I’ve had to give myself a talking to about procrastination and it made me think about a poem by Denis Waitley – I’ve added it below.
Are you living on Someday Isle?
Someday I’ll ……..
- Start that business.
- Make that call.
- Go out networking.
- Eat more healthily.
- Get fit.
I guess you can fill in the blanks with whatever you keep putting off.
How can we stop sabotaging our lives and deferring things that can make it so much better? How can we motivate ourselves to be our best and do what we need to do?
In Tony Robins “Get the Edge” programme he suggests having an hour of power every morning – now I know this is difficult when you have children to organise in the morning but if something is important enough to you, you will find a way – get up an hour earlier for example!
In your hour of power you should: exercise for at least 30 minutes – get moving and get some happy hormones into your body. Read at least 10 pages of a good book; listen to an audio programme; meditate. Some of these you can do simultaneously like listening and exercising so no excuses! This hour will soon motivate you to take action and change the things in your life you aren’t happy with! It will help get you moving on the other things you want to do.
The most successful people I know are those who really needed to change their lives – they couldn’t pay their rent; they hated their job; their health pushed them into a training programme; they wanted to continue something they were passionate about but needed an income to allow them to do that, etc.
If the pain in your life is bad enough you will find the drive to take action. So write down the full details of your problem to make you feel really uncomfortable and then start a BIG plan to do what you need to do. Set small actions by chunking the task down. Reward yourself at various stages to help you keep going. Enjoy the journey as the poem says “It’s the journey that means as much as the destination”. Make yourself happy and if what you’re doing isn’t making you happy your plan should be to change and do something else!
Brian Tracey author of “Eat that Frog” – a great book about procrastination also talks about “Someday Isle” – See picture below…….
And as many motivational speakers have said: “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift; that’s why we call it the present.”
So grasp this opportunity and get yourself prepared, be the best you can be and plan how you will begin your progress!
“Someday Isle” by Denis Waitley
There is an island fantasy
A “Someday I’ll” we’ll never see
When recession stops, inflation ceases
Our Mortgage is paid, our pay increases
That Someday Isle where problems end
Where every piece of mail is from a friend
Where the children are sweet, already grown
Where all the nations can go it alone
Where we all retire at forty-one
Playing Football in the island sun
Most unhappy people look to tomorrow
To erase this day’s hardship and sorrow
They put happiness on lay-away
And struggle through a blue today
But happiness cannot be sought
It can’t be earned, it can’t be bought
Life’s most important revelation
It’s the journey that means as much as the destination
Happiness is where you are right now,
Pushing a pencil or pushing a plough
It’s knocking on doors and making your calls
It’s getting back up after your falls
It’s going to school or standing in line
Tasting defeat, tasting the wine
If you live in the past you become senile
If you live in the future you’re on Someday I’ll
The fear of results is procrastination
The joy of today is a celebration
You can save, you can slave, trudging mile after mile
But you’ll never set foot on your “Someday I’ll”
When you’ve paid all your dues and put in your time
Out of nowhere comes another Mt. Everest to climb
I have decided Today to make it my Vow
To take Someday I’ll and make it NOW.”
Jill is in network marketing and when first introduced to this profession, after leaving her career with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, really didn’t think it was something she would do. However, after educating herself on what network marketing was she realised it would fit beautifully around her family and replace the income she had given up.
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