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?


14 thoughts on “Preventing Procrastination: Exploring How Procrastination Interferes with Potential”
  1. 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. 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. 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.

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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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