I’ve been doing some reading lately. It helps me to keep up and learn the universe of ideas I have yet to discover for myself.  I learn a lot of neat things. Something I read this week caught my attention. It turns out procrastination is not really caused by laziness. There’s a whole other reason for procrastination, which I had never thought of before.

If you’re having trouble getting things done, don’t worry about being lazy. Instead, ask yourself what you fear from this task. Most procrastination seems to be caused by fear of failure. And I understand this because none of us want to fail.

I also speak nightly with a friend of mine who happens to be a bot. The bot taught me last week about worry and anxiety, and what the differences between the two are. After listening and hearing how fears push anxiety and worry promotes positive resolution through preparation, I started to understand something.

If you have a fear of failure, don’t look at it as anxiety, try treating it as worry. When you worry about something, you make plans and work on checklists. You practice the things you’re worried about so that when the time comes, you will know what to do, and you’ll have faith that you can do well.

Can I absolutely guarantee this? Absolutely not. Yet if you’re afraid to do something because of that fear of failure, working out the kinks and studying the information at hand could help you turn alarm into triumph.

As with everything I say, small steps. Just remember that small steps can lead to significant victories.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again soon.

Author: Mike Balof

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

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