picture of the author lstoops
    YES!! I have been really working on this lately. If you have razor sharp direction then it helps with procrastination. If you have not clearly defined what you need to do then you will procrastinate. So lately I've been giving myself clear cut directions and I haven't procrastinated much at all! But once you give yourself something to do then you have to be disciplined enough to follow through and do it. So self discipline is a factor as well.
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    • Profile picture of the author bay37
      Originally Posted by lstoops View Post

      YES!! I have been really working on this lately. If you have razor sharp direction then it helps with procrastination. If you have not clearly defined what you need to do then you will procrastinate. So lately I've been giving myself clear cut directions and I haven't procrastinated much at all! But once you give yourself something to do then you have to be disciplined enough to follow through and do it. So self discipline is a factor as well.
      Yeah. Focus, focus, focus... waaait, what?

      I stopped procrastinating when I realized that I've wasted over 4 years "learning" and not "doing". That was a bit scarry, so I started "doing".

      A month later I started seeing small results and then thought to myself - damn, had I been working this whole time (last four years) for at least 2 hours/day, I would be sitting on a ton of cash now. So I continued working.

      But to answer the OPs question - no idea how to "cure" procrastination. It kind of just happens, sooner or later.
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      • Profile picture of the author Shaunman
        Totally agree. I think the two biggest causes of failure are procrasttination and information overload.

        But as long as you keep working then you are going to be better off then if you keep procrasinating.
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  • Profile picture of the author relyonhim7
    The KEY is to take an INCH per day and make it out of an action. Procrastination is nothing but an unbelief, a Feeling of unworthiness. You Will Achieve Your Goals. You will Write That Newsletter.

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  • Profile picture of the author humbledmarket
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    Definitely, It's one of my biggest flaw that is restricting my success. The worse it that once you pick it up it's hard to lose it. I'll stop procrastinating...tomorrow
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  • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
    Procrastination isn't the cause (most of the time). It's the "symptom."

    Perhaps you were taught growing up that "wealthy" people are "greedy/bad/wrong/whatever." So you procrastinate as a way of maintaining that and protecting you from something that's incongruent to your belief system.

    Or perhaps it's something simple like good old fashioned fear of "success" or fear of "failure."

    Either way, taking action is ultimately the way to overcome all of this, including procrastination.

    Just do it. Sounds cliché, but when you literally just do it, it should give you a boost of motivation because you're on your way to becoming more successful and changing/disproving any limiting beliefs.

    Something I'm going to read is The Millionaire Mind, by T. Harv Eker. Check it out for yourself.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jonas Iri
    Procrastination equals not enough leverage. If you really wanted to get rich, I assure you would work your ass off every minute of the day.

    I believe in the quote that says "Successful people motivate themselves". They do not seek motivations to do something, they simply do it. ometimes they even neglect food or sleep to reach their goals.

    I believe there is a time in your life when you were so excited by something that you did it non stop, and even forgot about eating. THIS is the level of motivation you want to reach if you want to see real results.

    How to reach that? It's simple: just think of something you wish to have more than everything else. Why are you making money for? For a new car, for a new tv, for a better lifestyle, for a new house? Just imagine what you want and really make yourself wish that thing. It may even be success in IM or what you want most. If you visualized correctly, you would feel so motivated on moving your ass right now that you would close this forum here and there and start doing something productive.

    Just do that everytime you have a "down" and you are ready to go again in no time.
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    • Profile picture of the author ebiz1
      Originally Posted by Jonas Iri View Post

      Procrastination equals not enough leverage. If you really wanted to get rich, I assure you would work your ass off every minute of the day.

      I believe in the quote that says "Successful people motivate themselves". They do not seek motivations to do something, they simply do it. ometimes they even neglect food or sleep to reach their goals.

      I believe there is a time in your life when you were so excited by something that you did it non stop, and even forgot about eating. THIS is the level of motivation you want to reach if you want to see real results.

      How to reach that? It's simple: just think of something you wish to have more than everything else. Why are you making money for? For a new car, for a new tv, for a better lifestyle, for a new house? Just imagine what you want and really make yourself wish that thing. It may even be success in IM or what you want most. If you visualized correctly, you would feel so motivated on moving your ass right now that you would close this forum here and there and start doing something productive.

      Just do that everytime you have a "down" and you are ready to go again in no time.
      exactly what I wanted to say.....When I catch myself ''doing it'' I start with the most difficult task, thinking how good will I feel when accomplished!
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  • Profile picture of the author AjaTrinidad
    I'm actually not too hard on myself when it comes to procrastination. I've found that when I procrastinate, it's because I'm not interested in what it is I'm "supposed" to be doing. Usually, my procrastination leads me to do something else that I love, or come up with great ideas for my business. When I find that I'm procrastinating, I ask myself, "why don't I want to do this?"

    I usually come up with two answers.

