4 Big Myths About Overcoming Procrastination
Myth #1 Procrastination Cannot Be Overcome
Procrastination simply means we put something off until a later time. But, since 26% of all Americans are chronic procrastinators and are debilitated by putting things off, the prevailing thought is that it is next to impossible to overcome. However, procrastination can be overcome by identifying its spiritual root cause and by implementing strategies that enable us to dig out from the past, manage the present, and enter into a future that is filled with the satisfaction of living a balanced life. Unfortunately, many people do not opt to shift the procrastination paradigm because it requires confrontation of some difficult internal or external things. Additionally, shifting the paradigm seems impossible because many people, at a very early age, were not taught effective strategies that enable us to simultaneously and efficiently live life in every area of life. As a result, people go through life frustrated and all but give up on making the shift because desires continually don’t get accomplished. But, that doesn’t mean that procrastination cannot be defeated. It certainly can.
Myth #2 Procrastinators are Just Lazy
Another big myth about procrastination is that procrastinators are just lazy. However, we are not. Procrastination is a symptom of other things that loom deep down inside of our souls. Fear, worry and shame are a few of the most prevalent culprits that keep us from moving forward even though there are other culprits. In other words, most who procrastinate do so because of ongoing internal struggles or lack of strategy but not because we choose to be lazy. Nevertheless, we can choose to not procrastinate even if that choice is difficult and requires some deep digging and heavy lifting.
Myth #3 Procrastination Is Only an Emotional/Psychological Problem
Procrastination, on one level, is an emotional/psychological problem. We know this because volumes of books have been written in order to treat procrastination from a clinical perspective. However, in order for procrastination to be completely overcome, it must be attacked on a deeper spiritual level. The underlying spiritual root cause of procrastination must be addressed in order for it to be completely overcome. For example, fear, worry and shame are emotional/psychological issues that cause people to procrastinate but because they are also spiritual issues, many people are not successful in defeating procrastination because they don’t go deep enough to address the spiritual root cause of the problem. In order to defeat and overcome a spiritual issue, we must utilize spiritual weapons. Such weapons are found in The Bible. For instance, according to Strong’s Concordance, slothfulness is mentioned 17 times; slackness is mentioned 9 times; sluggard is mentioned 6 times; diligent/diligence is mentioned 57 times; and there are many more references and inferences that address the importance of taking action. Evidently, God is concerned about our condition and has provided many strategies and insights that help us to overcome procrastination on a much deeper spiritual level. Perhaps, dealing with the issue on this level is the missing link to having success in overcoming procrastination however very few have attempted to address the issue from a spiritual perspective until now. We can Overcome Procrastination God’s Way.
Myth #4 Keeping a “To Do List” is The Best Practical Strategy to Overcome Procrastination
While having a “to do list” is important, it is not the best or only strategy needed to overcome procrastination. Usually, a “to do list” covers the things that we currently have going on but does not provide a strategy to simultaneously dig out from the past, manage the present while pursuing the future. As a result, a “to do list” at best maintains the status quo but does not help us to shift the procrastination paradigm that takes us from living painfully in the present to living presently yet progressively and productively in the future. Also, “to do lists” usually do not take into account the fact we have at least 7 areas of desire in life that compete for our time, attention and energy. However, God provides us with Biblical wisdom which helps us shift the procrastination paradigm from slack to no lack by breaking down the 7 areas of life into 7 achievable steps that can be achieved over a course of 7 months. The 777 plan is not hard to understand nor is it hard to implement but it does take some effort and continued maintenance.