Procrastination Is…An Inability to Fulfill Our Potential

The next post in my blog series on Preventing Procrastination and Pursuing Purpose is: Procrastination is an inability to fulfill our potential. 


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This is a topic I’ve discussed before, so I’m going to borrow some content from an earlier post.


The word potential (thanks, online dictionary) means “capable of being but not yet in existence” or “capable of development into actuality.” So the gifts, strengths, and plans we have are capable of existing, but we need to actively develop them into actuality.


A couple examples come to mind:


*We can assemble all the ingredients for a cake next to the empty bowl. They represent the potential for a cake – but until we actively combine all the ingredients according to the directions and bake the mixture in the right pan at the right temperature for the right amount of time – we have unfulfilled potential and no cake!


*Fellow writers should be able to relate to this: We can sit with paper and pens in front of us – or blank Word documents on our computers or laptops – or empty data fields for blogs or content writing – and have all kinds of ideas. The potential exists for great articles, blog posts, and even books – but until we develop those thoughts by writing or typing them, they remain unfulfilled potential.


When we procrastinate or put off taking the steps necessary to exercise a gift, develop a strength, or implement a plan, we are unable to fulfill the potential inherent in any of those things.


A year from now you may wish you had started today. 

~Karen Lamb


So, do you have ideas about areas in your life where procrastination has prevented you from reaching your full potential?


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4 comments to “Procrastination Is…An Inability to Fulfill Our Potential”

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  1. Wendy Baudín, Self-Love Sherpa and Wisdom Guide - August 6, 2013 Reply

    Hi Karen,

    Isn’t it great that we are on the same train of thought and there are so many more like us sharing such great inspiration and support. Definite sign that we are transforming to the higher realm of light and love.

    I love your examples with baking a cake and writing….so easy to relate and digest. Great job!!!

    Thank you for visiting my blog and may your days be filled with joy and laughter,

    Wendy Baudín

  2. Francene Stanley - August 7, 2013 Reply

    This is so true. If we don’t do something today, and if we keep putting it off, we may have missed out on the best time for doing it. Time is so precious.
    Francene Stanley recently posted..August 7th

  3. Dr. Linette Montae - August 7, 2013 Reply

    I am a huge action taker so I rarely battle with procrastination.

    But when I do, I ask myself if the task is really (1) something that needs to be done at all (2) something that needs to be done by me.

    That helps me cut to the chase.

  4. Melinda - August 8, 2013 Reply

    Well several areas, actually. I have been slow about getting my game published, writing my knitter’s devotional and getting things going with some homeschooling units. Must try harder!
    Melinda recently posted..Crime and Victims

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