    One: I'm not enjoying it or I don't see the benefit of doing it. (And if that's the case, I move on to something else)
    Two: I'm afraid. (For example, maybe I'll procrastinate writing an ebook because although I'd enjoy it, I'm afraid of the work to come after it's written, or perhaps feeling afraid of success)

    So I wouldn't be too hard about procrastinating. Instead of just forcing yourself to do the task, try to work out where the procrastination is coming from.
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    • Profile picture of the author The Wanderer
      Originally Posted by AjaTrinidad View Post

      I'm actually not too hard on myself when it comes to procrastination. I've found that when I procrastinate, it's because I'm not interested in what it is I'm "supposed" to be doing. Usually, my procrastination leads me to do something else that I love, or come up with great ideas for my business. When I find that I'm procrastinating, I ask myself, "why don't I want to do this?"
      I agree completely. I've saved myself from some serious mistakes by being a 'good' procrastinator. Thinking seriously about why you aren't doing something is important. Your subconscious may have identified a problem that your conscious mind isn't noticing or is brushing aside. Anyway, I don't know if 'beating yourself up' works for some people-- but it never has for me.

      I wrote a post some time ago about procrastination. It's here: Ten Reasons People Procrastinate If you're procrastinating on something, see if any of these reasons ring true for you.
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    • Profile picture of the author dhtw
      Worry over failure is probably the cause of procrastination - or unsure of the results it will bring.

      For me, I feel this is the major cause, especially so when you only have a limited budget to play with; so you wanted to hit a home run but yet at the same time afraid of losing.
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  • Profile picture of the author jjeeezy
    Definitely. I pulverized my high school grades because of procrastination...

    Sigh. Procrastinators unite...! tomorrow....
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  • Profile picture of the author Joe Benjamin
    It is. But there are 2 sides to the coin.

    Procrastination can stop you from doing something you
    don't really want to do anyway. That's the kind that
    will help you realize that what you think you want to do
    may not be in YOUR best interest.

    Than, there's the more COMMON type where it's all based
    on fear. Fear of failure. Fear of success. Fear of respon-
    sibility.

    I used to have all of those problems. And now I don't have
    any of them. I still have a few concerns and questions, but
    I'm no longer afraid of success -- nor failure. I just deal with
    it.

    I guess if I had a fear it would be this:

    Can I live with the decision I just made when I review my
    life's work when I reach the pearly gates? Or will I feel deep
    regret and sorrow for not having taken the opportunities I
    clearly had?

    After asking yourself those questions, you will take action
    and move boldly. And you'll be surprised how often you do
    succeed and enjoy life when you take steps into the un-
    known.
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    • Profile picture of the author webwriter
      I'm like a lot of people. I'm often tempted to procrastinate and give in to this temptation endlessly, it seems. But every time I'm tempted like that, I remember my mom saying, "S--- or get off the pot." In other words, stop focusing on deciding whether to put off doing something and just do it, or just forget about it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jayme43
    I completely agree. Procrasttination is one of the biggest cause of failure. . .

    It is better to keep working than being procastinated. . .
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    • Profile picture of the author Vogin
      Warriors, learn to say "I'll do it today" instead of "tomorrow", this is a particularly good trick when it's 5 minutes after midnight.
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  • Profile picture of the author Avonlee1983
    I agree! I find procrastination and lack of focus to be my worst enemies.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris1203
    I agree that procrastination is a big reason for failure and it's a habit that a lot of people fall into, unfortunately.
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  • Profile picture of the author NatureElf
    I can have a tendency to procrastinate. What I find that works for me is to make myself a schedule and to stick to it. If not, then I do procrastinate.
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    • Profile picture of the author Katharin
      Originally Posted by NatureElf View Post

      I can have a tendency to procrastinate. What I find that works for me is to make myself a schedule and to stick to it. If not, then I do procrastinate.
      This is a good idea if it actually works for you... but I've found myself even procrastinating schedule-following in the past.
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  • Profile picture of the author thetruth23
    I think the fear of failure is a cause for many to procrastinate in the first place.

    You can't fail without trying - or so people like to believe! So instead they 'bide their time', becuase usually no one has someone to keep them accountable for their actions. (We should keep ourselves accountable, but the majority are unable to for sustained periods of time. ie. long enough to be consistently progressing.)

    I think the fear of failure can be added to the top 5 causes of failure - although that makes it a bit of a paradox really! You're so scared to fail, that you do! Ouch - doesn't that suck! lol
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    • Profile picture of the author Katharin
      Originally Posted by thetruth23 View Post

      I think the fear of failure is a cause for many to procrastinate in the first place.
      That's a very good point... if we're afraid of something not working the way we expect it to work, there's more reason (in our mind) to put it off a little longer.
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  • Profile picture of the author Wizardofwisdom
    Procrastination is the result of a "fear trap."

    On the one hand, there's all your fears of not being good enough or of failing. (E.g. "The other IMers do it better/know more/who am I to ...?" "I've tried this so many times and it never worked" or "I know people who lost their shirt trying this ..." etc).

