"How soon 'not now' becomes 'never'." - Martin Luther
We have all been guilty of it at some point in our lives! Some of us are even masters of it! The art of procrastination! The art of postponing! Motivational guru Tony Robbins suggests that at the basal level people do things for one of two reasons: to avoid pain or to gain pleasure. Procrastination decisions are usually taken to avoid immediate pain. "I can do the report later. Right now, I want to enjoy the cocktail party." "I will call the client tomorrow. Today is full." We become excellent at making excuses. Sooner or later we have a backlog. Sooner or later, the pain of not taking action (e.g. calling the client, completing the report) becomes unbearable as the consequence of that decision begins to manifest itself.
Successful people rise and stay at the top by mastering the art of prioritizing goals, making swift decisions, and taking action. They understand what motivates them and create the necessary stimulus to get the job done. What motivates you more? Is it the avoidance of pain or the joy of pleasure? How have you been motivating yourself to take action now?