Preventing Procrastination: Exploring How Procrastination Interferes with Potential

Happy Sunday! How is your weekend going? Probably going by too fast, right?

I thought the next post in my blog series on Preventing Procrastination, Prizing Prioritizing, 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.”

Joyce Meyer

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.” 

~Philip Adams

So what about you?

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?


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14 comments to “Preventing Procrastination: Exploring How Procrastination Interferes with Potential”

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  1. tp keane - August 14, 2016 Reply

    If I’m guilty of anything it’s procrastination. Im an author and getting my head stuck into my writing is the hardest thing ever. Must try these.

  2. Mary Burris - August 14, 2016 Reply

    Procrastination gets in the way of oneself. Once you finally accomplish your goal, and you have procrastinated, you kick yourself because you wasted so much time!

  3. Karen - August 14, 2016 Reply

    I love these quotes. So many of us have worked to overcome procrastination and reading these help keep us on track!

  4. Elizabeth O. - August 15, 2016 Reply

    You’re absolutely right, you won’t know if you have potential if you don’t do anything right now and just wait for the perfect time. There will never be a perfect time, if you want to start, it’s better to start now.

  5. Sheri @ A Busy Bees Life - August 15, 2016 Reply

    I write about topics like this and really enjoyed this post. There is never a perfect time for anything, except for now. The first step is the hardest.

  6. Katherine H - August 15, 2016 Reply

    I really like this article. I’ve been really working on a few of my goals lately and this is a big help.

  7. Crystal Gard - August 15, 2016 Reply

    This is very helpful. I am so bad at procrastinating

  8. Tanisha A Parker - August 15, 2016 Reply

    Love this blog and the quotes… Thank you

  9. Nicole Escat - August 16, 2016 Reply

    I hate it when I am procrastinating! This is a lovely post, very helpful!

  10. Kendra - August 16, 2016 Reply

    Sometimes I procrastinate on housework. I think I should work on getting better at it.

  11. Yona Williams - August 16, 2016 Reply

    Man, I put the ‘p’ in procrastination. I don’t know why I keep falling into the pitfall of procrastination, but I know it’s one of the things that falsely fuels my writing process.

  12. Vyjay - August 17, 2016 Reply

    There is a wonderful saying that I remember, Procrastination is the thief of time.

  13. Tiffany Hathorn - August 17, 2016 Reply

    I used to think that my ability to get stuff done at the last minute was a skill, but now I realize that it is a flaw that I need to eliminate from my life.

  14. Suzi Hunn - August 20, 2016 Reply

    This is such an important reminder. Do something now. Yes, perfectionism gets in the way of putting ideas out into the world. Fortunately for us, blogging is one of the best ways to do just that!

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