By Opeyemi Odejide
The sound of my alarm woke me up for the third time after snoozing it off twice and going back to sleep. I decided to wake up by 4:30am daily to plan my day, do some meditations and also pray. But every time my alarm sounds, I tell myself that “I can still take another 20mins to sleep. At least it’s not morning yet, I can get it done later.”
It’s been more than 6months now that I had it in mind to enrol myself for an IT programme but I never got to the point of registering, I tell myself, I will get it done next month. One of my resolutions this year is to shed some weights, this has become an impossible task as I console myself that I will start after every bottle of soft drink.
I’m reminded of how I got a beautiful idea on a book I could write more than three years ago and the only progress that I have been able to make is just that idea still lingering in my brain. Taking a closer look at myself, I know I’m plagued with a particular ailment that has hunted me for a long time now.
They call it procrastination but I call it The Terminator. Procrastination terminates every good thing I wish and desire to do. It does not allow me to meaningfully add value to my life and be a better version of myself.
I decided to put an end to the activity of the terminator in my affairs. I know that beyond various books on overcoming procrastination, motivations and messages on eating my frog, I must look inward and find the cause of my challenge. If I’m able to discover the root of the problem then I can find a solution to it.
The journey to self discovery begins as I found out that I love comfort more than work. I love to sleep more than being awake and active, I love to indulge in social media and TV series more than writing a book as I so wish to do. It’s not my fault, it’s just my nature.
After discovering this truth and facing it, I resolved to make the change. I made a decision to live better than yesterday. I resolve to consistently ignore and silence the voice of the terminator because, I know that no matter the number of books and messages I read and listen to, the first hurdle to cross is me. Personal determination and resolution is an important key to total freedom from procrastination. Then I took the steps of getting inspired and motivated by reading books and learning on methods of overcoming procrastination.
I’m not saying that I still don’t struggle with the voice of procrastination, I’m not saying that I still do not postpone what needs to be done, but I know I’m not where I used to be. I have greatly improved. I fight the voice of the terminator daily with my determination and resolute mind. I know it takes me to overcome, no one will do it for me and bearing in mind that its only someone that seeks for success that truly finds it, I’m willing to forsake my comfort zone and take the progressive steps towards success.
Do you relate with my story, why not take the steps like I did. Look within, Resolve, Be inspired, and Take Action. I’m not saying it’s going to be all smooth and easy but I promise you that it will be worth it…
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About the Author:
Opeyemi is a woman passionate about God, her family and people. She believes that the world will be a better place if/when people starts to see their neighbours as an extension of themselves deserving of love and affection.
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