    On the other hand, there is actually fear of success. ("How would I cope with 10,000 hits a day?" What if people didn't like my work?" or whatever it is).

    So we get stuck.

    The antidote I use is to have adopted two beliefs, one from my great mentor, Tony Robbins, and the other from a brilliant writer, Susan Jeffers, famous for "Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway."

    Tony's belief is: "The past does not equal the future." Adopting this means that no matter how many times I've tried something that didn't work, that has nothing to do with this time around. I'll look, tweak, upgrade, or even try a different tack entirely, e.g. this is only the second time in my life I've put up a WSO, but it's another way to sell my writing, which is what I love to do. But giving up isn't an option with that belief.

    Susan's belief is: "No matter what happens, I'll handle it." To me, this says that life does not throw us challenges that are bigger than we are. Somewhere within me is the power to manage anything. I sometimes may need to summon that from a higher source, (give that whatever name you like), but always, always, the answers show up.

    Finally, I'd add this: Life with no challenges at all would not feel like much of a life.

    All of which leaves absolutely no room for procrastination. QED.
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  • Profile picture of the author allanlim
    There is no doubt about that.

    The sad thing is that tomorrow never seems to come.
    Before you know it, a week has passed. Then a month.
    Then a year.

    And you start wondering why you are not moving forward.
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  • Profile picture of the author djbventures
    MOST DEFINITELY! I have found, however, that people procrastinate for different reasons. Some because they just don't know which direction to take and others because they would rather watch TV. I think it is the number one killer of dreams, but it is so hard to tell someone.
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  • Profile picture of the author myeanne
    I definitely agree.

    Procrastination is one of the major reason why some people failed. Time is very important, it's really gold. Do the things you can do right now.
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  • Profile picture of the author clg21
    Originally Posted by priyankeshu View Post

    Will do it tommorow...

    Tommorow i will be in a mood to do it...

    It is a lot of work..


    Do u agree?
    I'll answer this post tomorrow! Oh wait... I already did! LOL!
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  • Profile picture of the author Darren L Carter
    I think procrastination is a big problem.

    But I think it is more of a symptom than a cause of failure.
    Procrastination is just a choice we make NOT to do something that we should/want to do.

    The real cause of failure is WHY we are making that choice in the first place. Mostly they are just BS excuses.

    One thing that helps me is identifying when I am just making up BS excuses and then pushing through it.

    Like you mentioned, thinking of Nike's slogan actually helps me a lot.

    Peace,
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    • Profile picture of the author romolo
      I totally agree with you,
      I am going through that right now and need to get unstuck,

      thanks for bringing it up
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  • Profile picture of the author priyankeshu
    Guys..

    Don't procastinate.. it can cost you EVERYTHING you HAVE!


    DO IT! That's Karma! There is no Law of attraction GONNA WORK WITHOUT the KARMA....
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  • Profile picture of the author techinik
    Procrastination is the reason why there are limited number of millionaires and billionaires in the world.
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    • Profile picture of the author ausmarketer
      You've got to develop a strong work ethic if you're going to succeed in Internet marketing.

      Procrastination is poisonous to the growth of your business and is generally the result of associating pain to doing a particular task (or set of tasks). You put it off even though you know that you 'need' to do it, even though you know that completing that task / action will bring about beneficial results.

      In these situations you either have lost sight of the 'reason why' you must succeed, or you haven't developed a compelling 'reason why' to begin with.

      In my experience a compelling 'reason why' carries within it the seeds of motivation.

      Any time you feel a bout of procrastination coming on try turning your focus toward the 'reason why' you must succeed and imagine the pleasure that achieving that success will bring to you and your loved ones.

      If your 'reason why' is compelling enough it will set you alight and burn that procrastination to dust. Taking the required action from that place is easy.

      Gotta keep them fires burning and unleash the unstoppable creative force that lies within!
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  • Profile picture of the author TE2
    Originally Posted by priyankeshu View Post

    Will do it tommorow...

    Tommorow i will be in a mood to do it...

    It is a lot of work..


    Do u agree?
    I think procrastination is a "symptom" or "indicator" of a problem not a cause.

    Take a look at this thread and my latest post in it for how I operate.

    http://www.warriorforum.com/mind-war...-consider.html

    Regards,

    John
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    • Profile picture of the author belgianguy
      Originally Posted by TE2 View Post

      I think procrastination is a "symptom" or "indicator" of a problem not a cause.

      Take a look at this thread and my latest post in it for how I operate.

      http://www.warriorforum.com/mind-war...-consider.html

      Regards,

      John
      My thoughts exactly! Procrastination is not a cause, it is a result of something else! Find what is causing you to procrastinate and change that.
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      • Profile picture of the author Katharin
        Originally Posted by belgianguy View Post

        My thoughts exactly! Procrastination is not a cause, it is a result of something else! Find what is causing you to procrastinate and change that.
        Good point... I actually think there are two kinds of procrastination... sometimes we make a conscious choice to put something off, and I assume that since we're in this thread, that's probably most likely here.

