Did you know that most expensive cost in today’s businesses is procrastination? Yes, that includes your home business.
The cost of procrastination is quite high. In fact, if you come up with excuse after excuse that prevents you from moving forward, it will cost you your dream, your goals, and the happiness you desire in your life.
Procrastination is avoidance. If you avoid doing those activities that will move you closer to building a successful business, then guess what? If you can’t guess, you should not read another word.
In our network marketing profession, we get paid for one thing really. That is, finding people to talk to. That’s it. We share information about our products, services and opportunity and then follow up.
If you have excuses as to why you don’t do this, the cost of procrastination is extremely high. Think about what you are not doing.
Procrastination is easy. Talking to people and building relationships is hard. We must push ourselves out of our comfort zones to do so. And if you are like many others, it’s easier to go back to reading your book, reviewing your training, or doing anything other than propecting.
Day after day, week after week, year after year. What is the cost of procrastination in your life and your business? Isn’t it time to get cracking?
The Cost of Procrastination is Ruining Your Business
When you procrastinate, you lose that time forever. That is time you could have used to do an income producing activity for your business. Instead, maybe you found a zillion other things to do.
I guarantee that if you are not yet successful, those activities you do are costing you in the long run.
During your time of procrastination, you may be doing activities that seem useful. Perhaps you are reading personal development or organizing your home office. But these things are not always important.
Important tasks are those that make money for your business. Imagine if you were a lawyer and never did any billable hour type of work? You would not be in business very long.
Think of your procrastination as non-billable hours that you can never get back.
Here is one of my favorite quotes from Jim Rohn:
The opposite of perseverance is procrastination. Perseverance means you never quit. Procrastination usually means you never get started, although the inability to finish something is also a form of procrastination.
Three Tips to Stop Procrastinating
Discipline – Just do it.
I am a very direct person so my advice is to just do it! Discipline is the key. It means doing something even when you don’t “feel” like it. I am a runner and I have some important goals for myself in this area. Over the last year, I’ve gone from a 15 minute mile, to an 8 minute mile. Do you think that took a lot of work? Of course it did.
This morning, I didn’t feel like running. So I put on my running clothes, laced up my shoes and out I went to run. There is no room for procrastination when you have a big goal! Discipline will get you there.
It’s the same with your business. If you don’t “feel” like it, then nothing gets done. What would have happened if I didn’t feel like writing my blog posts in 2009 and thereafter, that I still earn significant income from? I would not be where I am today.
What do you want in life?
What is important to you and what is the cost of procrastination in relation to those things? Write down your big goals and then make a list of activities to get you there. Make a list of things you really do that don’t get you there. Even if you the “get you there” activities are beyond your comfort zone, you must do them anyway. If not, maybe what you really want in life is “not much.”
Believe in yourself.
You can do anything you set your mind to. Maybe you feel like a failure. Failing is just another step towards success. Use if for learning. Remember, every little thing you do every day leads to something big over time. Surround yourself with people who believe in you too!
The cost of procrastination is way too high to ignore. Get moving in the direction of your dreams. Do those activities that will get you there.