Jerry Seinfeld used to have a bit in his standup routine about all the choices we face when shopping.
“I’ve got a headache. Do I want the pills that are ‘fast-acting’ or ‘long-lasting’? Well I don’t know, do I want to feel better now or later?”
Isn’t that what procrastination is? A decision to feel better now rather than later?
Abraham Lincoln said, “Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most.”
I guess discipline might be considered the opposite of procrastination then.
There is a danger to thinking of procrastination as being simply putting off doing something, because the truth is what we put off, we often never get to. The trick perhaps is in seeing that what we want MOST we need to want NOW. If I want to write more regularly and attract readers than I want to write now, as soon as I can, not after I watch another episode of Younger.
Do I want to feel better now or later? The answer is both.
Discipline sounds hard and requiring self-control. What works for me is to try and set my life up so that what I want most is something I want now also. I want to tell my accountability buddy that I did write another article and here is the link. I want to meet my friend to run. I want to go for a walk and get some fresh air because it makes the dogs so happy.
I’m not saying that Lincoln had a bad idea. I think his words are wise. When a choice MUST be made between what you want now and what you want most — discipline and control over your destiny come from focusing on what you want most. But we live in an age of distraction, there are too many choices facing us every day, on every drugstore counter, on every web page. Making the right choice in a sea of choices is a struggle. It’s far easier to try and see what you want most as something you want now! Then use your impatience and go make it happen.
Feel better now and later.
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About the author: I love quotes and created the audiobook: Quotes for Achievement. My newest book is meant to inspire underemployed or unemployed folks with both practical tips and personal stories. Out-of-Work to Making Money, 21 Comeback Stories Every Job Hunter Should Hear is currently available on Amazon (coming soon to Audible)