I have a confession to make…I am a procrastinator. I don’t like that about myself, but it is something I struggle with almost on a daily basis. There are many things I don’t procrastinate on at all, while other things weigh me down to the point of immobility and I struggle to take a baby step forward in those areas, much less be able to perform with grace and efficiency.
This has been bothering me for a while now, and I started asking God to reveal to me what causes me to be able to thrive in one area, but struggle so desperately in another.
GETTING TO THE CORE OF MY PROCRASTINATION ISSUE
- What am I supposed to be doing?
- (be specific)
- What excuses am I using for not doing it?
- (physical ailments, family commitments, can’t concentrate)
- What activity am I doing to distract myself from what I am supposed to be doing?
- (internet, over committed schedule, television, taking care of others, other tasks)
- What can’t be done yet because the task I am putting off hasn’t been completed?
- (be specific)
- Which one am I actually avoiding: the first task, the second task, or both?
- What revelations are you getting?
- What are my deepest emotions when I contemplate doing this task?
- list all
- How is my thinking messed up?
- list all thoughts no matter how insignificant they may seem
- What would God say about my wrong thinking…what is His truth to dispel the lie I am believing?
I also Included and area at the bottom for prayer and another area to document results.
- Place to write out a prayer.
- Place to document my results.
Something unexpected happened. The things I put off, are all things I feel inadequate to do. The anxieties I feel are linked to fear of failure. Sure, there were other things sprinkled in there, but the big ones that kept me stuck linked back to either feeling like I wasn’t good enough or being afraid that I would fail.
That was quite the revelation:
My stone of procrastination is a subconscious fear that I may fail.
There it is, there is my stone of procrastination… fear of failure. I had to dig (go through the above questions) to get to it…but what do I do with it now that I have identified the culprit that weighs me down?
TAKE IT TO GOD
The lies in my head tell me that I am not good enough. I can’t do it. I will FAIL miserably.
God tells me exactly the opposite!
* I, Tammy, can do everything–even this things that makes me afraid–because God gives me the strength to do it.
“If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there. If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me.”,(Psalm 139:8-10,NLT)
*It Doesn’t matter where I, Tammy, go or run to–even if its to run form something that intimidates me–God is there with me. His hand guides me and His strength supports me.
*God made me, Tammy, wonderful and complex. How He created me is marvelous! I know it well and am thankful that He made me so wonderful!
* God thinks many beautiful thoughts about me, Tammy. So many they can’t be numbered.
With God’s truth dispelling the lies of inadequacy and the fears of failure, I gain the courage to conquer the stone of procrastination and trust God with the results of my efforts.
These personalized scriptures don’t only apply to me–God feels the same about you. I encourage you to use them (personalizing them with your name) to help you overcome your stones of procrastination.
Dear Lord, Help me understand the source of my procrastination. As I look at the lies that I am believing, help me counter those lies with your truth. Thank you for loving me beyond anything I can deserve or understand. In Jesus’ name I pray~ Amen