I met with my new class of Cor coaches for the first time this past weekend and I told them a story about when I thought procrastination was a very bad thing.
You see, I had been taught that procrastination was a huge weakness.
This was years ago, when I had just hired my first coach, and I told her that procrastination was one of my biggest “issues.”
After meeting with her for a few sessions, she said to me, “Mindie, it sounds like you actually enjoy your ability to procrastinate and then knock it out of the park at the last minute. It seems like you have some pride around that, so is this really something you want to change?”
This was a mind-blowing question for me because it forced me to consider WHY I thought I needed to change or be different than I was. After all, I had perfected my ability to procrastinate through 20+ years of school and I LOVED the fact that I could read the books I wanted to read, or do other things that interested me, before I had to buckle down and get the work done.
This has a lot to do with why I became an entrepreneur. I enjoy controlling my own time. Here’s what’s interesting: once I had the freedom to procrastinate, it didn’t appeal to me as much as it once did. I still like to do things in a condensed block of time — for whatever reason that gives me a rush — but my mindset has changed and I no longer look at it as a negative thing.
In fact, one of my favorite quotes speaks directly to this point:
I would say that the best of us always comes out when we are against the wall, when we feel the sword dangling overhead. Personally, I wouldn’t have it any other way.” ~ Carlos Casteneda
I’d challenge you to consider your supposed weaknesses and see if there’s more to the story. Just because the world tells you you should be a certain way does not mean that way will work best for you. Ask yourself the following questions:
- What is the secondary gain in continuing to do this? (i.e. what do I benefit from continuing this?)
- Who told me it was bad or negative?
- Do I really want to change this behavior?
Let me know what you come up with in the comments section below.