A Procrastinator’s Guide From A to Z
We all carry around labels. Labels used in salutations: Mr., Mrs, Ms. Label that indicate familiar relationships: mother, father, brother, sister. We have labels related to our job titles and labels that reveal our hobbies. Labels that mark our education level and labels that suggest our ethnicity. But the labels that seem to stick to us like a foul stench are the labels that symbolize our character.
Lazy, stupid, selfish, useless.
We can’t aways choose the labels that are given to us. We can decide which labels we should own and which labels to cast aside.
I’ve thrown away many labels and replaced them with ones that are more suitable, more palatable to my tastes. For example: I am not cheap; I am thrifty. I’m not middle-aged, I’m living in my middle years. I’m not a fatigued hipster; I’m a writer! LOL
I am also a procrastinator.
I don’t like being labeled as a procrastinator, but it’s honest enough. It’s a label I willingly own. You can alter and change items you own. If you own a pair of trousers you can shorten them, but department stores tend to frown on merchandise alterations that don’t belong to you.
I am a procrastinator. I am not lazy, however I have to remind myself that I am good enough. I am not stupid, even though I have to remind myself that I am more than capable of making good choices. I am not selfish, but I have to remind myself to be kind and loving towards myself. I am not useless, although I have to remind myself that I’m worth the positive changes I’ve made in my life.
When the world thinks of a procrastinator, they think of a person who can’t get their act together. They think of a person who is lazy and late for everything. What they don’t understand is the mindset of a procrastinator, a person who is full of fear, a person afraid of being good enough. The world thinks you can “fix” a procrastinator by teaching them better time-management skills. This is about as helpful as painting spots on an elephant and calling it a dalmatian. The underlying cause of procrastination comes from the way we see ourselves. It comes from the way we treat ourselves. It starts from within.