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Payoff

When you procrastinate it’s because you want to.

It’s a much nicer fantasyland to live in by thinking that we struggle with procrastination because there is something wrong with us or because there is something inherently different about our DNA or our behavioral style that makes us doomed.

But it’s not.

When you put off doing things you know you should do it’s because there is a huge payoff for you.

The payoff is that you get to be safe.  The payoff is that you don’t have to push. The payoff is that you don’t have to try.

And, not only do you get to have the comfort and convenience of the life that you’ve always been used to, but you get to carry around the story of “well if I ever would’ve really tried then I could’ve done it…”

If that’s you, it doesn’t make you a bad person; it just means you haven’t yet acknowledged what’s really going on. You do it because you think it allows you to maintain your dignity but really it’s just a form of self-dishonesty.

It is a dilemma though.

If you decide to overcome that procrastination, then that means you’re going to have to work. You’re going to have to toil. You’re going to have to sweat and you’re going to have to see what you’re really made of.

If you procrastinate then you get to stand still. You get to keep what you already have. You get the payoff of never having to test yourself to see what you might be capable of.

If it’s the payoff that you want though, I hope you like it – because it’s the only payoff you’re ever going to get.

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