Procrastination is your enemy. It stops you from being the person you want to be. Procrastination is reactive. It makes you a passenger in life--not a driver. We all fall guilty of procrastinating at one time or another, so it’s important to remember the brevity of life.
What have you been putting off? What kind of person do you want to be? You’ve probably thought about these things, but very few of us take the steps to become our ideal self. The reason we rarely do the work to change is that we can’t see a clear path to success. It’s our same lack of vision that causes us to forget what’s meaningful, and makes us settle for the status quo.
People don’t go from destitute to prosperous overnight. We sometimes hear about the proverbial “overnight success”, but it’s the rarity of these events that makes them newsworthy. Sudden achievement won’t last if the individual fails to build a lifestyle that supports continued abundance.
The only way to preserve health, wealth, and happiness is to build a collection of habits that lead to greatness. You cannot establish remarkable routines without first making the decision to invest in yourself. It is the most important decision you can make. A monthly trip to the gym and weekly lottery tickets aren’t investing. Dictionary.com defines “invest” as, “to put (money) to use, by purchase or expenditure, in something offering potential profitable returns, as interest, income, or appreciation in value.” I believe investing is about more than just money. It’s what we do with our energy and time. Investments take time to mature. You won’t realize your goals immediately, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some of the perks now. For example, placing importance on consistent healthy sleep is an excellent way to live a long life, but you’ll also feel good today.
Think about what it is that you want from life. You shouldn’t accept an average life. You can live your dreams, but those dreams require work. Thought is important, but we mustn’t forget action.