Procrastination…..A big word. But what is it? A word that everyone has come across at some stage in there life. Its meaning…..“The action of delaying or postponing something”.
Does that word and meaning sound like something that has happened to you. Well it certainly has happened to me.
Why is it that people Procrastinate over trying something new or moving forward?
One of the reasons might include the feeling of failure in trying or in turn when you try you will fail. Same thing….. Is it because when you take that next step you become scared….or you are scared to take the next step. Same thing.
Take a really good example from me. I have procrastinated for a very long time on when and how to start to start a blog. (20 years ago it was a book) My friends have heard (and rolled their eyes ) for the past 20 years that I was going to write and publish books, because I have always said, and still say ‘there is a book in everyone’. Seven years ago I got close and with the help of work colleagues co-wrote and published a booklet which I found very enjoyable. (How to help children of Parents with Mental Health Issues In the Rockingham Region.W.A) It was however written with a group of differing agencies and we were governed by what we could publish. This said – I found the process quite easy.
Starting a Blog via the Internet was an awe inspiring idea, that I continued to procrastinate over. I am one of the least intelligent people to access and utilize the net and a computer .(just ask my friends). My minimal knowledge on the “How To” use the internet drove me to borrow my friends brains and instead of me learning myself, much to my current dismay- I just kept giving my ideas away and let them do it for me. And in turn I never sat down and learnt it myself. I was always scared that I was going to muck it up, go too slow, do it wrong or worse – break it. This I am learning is harder to do than I thought. The worst I can do is to misspell something. So What. And the simple learning Curve is, that I can only get better.
Well frankly, I decided to stop Procrastinating…. and Start.
I decided to brainstorm ideas of what I seriously would like to do, then carried a notebook around with me for a couple of months to write down ideas. I wrote the Pros and Cons of writing and where I wanted it to end up. If it never got read would I be sad. Well…Yes! But for now I am happy to continue with the fact that I can write. It does feel right! and that this is what I feel I have always wanted to do. Some of my notebook of ideas will flow through my future Blogs. It also becomes clearer where to steer and how to shape the Blog as time continues. Small Ideas can and will become big Ideas. Having Confidence in myself is enough for me to understand that it dosent always have to please everyone else, just me.