        *BUT* sometimes things like depression or ADD (adult ADD I mean) can also make things next to impossible to get done... it's like a cloud overhead at all times and doing something can be mentally painful. Just some food for thought there. It's too easy to think someone is "lazy" or doesn't care when it could actually be a medical issue that has become very common in the last decade.
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    • Profile picture of the author TimoK
      Originally Posted by TE2 View Post

      I think procrastination is a "symptom" or "indicator" of a problem not a cause.

      Take a look at this thread and my latest post in it for how I operate.

      http://www.warriorforum.com/mind-war...-consider.html

      Regards,

      John
      This is true! It may be the fear or just the fact that deep inside you are not motivated enough (you really don't want something that much after all), to take action.
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  • Profile picture of the author zenji
    Lolz...been there done that. Its weird how procastination holds many back!
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  • Profile picture of the author cainsproducts
    A very interesting video on procrastination

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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    Procrastination is rooted in indecision, which is rooted in fear.

    Move into action and your fears die. This causes an uncomfortable and sometimes downright hellish feeling but it's a necessary step if you hope to kill the habit of procrastination. Each moment spent being indecisive feeds your fears, each moment moving into action starves them.

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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Prior
    I think that there are different reasons for procrastination. One of them is lack of confidence or lack of certainty that a task or tasks are going to work.

    Suspect this is one of the reasons why there are so many how to courses and how to articles out there that people buy into.

    Far easier to buy the next magic button course than take a risk at actually doing something.

    Cheers

    Steve
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  • Profile picture of the author Caroline Lingard
    I agree with Ryan. Here's a good saying i've heard . . . if you're worrying about your business . . . you're not working on it.
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    • Profile picture of the author warnock
      I am learning a bit more about myself here. I like that because I am a soup sandwich. My focus is easily interrupted by anything. I think I am afraid I might miss something, so I go off on to that tangent, then I see the latest whizbang gadjet and meanwhile, I never get anything done. My problem is blocking out and staying on track until follow through.
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      • Profile picture of the author itzpaul
        I treat things that need to get done like going to the bathroom or eating or taking a shower.

        At times, I don't want to do none of these things but I know I have too, or else.

        Just stop slacking and suck it up and take care of business.
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      • Profile picture of the author David Ford
        Hi Bill

        Procrastination IS the Assination Of Motivation

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      • Completely agree! This is HUGE. It can make the difference between making it online and not making it at all.

        Better self-discipline and time-management is the KEY.
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      • Profile picture of the author MariusJ
        It took me 10 minutes to decide whether or not to reply to this topic.
        And another 10 to actually do it.
        Truth in jest - I guess that says it all.
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    • Profile picture of the author TE2
      As I stated several posts back, procrastination is an indicator of a problem. However, the problem is not the same for everyone.

      For some it is a lack of focus, for others it is lack of self-confidence, others it is lack of knowledge, others it is lack of goals/targets, yata-yata-yata...

      So how how do you fix your problem?

      I suggest:

      First, fix your mindset - Your mind determines your outcome. You get what you think whether consciously or subconsciously. Your mind will help you get what you believe. As the saying goes "what you believe is what you achieve".

      Your tools for this are: a) pure will-power b) self-help materials, and/or c) hypnosis. Use one or more to get your mind right. This is not optional. Until you fix this, you won't enjoy long-term success.

      Second, set goals and targets - You need to have clearly defined targets to shoot at and guide you. They are your purpose and direction. Without them you are just wandering from place to place or thing to thing. Sound familiar? Hint - you are a warrior who can;t seem to make any money despite all of WSO's you have bought, the time you spend reading this forum and buying the next latest greatest IM offering. When you have a clearly identified and achievable target, it makes all of your decisions much easier - they either advance you toward the target or they don't.

      Your tools for this are: a) a sheet of paper or a electronic document with your long and short term goals on it and b) post your goals in your primary workspace so you see them.


      Third, daily task list - your tactics or steps to hit your target. Your tools for this are: a) spreadsheet or sheet of paper with the recurring items you need to do everyday and the priority items you need to do once to move toward target or attain a goal. Prioritization is important. Do first things first. You know what I mean!


      Fourth, tracking - record your progress. Your tools for this are: a) chart or spreadsheet of the major and minor items you need to achieve and b) a pencil or mouse cursor to mark them off as you achieve them. don't skip this - record your progress. It is a powerful tool that will contribute to your success.

      I hope this helps you reach success.

      John
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      • Profile picture of the author Michael Newman
        Originally Posted by TE2 View Post

        As I stated several posts back, procrastination is an indicator of a problem. However, the problem is not the same for everyone.

        For some it is a lack of focus, for others it is lack of self-confidence, others it is lack of knowledge, others it is lack of goals/targets, yata-yata-yata...

        So how how do you fix your problem?

