I thought the next post in my blog series on Preventing Procrastination and Pursuing Purpose should be a further exploration and discussion about how procrastination interferes with potential.
Remember, the word potential means “capable of being but not yet in existence” or “capable of development into actuality.” Here’s another explanation or example to help grasp the concept of potential:
“Potential cannot manifest without form. Like concrete, it must have something to be poured in to, something to give it shape and make it useful.
To develop potential properly, you must have a plan and pray over that plan; you must have a purpose, and you must be doing something.
If you want to see your potential developed to its fullness, don’t wait until everything is perfect. Do something now. Start laying your hand to whatever is in front of you.
You cannot start at the finish line. You must start at the beginning like everybody else.”
This line in particular addresses how procrastination can interfere with potential: “If you want to see your potential developed to its fullness, don’t wait until everything is perfect. Do something now.” To me, this speaks of taking those “baby steps” toward accomplishing a goal and fulfilling potential.
Just as a baby doesn’t immediately walk after birth, but instead goes through a series of steps and growth stages, we can’t expect to reach our full potential without taking the necessary steps in the right order. If we procrastinate and delay taking a first step, or any step along the way, we likewise impede our forward progress toward reaching and fulfilling our potential.
When people say to me: “How do you do so many things?”
I often answer them, without meaning to be cruel: “How do you do so little?”
It seems to me that people have vast potential.
Most people can do extraordinary things if they have the confidence or take the risks.
Yet most people don’t.
They sit in front of the telly and treat life as if it goes on forever.
What do you think about these quotes? Do you recognize areas in your life where procrastination trips you up from striving to reach your potential?