I think it can honestly be said my reign as king of procrastination is going strong. For just over a year I have been studying success books, audio programs, and videos, but there is a huge difference between studying something, and putting it into action.
A couple of months ago I signed up for Netflix for entertainment; what a mistake that turned out to be. It started innocent enough. I watched a couple of movies, and then a couple of television shows I haven’t seen for years. This turned into marathons of what I missed, and before I knew it, I had fallen into the “just one more” trap. This particular trap has been the ruin of more would be millionaires than any other trap.
For those who don’t understand how this works, I will say it’s very sneaky, and will hit you before you realize it’s got you. As an example, I’ll tell you what’s been going on with me. This is not to run myself down, but it is to show you some dangers to watch out for.
Let me preface this with the fact that I literally grew up in front of the television. I was born two months before the original Star Trek was aired; not that this has any bearing on my viewing frequency, but it is one of the shows that has been taking some of my time on Netflix.
It always starts innocent enough. I just wanted to watch an episode of a show, to see if I would enjoy it, then they leave me with a question, so I want to watch the next episode to see how they will answer the question. Sometimes they answer it in the next episode, or they will leave it for another episode, but by this time, the damage is done. By the time I finish each episode, I tell myself, “just one more.” I may have plans for doing something towards my goals, or some job I wanted to accomplish for the day, but by the end of my day, I realize all I’ve done was sit at my computer, and get sucked into another episode, which has nothing to do with my dreams. Inevitably, I feel bad about wasting my time, so I try to comfort myself with, you may have guessed it, a movie. This will turn into other movies, and further waists of time. If it wasn’t for my job, and my wife, I could probably waste my entire life just watching movies, and TV shows until I either die, or become homeless; whichever comes first.
All this leaves me with one important question; have I wasted my life? I certainly don’t think so. I am a firm believer that it’s up to me to determine whether something is a failure, or an opportunity to learn.
Am I learning something from this? Without a doubt. Will I tell you the specific lesson I learned from this? No, and there are two reasons. One, the lesson I learned is based on my dreams, and goals. Second, I still have lessons to learn from this, and I won’t feel comfortable sharing something I still don’t have straight in my own head.
We all have a tendency to allow things in our lives that will slow us down, stop us, or reverse our progress towards our goals. There is no point in feeling bad about ourselves, or allowing them to stop us entirely. If we ever want to reach our dreams, we just have to learn from negative situations, and use what we learn to make us stronger.