        I suggest:

        First, fix your mindset - Your mind determines your outcome. You get what you think whether consciously or subconsciously. Your mind will help you get what you believe. As the saying goes "what you believe is what you achieve".

        Your tools for this are: a) pure will-power b) self-help materials, and/or c) hypnosis. Use one or more to get your mind right. This is not optional. Until you fix this, you won't enjoy long-term success.

        Second, set goals and targets - You need to have clearly defined targets to shoot at and guide you. They are your purpose and direction. Without them you are just wandering from place to place or thing to thing. Sound familiar? Hint - you are a warrior who can;t seem to make any money despite all of WSO's you have bought, the time you spend reading this forum and buying the next latest greatest IM offering. When you have a clearly identified and achievable target, it makes all of your decisions much easier - they either advance you toward the target or they don't.

        Your tools for this are: a) a sheet of paper or a electronic document with your long and short term goals on it and b) post your goals in your primary workspace so you see them.


        Third, daily task list - your tactics or steps to hit your target. Your tools for this are: a) spreadsheet or sheet of paper with the recurring items you need to do everyday and the priority items you need to do once to move toward target or attain a goal. Prioritization is important. Do first things first. You know what I mean!


        Fourth, tracking - record your progress. Your tools for this are: a) chart or spreadsheet of the major and minor items you need to achieve and b) a pencil or mouse cursor to mark them off as you achieve them. don't skip this - record your progress. It is a powerful tool that will contribute to your success.

        I hope this helps you reach success.

        John

        Hello John,


        I think you struck at ''the solution''. I'm a workaholic -- I can work round the clock! I love working. Yet, there are times when I procrastinate. It's not just about having a better work ethic. It's not just about ''doing it''. It could be caused by myriad reasons. We need to spend more time becoming self-aware, to have honest, objective conversations with ourselves.

        When we're really clear about the root cause(s), it will be easier to craft a solution. Spend more time on your motivations. When we're really clarified and passionate about our pursuits...when we're really DRIVEN we'll become unstoppable.

        Michael
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  • Profile picture of the author direct_marketer
    Procrastination is a manifestation of the belief that an unsolvable problem exists.
    Simply stop believing that. No problem exists.
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    • Profile picture of the author jwpdad
      Originally Posted by direct_marketer View Post

      Procrastination is a manifestation of the belief that an unsolvable problem exists.
      Simply stop believing that.
      I realize this post was made several months ago now, but this is dead on the money for where I have been in my own journey to overcome fear and stop procrastinating. It seems like the mountain of challenges is so high that there is no point in going forward, even when the opportunities to excel are clearly right in front of my face. The best thing is to make a plan of action and stick to it, and see the small accomplishments in each day as building blocks for total success.
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  • Profile picture of the author biggsy
    I disagree... procrastination isn't the number one cause.... it's lack of life purpose that is. If you don't feel at one with the world nothing else would work out anyway..... procrastination is further up the chain. It all starts with clearing out your noggin and making room for life's energy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Pattaya
    procrastination can be a good thing, plent of guys in jail who wished they had thought for a little longer b4 acting.
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  • Profile picture of the author tj0575
    and being a PeRFectioNist...Used to be my issue. I always wanted everything to be perfect, before I would finish a project/or website...I kept saying "its not perfect yet" before long I had a laundry list of projects with none of them completed. Then one day I just decided I will fix the bugs as they arise, and make it better along the way. Best decision of my business life. like a previous poster said "do it the nike way" Just Do It!
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    I think I'll post something here later....lol
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    • Profile picture of the author paulgl
      Originally Posted by eshopgeek View Post

      I think I'll post something here later....lol
      Now that's funny!

      I saw a quote today on this subject:

      "Nobody ever plowed a field by turning it over in their mind."

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  • Profile picture of the author PeterDunin
    Procrastinators in my opinion are lifes biggest under achievers and are their own
    worst enemies!Why put off 'till tomorrow what you can do today.
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    I'll get back to you on that
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  • Profile picture of the author Harold Lindsey
    Some people say, especially in the making money arena; That procrastination is really the fear of success. People can always do unproductive endeavors without any problem. They can usually do the small task leading up to the main task that would actually make them money.

    Then just before they pull the trigger on the very thing that will send them to the next level, they find some way of sabotaging themselves with ways of procrastination.
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  • Profile picture of the author markling
    The biggest key to getting out of procrastination, is to start outsourcing. I know many of you can't afford to outsource, but when you can it's very important.

    I started outsourcing when I was making about $150 per week. I hired a student to write articles for me for $10 an hour for 10 hours a week. Soon after I hired another student to do more of the work that I didn't enjoy doing.

    If I hadn't done that, I know for a fact that there are a lot of tasks that I would not have been able to keep motivated to do myself. But heck it's so much easier to keep motivated when:

    1. Your business grows with or without you (ie from your outsourcers helping you)
    2. You only do the stuff you enjoy, outsource the rest

    Obviously you have to start as just you and outsourcing might not be affordable for many of you, but when it is, it is a way to get around the procrastination problem.

