The Danger Of Being A Procrastinator
“Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;” Romans 12:11 (KJV)
Can I tell you one thing I absolutely hate? It’s PROCRASTINATION! I hate when people procrastinate. I don’t want anyone on my team who procrastinates. I guess I hate procrastination because I lack patience at times, I don’t know if it’s genetic (because my mom hates it) or if I am really urgent about my vision being fulfilled. Either way it goes, I don’t like procrastinating. I couldn’t believe that a couple of weeks ago I had been procrastinating. My team was waiting and counting on me to do something and I was taking my sweet precious time. God was showing me the reason the vision was being delayed was because of my lack of urgency. I was being slothful. The reason I was doing this was because I was being too prideful to ask for help on the job that needed to be done. Instead of asking for help, I started procrastinating. I see a lot of evolving entrepreneurs who are crazy talented but have poor work ethics. They don’t answer the phone and they act like you’re bothering them when you want to sow into THEIR business. You’ve got the money, they have the service but they procrastinate. Why do so many people procrastinate?
Reasons For Procrastinating:
1. We procrastinate when we’re afraid.
2. We procrastinate when we’re uncommitted.
3. We procrastinate when we’re insufficient.
4. We procrastinate when we’re pressured.
5. We procrastinate when we’re confused.
We procrastinate whenever we’re afraid. We may be afraid of hard work, opportunity and even exposure. We procrastinate whenever we’re not truly committed. When you’re not committed you won’t give your whole self to it. You won’t give your time, energy or focus to anything you’re not truly passionate about. We procrastinate when we have some insufficiencies. When we have insufficient funds and an insuffient team we procrastinate. When we don’t have the financial resources or the manpower we procrastinate. We also procrastinate when we’re under pressure. When we’re too busy or often too stressed we sit passive. The last reason we procrastinate is when we’re confused; when we lack clarity or even creativity. When we don’t know what to do or how to do it or even why we should do it that’s when we procrastinate. Fear, lack of commitment, insuffiences, pressure and confusion are reasons we and others tend to procrastinate.
A lot of people think it’s good for leaders to procrastinate. But I don’t think it’s good for leaders to procrastinate. A lot of leaders say “I’m not procrastinating, I’m practicing good timing.” I think this is an excuse because it allows you to sit passive. There’s a difference between procrastinating and practicing good timing. Good timing says “though it’s not the time we will train so when the time comes we’re ready!” Great leaders know that waiting time is training time not sitting time. Are you preparing or procrastinating? I believe there is a time for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1–8). But saying you’re waiting for your time but not preparing for that time to come is an excuse. It’s dangerous being a leader who procrastinates. Procrastinating leaders produce three types of followers.
3 Followers Procrastinating Leaders Are Bound To Produce:
- Procrastinating leaders produce frustrated followers
- Procrastinating leaders produce apathetic followers
- Procrastinating leaders produce disengaged followers
When you procrastinate, the people you lead will become frustrated with you. More than likely you’ve placed the vision on hold, you’re delaying progress or hurting expectations. Doing this will make them frustrated or impatient with you. When we procrastinate we will have apathetic followers. They will and won’t want to do anything because they don’t see you doing anything. You can boss them and tell them to work; but like we said last week, people do what they see not what we say. Actions speak louder than words and no one will obey a hypocritical leader. Then unfortunately we will have disengaged followers. They won’t really care about the team, the vision or the project because it shows you don’t care. We lead by example. Don’t be a procrastinating leader or you’ll have apathetic, disengaged and frustrated followers. If you’re one who procrastinates, I want to help you overcome it. I want to show you the simple steps that caused me to be active and then succeed.
How To Overcome Procrastination:
- The power of integrity
Be honest upfront. If you know you can’t and won’t do what someone’s asking you, then tell them. If you know in your heart you aren’t committed and the job won’t get done, tell them! Be honest! Because if you commit and get people’s hopes up and then don’t come through they’ll be disappointed. They’ll think you’re not a trustworthy person, they’ll now on get somebody else to do what they needed done and overall you lose your influence with them. Be a person of INTEGRITY! Keep your word! If you tell people you’re going to do something; then DO IT! If you can’t let them know upfront! It’s okay to say NO at times. I rather say no then to let somebody down later on.
2. The power of delegation
Learn how to delegate jobs. If you can’t do it but you know somebody who would love to do it and is gifted at it, then give them the opportunity. That way they’re blessed and you’re not burdened. Don’t be afraid to recommend people who can do the job just as good or even better than you! You don’t have to say yes to everything. If you’re busy or uncommitted, give it to someone else to do that would enjoy doing it.
3. The power of time management
If you’ve been procrastinating it’s probably because you’ve been busy. I know how it goes! If there is something you want to do and need to do; make time! You have to learn the power of time management. Maybe you can manage your time by hiring an assistant, making an calendar or even cutting out things you waste time on. If you learn to manage the time you have you will be able to seize each opportunity and help those who most need you!
The power of integrity, delegation and time management can help us stop procrastinating.
* What are those things you need to do?
* What are those things you’ve been desiring to do?
* What are those things you’ve told others you would do?
* What are those things you keep putting off?
Whatever it is; it’s time to stop being slothful in business but fervent in spirit; serving the Lord! Leaders it’s time that we learn, The Danger Of Being A Procrastinator.