I am a notorious procrastinator. It is a sign of my intelligence, or at least that is what I’ve decided to believe. I don’t even know if anyone knows I’m notorious, which I guess is the definition of notoriety. Maybe I’m not well known for it. But I do it. You do, too.
So let’s get it out of the way, then, shall we? Maybe a quick run-down of procrastination habits will help get it out of the way and we can return to being productive. Of course, there is social media. If I don’t like, share, and comment on at least a dozen posts several times a day, people will think I’m dead. And then of course, I must overshare how my day is going, what my kid did, the picture of the food I created, maybe some pictures of my family at their absolute best. I probably need to read a book, some articles, and watch some TV before I do any work. I am so multi-talented, I should probably find time to practice guitar, and you know what, I have a regular job I should probably be getting to, so all that procrastination has led to zero productivity.
I have no time. This is one of the biggest reasons we never get started on the dream project. If you’re like me, you think of time in hour increments. If I don’t have a spare hour, I don’t even think about getting to the gym, sitting down to write, or anything else on my coulda-shoulda-woulda list. But I think if we can get comfortable with 5 minute increments, we can get in the habit of taking advantage of those discrete intervals and setting mini-goals that are attainable in that time frame.
A goal or purpose should consume you and fill your mind with a determination. I think in many cases, this purpose must be manufactured and built slowly, like a setting a fire in a rain forest. It can be done, but you have to be meticulous and intentional about building the right environment for success to thrive.
BHAG. Our BNI area director, James Barber, talks about having a Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG). And I’m going to borrow that term and call it my Sasquatch (Scary Audacious Super Quest Universe at the Crap Handler…okay I’m still working on my acronym). Maybe yeti would be shorter. I’m trying to think of something big and hairy to tie to the BHAG. But anyway, you have to come up with something larger than life, something that requires a naivete or foolishness, a confidence, to say that you’re going to do. It’s not bragging, because you haven’t done it yet, but if you say it and you can continue to say it until it consumes your every thought and continues to daily motivate you to make progress toward that goal, then that is what matters.
It’s not enough to say what you want, you have to say what you are, what you will accomplish. There can be no doubt in the statement. You must say it loud and proud.
“I am going to be an international bestselling fantasy and scifi writer whose books change hearts and minds through the clever humor and mystery contained therein.”
There you go. Let’s do this!
Or…maybe it can wait…