Dean Graziosi recently wrote an article about procrastination. He says it’s nothing but fear.
Yes, fear. Fear of not succeeding, fear of not being perfect, or fear of a task you think you’ll hate.
Let’s consider fear of not succeeding. Would it be so bad if you tried something and didn’t succeed? At least you tried. Maybe you learned something that would help you succeed the next time.
As a writer, I have written many books and tried to interest editors and agents. Over the years, I got many rejections. At last a publisher wrote they’d publish Romancing the Gold. They edited it and designed a lovely cover. When I inquired about the publishing date, they said they were not publishing books any more. It took me another year to find another interested publisher, so at last my book got published and was available for several years.
Then that publisher lost interest in publishing books, so I am now having Amazon publish it. The paperback will be released on Amazon on September 15th, but I could not get the Kindle Create Program to accept my manuscript for an ebook. This time I asked for help and will change whatever I need to change to make it work – hopefully by September 15th.
Let’s consider the second reason you might procrastinate. Your vision of a book or a project seems wonderful, but when you get it half done, it doesn’t seem as grand as you envisioned. Or maybe, it looks good, but you have to keep going over it to get it perfect–and you never finish. Wouldn’t a project with a flaw or two be better than nothing? Finish your project as well as you can and call it done. If it’s a book you send to Amazon, you can even revise it later.
The third reason you might procrastinate is because the job you’re putting off is a task you hate doing. The best solution is to delegate so you don’t have to do it yourself. However, that may not be possible, so you might as well schedule a time to do it, roll up your sleeves, and get it done. You will feel so much better after you finish it and perhaps wonder why you put it off so long.
Sometimes it helps to promise yourself a treat after you do the dreaded task – something nice to eat, a story to read, or buy something inexpensive that you would not have treated yourself to.
As for a story to read, until Romancing the Gold is released in ebook form (hopefully by Sept. 15th), treat yourself to this short excerpt from chapter one of Romancing the Gold
“Seeing Megan again after six years, Joseph decided she was even prettier than he’d remembered. Now, his long hair and bushy beard were far from the clean cut he’d sported when he taught at Megan’s high school….
….He hoped she wouldn’t recognize him with the beard and wraparound sunglasses. He had spent time in England recently. With luck the accent he’d picked up would help her buy his lies about his background. Thank goodness, his Texas contact at ICE, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, had managed to overnight some blue contact lenses.
Joseph might have to get her alone and tell her who he was before she blurted out his real name in front of others.
… However, could he trust her to keep the secret of his real purpose here at the archaeological dig?”