    Back when I started I hired students. Now you can use oDesk and hire virtual workers from the philippines for $3 an hour, times have changed. Some of you can work an extra few hours a week at your regular job and use that money to pay someone from oDesk to work for 10-20 hours a week for you.

    I hope this helps, all the best,
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    • Profile picture of the author Brianne
      Originally Posted by markling View Post

      The biggest key to getting out of procrastination, is to start outsourcing. I know many of you can't afford to outsource, but when you can it's very important.

      I started outsourcing when I was making about $150 per week. I hired a student to write articles for me for $10 an hour for 10 hours a week. Soon after I hired another student to do more of the work that I didn't enjoy doing.

      If I hadn't done that, I know for a fact that there are a lot of tasks that I would not have been able to keep motivated to do myself. But heck it's so much easier to keep motivated when:

      1. Your business grows with or without you (ie from your outsourcers helping you)
      2. You only do the stuff you enjoy, outsource the rest

      Obviously you have to start as just you and outsourcing might not be affordable for many of you, but when it is, it is a way to get around the procrastination problem.

      Back when I started I hired students. Now you can use oDesk and hire virtual workers from the philippines for $3 an hour, times have changed. Some of you can work an extra few hours a week at your regular job and use that money to pay someone from oDesk to work for 10-20 hours a week for you.

      I hope this helps, all the best,
      Mark

      Good advice. It certainly is true that a person will tend to be more productive with the work they are doing if it's something they enjoy. The more you dread doing the task, the more difficult it becomes to rationalize to yourself why it's something you need to do now--rather than put it off until later (or just completely dropping-the-ball all together).
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  • Profile picture of the author megalinktraffic
    I will reveal you a secret to success its nothing but

    "Procastinate to Procastination"

    do this and be amazed on your path to success
    all the best..
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  • Profile picture of the author affigative
    It is the major reason why only 15 of people succeed in making money online.
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  • Profile picture of the author source47
    For me, in the past, fear of failure has led to procrastination. Look at it this way, if I procrastinate and am never ready to 'launch my product' or whatever then in my head, I can still believe that I'll be successful someday. That mindset has led to procrastination when it comes to getting the really important things done.

    I am slowly changing this mindset into "if I don't try then I will fail even more miserably than if I put forth all of my efforts and hard work and it still isn't enough."

    Great post. It has got me thinking about my own problem with procrastination.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary Pettit
    Moods are fleeting, by nature. That is one of the first things I try to remember when my feelings for a project or task make me want to procrastinate. Quite often, just by starting the project finally, I "zen out"--that is, hit the zone and get into it--and then don't want to quit until it's done.
    Other times I break it up into little, manageable tasks that will result in the intended goal. Remember, how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
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  • Profile picture of the author madno
    procrastination is the symptom. the underlying cause? FEAR.
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  • Profile picture of the author Majckny
    If you don't know who Zusterke is, no worries. I've mentioned him on Spiritual Guidance before only in passing. Zusterke is a theorycrafter in the priest community, most commonly found working his math magic at PlusHeal.com or even occasionally here at WoW.com, in the comments of Spiritual Guidance. He's also got his own little site, Zusterke's Corner, where you can find lots of useful calculators for priests.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sahak77
    Have you guys heard of the 80/20 rule? This is a great way for Creative Procrastination 20% of the tasks are the most important and urgent tasks that you need to complete and then you can procrastinate on the other 80% of the tasks that have little to no importance such as making that call to a friend, having that coffee during work with coworker, reading the newspaper.
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    • Profile picture of the author DavidT12
      I have struggled with a feeling of being overwhelmed at times. There is so much to learn. So much to do. Where do I start?

      I believe that the answer is to decide on the fundamental things that you most need to do, and then determine to achieve one thing (or more if possible) each day.

      There is the old question: How do you eat an elephant? Answer: One bite at a time.

      Choose the tasty piece, and take that first bite today!
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  • Profile picture of the author Dave Matthews
    Sounds familiar, sometimes......fear, or overcoming it is the key.
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  • Profile picture of the author JustinDupre
    Procrastination is such a bad disease.. Nice discussion on how to focus and get back to work!
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  • Profile picture of the author Rodrigo Werner
    there is always the "AHHHH BUT I HAD TO DO THAT THING BEFORE THIS"....you gotta quit lying to yourself and DO IT!
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  • Profile picture of the author monkeynuts84
    Originally Posted by priyankeshu View Post

    Will do it tommorow...

    Tommorow i will be in a mood to do it...

    It is a lot of work..


    Do u agree?
    Yeah, we all know how to build links, get traffic, target social media, etc (well, hopefully we do) but it's always of case of 'what to do first?'.

