Some call it procrastination when avoiding completing a project or remaining status quo because a decision can’t be made. Procrastination is an issue for many of us. I’ve been there.
Procrastination is defined in the Merriam Webster Dictionary as “putting off something that should be done.” The question is why do we procrastinate?
In my humble opinion, it’s fear of the unknown.
If we should choose to say, leave a job or give up doing something which causes stress, the problem could lie in being afraid of the consequences…unknown consequences which we imagine as painful.
Writers sometimes never reach the end of a manuscript because they are afraid of rejection or worse…gasp, bad reviews. Some fear finishing because they will have to start something new and they don’t have the faith they can repeat the process.
Fear can stop us from reaching our potential. Fear can keep us from stretching our boundaries and reaching a new level of happiness. Fear can invade every aspect of our lives if we allow it. Facing fear head-on with confidence can be daunting, but the more we allow fear to have control, the more fearful we become.
I’ve just finished writing the second book in a series, IN GOD’S TIME. Once it is published, I must begin the process of writing the third book. There is a blank storyboard on my left hand side. Can I honestly say there is no fear when I look over my shoulder?
Truthfully, it is daunting, but underlying the fear is the excitement of creating something new. If I don’t take the challenge, I’ll never know what wonderful story will emerge.
Fear is a four-letter-word and holds no power over us. Fear is created in the mind. Boot it out and dare to move forward. Great things are waiting.
“Fools are destroyed by their own complacency, but all who listen to me will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm.” Proverbs 1:32a – 33. (NLT)