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Here’s a few words about procrastination which I’ve been putting off for a while now!

At this time of year I tend to think about what I’ve achieved and not achieved in the past 12 months.

If I’m being completely honest the single key theme for my non achievement over the years has been my remarkably consistent ability to put things off.  I have been excellent at it and at times had it been an Olympic event I would most certainly have been in contention for a medal.

I have used a variety of ‘reasons’, as I’m sure you know others who have done the same. These ‘reasons’ or how they are more correctly known ‘excuses’ have included ‘I’ve been too busy’, ‘I haven’t got the right equipment’, ‘I just don’t feel like it at the moment’ and of course the grand daddy of excuses ‘I haven’t got the time!’

A wise man named H. Jackson Brown offered this thought: ‘Don't say you don't have enough time.  You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.’

What I’ve learned is that dreams, goals and targets are wonderful and necessary for achievement BUT without action nothing happens!  That’s why I need to keep loosening the grip of procrastination by spending my time getting on and ‘doing’ rather than thinking up reasons not to do.  

I’ll leave the final comment with one of my heroes Napoleon Hill who said: ‘Do not wait; the time will never be just right. Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.’