Avoidance Versus Confronting - Stop Procrastination Today!
"The person who studiously avoids work usually works far longer and far harder than the man who pleasantly confronts it and does it." — L. Ron Hubbard
What do you avoid? What projects never get done? What situations do you hate?
Managers and business owners who avoid computers are less efficient, less informed and work harder than those who take the time to learn and use this incredible tool. Managers who avoid staff confrontations have problems with staff. Business owners who avoid asking their customers what they want fail to produce useful products and services.
Parents who avoid their children’s problems end up raising juvenile delinquents. Spouses who avoid discussing their marriage problems get in arguments or worse.
Anyone who avoids working ends up stressed out, unhappy and broke.
Let's say you have a stack of paperwork to do. Instead of simply taking a few hours and doing the work, you avoid it for a few weeks. The stack increases and now includes requests wondering about the delayed paperwork. A two-hour project becomes a ten-hour problem.
Avoidance never works. If you avoid discussions about money, you end up with more money problems. If you avoid telling people how you really feel, you become lonely. If you hate change, you miss opportunities.
- If you want to feel powerful and in control, list out what you should be doing. Make a complete list.
- Next, decide which item is the hardest, the most difficult to do. Which job do you hate the most?
- Now, go confront it and do it as soon as possible! Better yet, PLEASANTLY confront it and do it.
- Force yourself. Ignore those excuses. Make it your highest priority. Do not stop until it is done.
- As a result, you will discover two facts: The project itself is not that hard to do and, because you got the most difficult action out of the way, everything else you need to do will be easier.
This may seem like a brutal way to create improvement, but it is fast and guaranteed to work.
To create a better tomorrow, pleasantly blast through your most difficult, most challenging problems today.
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