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Why Procrastinating May Be Good For You

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Did you ever have the wonderful feeling that you are in the right place at the right time doing exactly what you should be doing?

Or, conversely, did you ever happen to feel really alien, as if though you are in a wrong setting and should in fact be doing something totally different?

Sometimes we have the impression that life flows effortlessly and all the pieces of the puzzle just fall into place. And at other times it seems like no matter what we do, we keep hitting roadblocks and dead-ends.

Why does that happen?

Inspired VS Uninspired Action

Inspired action, as opposed to uninspired action, is something you do because you feel like doing it, not because you think you should be doing it. It stems from the heart and it simply feels like the best thing at a certain moment in time.

When you are acting inspiredly, you are in a flow of events. The timing is perfect and as soon as one step ends, a new one begins. Everything seems to be beautifully orchestrated together in a greater play.

On the other hand, when you take action just for the sake of it, you are unaligned with the higher purpose. Even if you don’t believe in a higher purpose, you will still face difficulties along the way and get to blame it on whatever you wish.

Why This Difference?

Because you are free to choose whether you want to achieve your goals in an effortless manner or struggle and fight hard. Blood, sweat and tears are not necessary for success. Hard work is, but it doesn’t feel hard as long as you are taking inspired action.

Many coaches and people from the personal development industry advocate getting clear on a path, choosing one direction, setting appropriate goals and then immediately doing the first thing that gets you closer to your purpose.

In my opinion, this is pretty counter-intuitive  Yes, the approach may work, and it does for those who really persevere. But the effort invested is HUGE compared to the path of inspired action.

In the end, both paths lead to the same outcome. Why choose the longer and harder road, when you can have anything you want come to you much easier?

Take Your Time

The film “The Secret” has been criticized that it only speaks of thinking about your object of desire and leaves out the action component. A lot of people ever since have talked about how you must also do something concrete in order to manifest your intentions.

I personally think that immediate, unconsidered action is more detrimental that helpful. Doing something right away because we think it might be the right thing or because someone else tells us to, may not always lead to the desired outcome on the long run.

Any idea needs time to be accepted by the subconscious mind. Some people prefer using the terms “becoming a vibrational match”. It’s virtually the same thing. The best analogy is that of a seed which is being planted in the soil – it requires time until it sprouts. That process is natural and cannot be rushed.

The same thing happens with us, when we decide to pursue a goal. We must allow it sufficient time to become part of us. Only then will we be able to attract the necessary opportunities for its completion. Everything else we do up to that point can only be uninspired action.

A Personal Example of Inspired Action

I have started following this principle for some time now and it has lead to wonderful results. One recent example I can give involved planning a trip abroad. I booked the hotel rooms as soon as they became available but I still had to purchase the plane tickets.

I looked up several airline companies and compared the prices, but didn’t feel like buying the tickets, even though I came across the cheapest ones. One flight was around 65$ at that time. I simply felt the urge to procrastinate with that task, so I chose to wait.

One month later, I checked the prices again and they had dropped at about 50$ per flight. I was very surprised and happy to see that, but I still didn’t feel like buying the tickets. So I postponed things yet again and forgot about everything altogether.

Some weeks later, I remembered I should buy those tickets after all. So I went online and found that the prices were close to 30$ per flight. I felt a very strong urge to buy them and I did.

And just to satisfy my curiosity, I checked the site one week later to see if there were any differences. I discovered that they prices had risen back to about 50$. I was extremely happy for having followed my intuition and having waited for the right moment.

The Power of Procrastination

Most coaches encourage people to take immediate action. Usually they get their clients to be fired up about their dreams and use that energy to take the first steps towards their goal. While this approach is fine, it completely ignores the personal intuition of the clients.

I believe that procrastination has its purpose. And I believe that sometimes procrastination is intuition in disguise. Still, it’s very important to make a difference between real procrastination and bad habits.

Tony Robbins pointed out very well, that doing the right thing is not always enough – one must do the right thing at the right time. Because if the timing is wrong, then all efforts are in vain. He gives the example with agriculture: if you plant the seeds in winter, then you will get absolutely no crop, even though you may do the most amazing job at planting them.

When deciding to take action, you must always take into account the “season” you’re in.

I know you want to achieve your goal, but is the timing really right?

The best way to tell is by determining the amount of struggle you are facing. Usually struggle is an indicator of resistance.

This resistance can be internal – when you feel deep down inside of you that the right time has not yet come and everything seems very alien. Or it can be external – when you constantly seem to be hitting roadblocks and things never fall into place.

As I’ve already pointed out, struggle is different from hard work. Hard work is necessary, struggle is not. You can easily tell the difference between the two by your feelings.

Hard work will definitely require much of your energy, but it can – and should – be fun as well. On the other hand, struggle will invariably feel bad.

If you feel bad about taking action, don’t just presume that there’s something wrong with you or you need more motivation. While that may be true to some extent (in case you have developed bad habits over time), you need to take into account the possibility of wrong timing and uninspired action.

Wrap Up

From now on I recommend taking some time to ponder on the goal you have just set for yourself. By that I don’t mean getting stuck in analysis mode and constantly asking yourself whether it’s a good or a bad idea. By no means.

I rather encourage you to set a goal and keep it in mind for a few days to notice how you feel about it after the initial enthusiasm and fizzle fades away. Does it continue to seem as appealing as it did in the beginning? Did new information and new resources appear in the meantime? Are you still inspired to take action or do you start to procrastinate?

Let’s say you’ve just decided today that you want to lose some weight. You’re all fired up and want to start dieting tomorrow. So you google up some (crash) diets and pick the one which seems to deliver the fastest results.

That’s the uninspired approach. You’ll most likely quit in a few days or find a wrong diet.

Instead, I would wait a couple of days or maybe even a week until starting out. You may just stumble upon a better diet or you may get some advice from a friend. Do some extensive research first. Try out several methods. Develop a plan B and even a plan C.

The time used to incubate the idea will either amplify your feelings and make you feel very motivated and eager to get going – that’s the sign you are waiting for, even if you may be afraid to take action. Or it may leave you uninterested and deflate that pumped up feeling you had.

You will then know whether it’s time to start taking action, wait a little longer or abandon the project altogether.

I’d love to know whether you have a personal experience of taking inspired or uninspired action and the result you got. Please use the comment section below to share it with us!

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