Procrastination, an enemy of progress, does not only influence completing responsibilities but also opportunities of the work world.
“Procrastination is opportunity’s natural assassin” (Victor Kiam).[i]
When opportunity comes knocking, whether it is advancement in your current occupation or starting a new career path, feelings of inadequacy beckon an internal delay of an exciting future.
In a How I Met Your Mother episode, Ted Mosby endeavors to start his own architecture company. Despite his excitement, he soon absorbs himself with meaningless details and neglects to contact prospective clients:
Robin: “Yes! Ted, I know you’re nervous, but you’ve got to stop procrastinating. You’ve spent the last two days choosing the official pen of Mosbius Designs.” Ted: “Hey, I’ve made some progress, huh? I’ve eliminated felt-tip. Oh, who am I kidding? Felt’s back in the ballgame.”[ii]
In fear, we will search for distractions and cleave to them, delaying the venture of taking the opportunity. This uncertainty of the future can seem overwhelming but instead of allowing yourself to drown, use it to propel forward onto whatever the opportunity holds.
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