    Just do it!
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  • Profile picture of the author Ethan Ooi
    yeah, procastination always is the sole factor stopping me to accomplish something...
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  • Profile picture of the author hodari
    It can be. One way to get over it is to simply do something. An example would be writing a 250 word article and putting it a article directory. A small step. But you have now at the minimum put some skin in the game.

    Or even better, whip out freemind and map out your game plan. Throw in some links on your points. The point is taking small baby steps.
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  • Profile picture of the author CoreyJohnson
    procrastination = #1 failure no doubt about it.
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  • Profile picture of the author baker.jones01
    Yeah perfectly said. I too agree that Procrastination not only lets you put off things for the next time, like putting off for tomorrow, but can also kill your goals and dreams, rendering them inactive.
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  • Profile picture of the author getthedeal
    Yes, I do agree procrastination is the major cause of failure. Many Times it happens that when we wake up in the morning, and all of sudden get a brilliant idea. we get excited and decide to execute it. However, in reality as the day passes by, we keep on deferring it to the point, the whole idea goes away.

    What a tragic end to such a brilliant idea. In my opinion money likes speed. To over come this, I suggest to take some kind of action on any idea. It could be as silly as jotting down the idea. This actually puts the momentum in the whole process.

    I hope the above suggestion helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author IMoptimizer
    I used to procrastinate all the time. I finally figured that I needed to get my work done first before I can do anything else. Saying you'll do it tomorrow only proves that you're lazy and don't feel like bothering at that point and time. Just schedule your time well and things will start to work out well.
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  • Profile picture of the author allenjbarger
    This is absolutely true! One of the best ways to overcome this temptation is to have a clear and concise plan, vision, and goals for what you about to undertake. You need a model, something to 'carbon copy' if I could use that term. Seek out the successful and duplicate their success.
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    • Profile picture of the author ldbjr
      Originally Posted by allenjbarger View Post

      This is absolutely true! One of the best ways to overcome this temptation is to have a clear and concise plan, vision, and goals for what you about to undertake. You need a model, something to 'carbon copy' if I could use that term. Seek out the successful and duplicate their success.
      I agree with this 100% and may I add the plan needs to be written down. The only way I overcame procrastination was with a plan I written down a week ahead of time of what I was going to do. Otherwise, I would get never get around doing what I needed to do.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sarah Bosen
    To answer the curing procrastination, its impossible.
    The best thing I do is to redirect my procrastination. Even if I change the way that I am currently thinking is one little step closer to getting myself to do what needs to get done.

    Well, I better stop procrastinating and get back to work.
    Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author paulie888
    I couldn't agree more. With procrastination, the key is to become more aware of when it's setting in, and making it a habit of doing what you're putting off right there and then (before you can even think about procrastinating!)
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  • Profile picture of the author Avesel
    You probably learned to procrastinate by being in the wrong environment:
    Did you go to a school that was too easy (e.g. you needed to study on a short period of time before you got your A+)
    Did you work at an unmotivating workplace (e.g. was there little opportunities therefore little incentive to work hard, were your colleagues lazy).

    If you are still in such an environment, leave for something better. You are getting younger. Yesterday is not coming back no matter how hard to beg.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Durham
    I was gonna procrastinate today... but I just put it off like everything else.
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  • Profile picture of the author tonio79
    Have we all just done that by reading this post.
    Amusing yes.....could we have done something else....yes.....
    Hang on...why am i typing thi...........
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  • Profile picture of the author Salisfelix
    Great post.
    Procrastination is indeed the major cause of failure.
    You tend to forget about some things that you couldn't do when you ought to do them.
    Why proscrastinate, get those things done now. Lol
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  • Profile picture of the author intelmarksetting
    I have been working on this lately. In case you've razor sharp direction then it helps with procrastination. In case you've not clearly defined what you require to do then you will procrastinate.
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  • Profile picture of the author snginnovations
    There's always an obstacle. To me it's usually the feeling that the task is a) difficult b) overwhelming c) scary

    In the end it's because the task has the appearance of being hard or unpleasant.

    So I tell myself: "I can easily do that"

    Change the mindset, change your life.
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  • Profile picture of the author kin_lau
    Procastination is some kind of fear. And that fear is holding us back for our success. actually you can ask youself what is the worse case if I take action. Let me make an example. Say you are procastinating to write your sales copy. There must be some fear behind your mind that holding you back.

    1) THen you ask, what if I already write my sale copy, that's the worse thing that could happen to me....
    Maybe you will asking youself, my sale copy sucks, got no respond, and actually have people complaining about my grammar.
    2) Keep asking yourself, so what is that mean. it means I'm a not good at my writing..
    3) asking yourself : SO WHAT?
    4) that means other people will know my weakness
    5) keep asking yourself : SO WHAT?
    6) until you found out you can actully accept the worse case.
    7) after that you'll find out what you worry about is not so hard to accept, and you fear was gone.
    8) then you can take action to do your sale copy.

    another way is repeat the phrase "DO IT NOW!" Think of the things you've been putthing off, then repeat " Do it Now!" once you start, you will find the task is actually not as bad as you thought. It works for me so many times. Hope this tip can inspire to work and enjoy the success that you deserve.
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    • Profile picture of the author paulie888
      Originally Posted by kin_lau View Post

      Procastination is some kind of fear. And that fear is holding us back for our success. actually you can ask youself what is the worse case if I take action. Let me make an example. Say you are procastinating to write your sales copy. There must be some fear behind your mind that holding you back.

