Welcome back to my blog series on Preventing Procrastination and Pursuing Purpose! I had to take a few days off, away from the computer, to prioritize and deal with some other obligations, as well as enjoy some family time (I think I should have added “Prizing Prioritizing” to my blog series title and planned posts — hmmm, maybe I will, since this seems to be a work in progress!)
Now I “owe” you all four posts, so I’ll get caught up this week. For now, picking up where I left off and expanding on one of the ideas from the previous post, Dangers of Procrastination: *Ongoing issues with procrastination indicate an established stronghold or repetitive behavior pattern.*
Allowing a stronghold to remain in our lives is a risky situation that can hold us back from fulfilling our purpose. Under normal circumstances, a stronghold–or a fortress–is a good thing, because it is set up as protection from attack.
However, mental strongholds, as the name implies, represent strong holds or influences over us that create a mindset that resists change. They become deeply ingrained or embedded in our minds due to frequent negative repetition. Once they have latched on, they are very difficult to break down and remove, much like a fortress wall.
Such is the situation when procrastination becomes a stronghold in our lives, due to its frequent, repetitive use. It requires honesty on our part to first of all acknowledge the problem, and then it requires diligence to consistently and methodically pull down the stronghold of procrastination.
I think sometimes, though, procrastination is like a comfortable, familiar bad habit…and just as difficult to let go of, because we have become so accustomed to getting behind, running late, not meeting deadlines, justifying a bad attitude, and all those related events, that it takes a great deal of effort and a willingness to make the necessary changes in our lives to overcome the stronghold of procrastination.
It seems we need to make it a priority…yes, it’s all making sense now, the time away gave me some new perspective on my series…we need to make it a priority to attack the stronghold of procrastination, tearing down one stone at a time.
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Do you recognize strongholds in your life? Is it an ongoing struggle to tear them down and replace them with better habits or strategies that will help you prioritize and pursue your purpose?