10 Reasons Why We Procrastinate — And Why It Doesn’t Matter

Procrastination

I was doing some research recently on the challenge of getting stuff done, when I came across all these articles and books filled with information on why we don’t get things done. I found 10 reasons why we procrastinate, and after reviewing them, I came to the conclusion that it really doesn’t matter at all. Reasons to Procrastinate

On the surface this may seem life a defeatist attitude for sure, but stick with me a bit as we dig a little deeper into this. I think you will be surprised at what we uncover.

A Few Reasons to Delay

To get things started here, let me go over some of the findings I discovered in my research. This will give us a better idea of how procrastination is viewed.

The first reason is fear. Actually there are two reasons here as we have the fear of success as well as the fear of failure. Third, we have the resistance factor. Fourth is a lack of any inspiration to move forward. Fifth, we have lack of confidence. For number six we can include no sustained interest in the project or endeavor.

All these reasons seem sufficient to keep us stuck in place for quite some time, but let’s go ahead and add a few more. Lets see now, where were we? Oh yes, number seven. For that, let’s mention not wanting to start until it is the perfect time when all things line up just right. For folks like this, let’s also include the planets being in such-and-such alignment as well. It may take a few thousand years for that to happen, but that’s okay.

Lets move on to number eight. Here we find our lack of discipline or of self-control kicking in. How can we expect to do anything when we can’t focus on something for more than a few seconds. Number nine brings us to being blown away by the magnitude of our task. Now let’s finish up with number ten with a lack of time. Actually, I can go on and on with this, but I think ten is sufficient to make my point that it really doesn’t matter anyway.

This reminds me of a time many years ago when a dear friend said to me, “Joe, when you need an excuse anyone will do. You don’t have to get fancy about it”. Oh so very true.

Where Do We Go From Here?

Now that we have outlined a few of the more common reasons why we have such a challenge in moving forward and making progress, what should we do about it? There is plenty of info online in articles and books to keep us busy for years trying to figure this stuff out, and hopefully get some better results.

Every positive thinking or self development type book or program will emphasize how we have so much potential which we are not tapping. We are also reminded of how little of our grey matter we actually employ in our day-to-day activities. But if we were to interview any of these success gurus, and ask them to give us an honest assessment of what percentage of people actually apply what is taught and make viable changes in their lives, the number would be pitifully low.

How can this be with all of this great knowledge being conveyed with the expectation of improved circumstances and greater success in all areas of our lives? Well stick with me a bit more, and we will see how deep this rabbit hole actually goes. One thing for sure, we will finally realize that there are one or more critical pieces missing from this Success Recipe.

Noticing What We Have Missed

The funny thing about beliefs is that they make perfect sense to us as we have the proof of our experiences, but they also act as “blinders” to other things which are actually right there for us to view and utilize to our advantage. This person had a good take on this.

“I assess the power of a will by how much resistance, pain, torture it endures and knows how to turn to its advantage.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

There is a tremendous amount of wisdom in these words for a number of reasons. And these reasons, unlike the other ones that we just mentioned about procrastinating, offer the key to our freedom from worry, stress, fear, and any lack which we may be experiencing. Lets proceed.

The power of our will is our ability to decide. Everything we have and are currently experiencing is a direct result of decisions which we have previously made. These decisions result in the out picturing of our current reality. Since we see it, we obviously believe it.

Since there are certain laws in place which govern all this stuff, just like the gravity thing on the physical level, it pays for us to be in alignment and harmony with these laws in order to maximize our desired results. In order to become aware of all the opportunity which we are missing because of our impaired vision, we have to find a way to remove those blinders so we can see clearly.

Now this is more easily said than done, not because it is complicated or hard to do, but because of its utter simplicity, and the fact that it is challenging our entrenched view of life. We much rather be right and than be happy. Giving up our security blanket of our cherished beliefs is not something we are going to do easily. In fact, we will totally resist any help, and even be rather belligerent toward those offering it.

If we are totally honest with ourselves, we can find many examples in our past when this was so. It is now time to not only increase our awareness of what is going on, but to actually do something about it so that we can break free from our current paradigm of settling for less than we truly desire.

Lets “Undo” Some Stuff Next Step

As we get further into this it will become absolutely clear that procrastination is not the issue at all. We can spend years trying to overcome all the reasons why we think we procrastinate, and not get anywhere at all. We are not afraid of uncertainty or any of the other reasons that are commonly attributed to procrastination. We are actually afraid of “certainty” and all that entails.

We have spent so much time, unconsciously for sure because we could not act this insane if we were aware of what we were doing, denying our power and who we truly Are, that we actually now believe it. We are lost within a web of illusions which we actually created ourselves.