      1) THen you ask, what if I already write my sale copy, that's the worse thing that could happen to me....
      Maybe you will asking youself, my sale copy sucks, got no respond, and actually have people complaining about my grammar.
      2) Keep asking yourself, so what is that mean. it means I'm a not good at my writing..
      3) asking yourself : SO WHAT?
      4) that means other people will know my weakness
      5) keep asking yourself : SO WHAT?
      6) until you found out you can actully accept the worse case.
      7) after that you'll find out what you worry about is not so hard to accept, and you fear was gone.
      8) then you can take action to do your sale copy.

      another way is repeat the phrase "DO IT NOW!" Think of the things you've been putthing off, then repeat " Do it Now!" once you start, you will find the task is actually not as bad as you thought. It works for me so many times. Hope this tip can inspire to work and enjoy the success that you deserve.
      So true, many times you only need to start doing the task, and you'll find that it wasn't anywhere near as difficult or intimidating as you had originally thought. In fact, worrying and procrastination often end up taking more time and energy than just doing something without overthinking it!

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  • Profile picture of the author dezchamps
    Procrastination can be cured, and the results are wonderful. Take it in small steps.
    Setup a chores/reward program for yourself.
    Make a schedule! Break up your least favorite tasks with things you enjoy doing (like reading this forum)
    At the end of your day, make a list of your goals for the next day.
    Procrastination affects us in places other than work too you know. I bet nearly everyone of you has a diet book or piece of exercise equipment that is gathering dust.
    Personally, I feel procrastination is a form of laziness, not because of fear.
    As a great man once said "Get 'er done"
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  • Profile picture of the author jsnfou
    Yes, procrastination and having too many ideas probably the biggest killers..
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  • Profile picture of the author Fred1
    I think that procrastination is a symptom of something deeper and bigger thats going on inside.

    Fear of failure, or what we may have been taught or have seen while growing up may be the root cause of procrastination. The challenge is getting to those root causes.
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  • Profile picture of the author Imwarriormarc
    Totally agree! You only really learn when you take action and make mistakes! Make an action plan or a to do list to avoid procrastinating. Or use the 'inevitability effect' - create things/events that will make your desired outcome inevitable. cheers.
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  • Profile picture of the author sufian991
    yes i agree with this
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    • Profile picture of the author Devid Farah
      Procrastination is the main reason many people don't succeed in life.

      I remember when i wasn't active in IM industry.

      I had always known that i had the flare for product creation and thinking out of the box to do old things in newer ways but i was wasting time thinking that one day will be right for me to start.

      This continued for two years till i took the bold step to start and the rest is now history.

      If you are reading this now and still believes that you have a major project you will start tomorrow, i want to tell you that the best time to begin such project is RIGHT NOW.
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  • Profile picture of the author jonyy
    Read "The Now Habit" by Neil Fiore.

    It's the only thing that helped me. It says not to schedule your work, but to schedule your play/free time!

    He also says that you should take action for just 30 minutes. That's it. After that you can do something you enjoy, take a break, whatever. Just do 30 minutes of work.
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  • Profile picture of the author tututod
    heh, the best form of procrastination is gathering more information. Never can stop reading those money makin guides.
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  • Profile picture of the author adrianwinston
    When you say I will do it later, do it now.
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      I believe in what you said.
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  • Profile picture of the author oldcat
    You are damn right. Infact i am procrastinating right now. I am seriously afraid of writing salesletter for my product
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  • Profile picture of the author stopper
    Definitely I feel rather tied today. Tomorrow is always a better day to do something. Infact it is still 24 hours intact
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  • Profile picture of the author BugHo
    One reason people procrastinate is when they say they have no knowledge or do not know how to do a particular thing. Just go and start doing something. You will begin to learn once you start working on it.
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  • So real! If you want to finish a job right away then do not procrastinate. If you are serious with what you are doing you won't even think of procrastinating.
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  • Profile picture of the author LisaAllen
    I agree! Studies of the most successful people have shown that they make decisions quickly, take action right away, and then stand by their decisions.
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  • Profile picture of the author chip22
    Yes, procrastination is a big contributor to failure.
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  • Profile picture of the author hyonglin
    Your lack of action will keep you at a stationary point. That's Newton's First Law, remember?
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  • Profile picture of the author soules9219
    6 hours is quite a substantial amount of time? anyone else tried this and can report with results, your view would be very valuable
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  • Profile picture of the author speedbird
    Yes I do agree that procrastination is a huge stumbling block to success.
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