Friday, June 15, 2012

Taking Action Now Eliminates Procrastination

Procrastination. (Photo credit: Tysh)
By Richard Brody

Isn't it interesting that the primary reason people give for procrastination is to avoid taking action, while, in fact procrastinating, in and of itself, is indeed an action.

The reality is that no-one who procrastinates does so because they are either self-confident or well prepared, but rather the vast majority of the time, those who procrastinate do so because they are insecure, weak of character, and afraid of their own shadow, and will do anything to avoid and absolve themselves of personal responsibility.

The legendary self-help pioneer, Zig Ziglar, explained the best way to get past these procrastination opportunities and tendencies, "When you don't really want to or feel like doing what needs to be done, do it and then you will feel like doing it."

1. I might be able to better appreciate and forgive procrastination if I ever saw any positives in behaving that way. The reality, though, is simply by avoiding taking action, never makes the situation simply go away on its own. In fact, in most cases, even the simplest and easiest situational challenge, if left unaddressed, will end up festering and festering, until eventually this little challenge ends up being perceived by most as a major problem, or even crisis.

Nothing is ever handled best when done during a crisis stage, because the best behavior is always planned, thought out, and ends up with well conceived and perceived actions taken. This is true in our personal lives, and to a large degree, is even more so, when it involves leadership scenarios. When we stall in our own lives, the impact is predominantly adverse more to us than to others. Many downward trends in individual personal development and achievement are directly related to time when we did not act in a timely manner.

2. Procrastination has destroyed or nearly destroyed many organizations. As a professional leadership trainer and consultant for over three decades, I always urge leaders and potential leaders to always prepare themselves for unexpected, off undesirable situations arising. When a leader is prepared, he is able to seamlessly direct his organization to transform any adversity into an opportunity.

Procrastinating, ill-prepared leaders create large amounts of waste, in terms of many resources, including financial, personnel, and organizational. Too many procrastinators simply try to plug huge holes with band-aids rather than taking timely and needed actions, and when needed situations go unaddressed, further complications ensue.

In our personal, business and professional lives, we need to take timely action so as to eliminate further deterioration or adverse scenarios.

With over 30 years consultative sales, marketing, training, managerial, and operations experience, Richard Brody has trained sales and marketing people in numerous industries, given hundreds of seminars, appeared as company spokesperson on over 200 radio and television programs. He's negotiated, arranged and organized hundreds of events.

Richard has owned businesses, been a COO, CEO, and Director of Development, as well as a consultant. His company Website is, and he can be followed on Twitter @rgbrody. For great information on many topics, visit PLAN2LEAD's Facebook page and LIKE (

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