The good news is that there is a way out. The bad news is we may not want to take it. Since this is the case, we may have to spend some time convincing ourselves it’s okay, and that we can let go of some of our cherished beliefs about how we imagine things are. When we are willing to do this, procrastination is not only NOT an issue, but we have just empowered ourselves to make the decision for Love over Fear.

At this point, when we feel any resistance to do anything which we want to do, we just let go and allow it to be. By not doing anything, what we will immediately experience is an inner drive and motivation to get going and get it done. This feeling will only increase until we take some action. At some point we will feel like we don’t have any other choice than to proceed. Now this will only works if this is a True Desire based on legitimate premises of improving our lives and the lives of others. Otherwise, the resistance will stay in place, and that is actually a good thing. It is protecting us from ourselves, and our faulty thinking. This is the positive aspect of procrastination. So procrastination either helps us out or is not an issue at all.

Discovering Who We Really Are

At some point we realize that things are “Good Already” and there is nowhere to Go and Nothing to Get. We have it All right this moment because of Who We Are. Our Beingness is what allows us to Have as long as we do not get in the way. Life at this point takes on a flow, and we are no longer afraid of the certainty of our Power and our True Self.

This is a process of discovery, but it is really not a journey at all. All that We Are exists this very moment just waiting on our awareness to kick in. We just bought into a few false ideas about ourselves and the world along the way, and once we undo a few things, it will be apparent that procrastination is not the issue at all. It is just a symptom of our Fear of Self Discovery.

In any event, we are here to make a difference, and we have the power to do that right this very moment. Lets now let go of some of the baggage and proceed on our way unfettered and free.

The Bottom Line

The critical component to making progress has nothing to do with procrastination or any of the numerous reasons for it. It goes much deeper in that we must confront some issues which we have been avoiding for quite some time. It is a matter of both forgetting and remembering.

First, we must forget all the nonsense beliefs and ideas which we picked up, and which are now running our lives in a chaotic fashion. On the other side, we must also let go so that we can remember who we really Are, and then act from that new vision of reality. Otherwise, we are just playing around with illusions and wondering why we are not making progress.

The one thing to keep in mind is that when we are in alignment with what we truly desire and know that it is beneficial for us and others, we will be naturally inspired to move forward. No matter how much we resist, we cannot stop from taking action. That is the ongoing test as to whether we are pursuing goals which are right for us or not.

I look forward to your progress and hearing about your thoughts in the comment section. All the Best.

Joseph

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12 Replies to “10 Reasons Why We Procrastinate — And Why It Doesn’t Matter”

  1. This is a really interesting discussion on procrastination. I hadn’t really given much thought to all the reasons that we will come up to delay things. I find that it’s helpful to get some momentum going, as it often seems much easier to continue with progress than to up and start something entirely new. 

    Getting into a good flow of work makes everything seem effortless and time spent on projects just flies right by!

  2. You’ve made some great points about why we procrastinate. I am such a procrastinator. But a few years ago, I read “Eat That Frog!” by Brian Tracy and it really helped. I now try to do the biggest, most unpleasant, most important task first. 

    We definitely also have to get to know ourselves and make conscious decisions to move ourselves into a better position. 

  3. You have nailed it with your 10 reasons why we procrastinate and why it doesn’t matter article. I am one with all the top ten you listed. I do need to remove the blinders to see what really is there. I see this in everyone in the world as I tend to travel a lot. Reading you article has made me understand why people do what they do. I am all for the Love over Fear decision, I question myself as why am I here and I need to let go of the baggage and live free. This article is great it opened my eyes to things holding myself back and you gave me great ways to fix myself. Thank you

    1. You’re welcome Zack. It is really startling to discover how much we miss which is right in front of us with those blinders on. All the Best to You and thanks so much for your comments and insights.

  4. I think you’ve hit the nail right on the head.  These are quite possibly the top 10 reasons why we procrastinate.  Sadly i know that i’m guilty of a few of these.  Particularly the fear of failure and being reluctant to start anything until i believe everything is perfectly lined up for success.

    Your post just reminded me of this procrastination problem that i have.  Thanks for putting it together.

  5. Comfort zone is a dream killer and in this zone, you will find fear, laziness, no inspiration and so on, it is always safe doing nothing but this will only cause life to pass us by with nothing to show. When we get out of our comfort zone it hurts but that’s a good position to be in because it is when we come out of our comfort zone that we start to grow.

  6. Hi Joseph

    I love this article, so much truth in it. I am guilty of every one of the items on your list. What helps me is to “keep the end in mind”. That is my vision of the life I desire and am creating. If I stay focused on that, I manage to quell the fear and override the need for perfection.

    Thank you for another valuable share.

    Blessings always
    Louise

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