Date With Destiny
Fighting Procrastination; The Dream Killer
Good morning Mastermind!
It is a great day and I am experiencing an attitude of
gratitutde that I have a job that gets me up in the morning
and gets me moving.
When I think about it, a structure and schedule is a gift
and a blessing. Having to be at work at 8:00 am destroy's
any reason to procrastinate. I take a shower, i clean up, I
get dressed, I eat, I get into my car and I MOVE. The gift
of forward momentum erases any tendencies to take morning
Now back to the PUSH WITH PASSION; 80 DAYS OF MASSIVE
I have to humble myself by admiting that I HAVE BEEN
PROCRASTINATING!!! This weekend, I did not work on fine
tuning my resume or applying to any positions. WHY He asks??
My assessment is that IM NOT GETTING PROPER LEVERAGE ON MY
REASONS, MY WHYS FOR THE NEED TO TAKE MASSIVE ACTION!!
I need your help to keep me accountable Mastermind! I took
a these powerful questions from Shad Hemstetter's Pep talk
to work on my whys this morning and GET OFF MY DUFF TO TAKE
Here are the seven steps for getting off the dime and
done. It’s a simple list:
1. Ask yourself the question: “Is this something I want to
do, or need to do – (Is this something I choose to do, and
Absolutely.... this is something that is an absolute must.
Why is it a must? If I dont take massive action now to move
to a public sector positon, I will feel stuck in a dead end
job. This will cause me to just get up in the morning to
survive and make a living as opposed to going into to work
ready to TAKE ON THE UNIVERSE. Here are the consequences of
me NOT TAKING MASSIVE ACTION TODAY. A SHORT VERSION OF A
In two years, I will NOT be in a position to help 1000's of
vulnerable people to be the best that they can possibly be.
I will look back to today and REGRET that I did not move
mountains to apply for a position that would challenge me
to be a LEADER IN THE SOCIAL SECTOR. I will be living in a
mindset of REGRET and experience the pains of all
the "coulda's and shoulda's!!
In five years, if I DONT MOVE TODAY.. I will be feeling
totally stuck... a number working at a computer terminal. I
will be feeling marginally depressed and the passion and
light in my eyes for work will be dull. I will be one of
those robots that mechanically moves to go to work with no
excitement to change the world. Like working at Mcdonalds
and punching numbers at a cash register.
The cost to me in ten years? Emotionally, i will have lost
my doer mentality. My self esteme suffers because I no
longer move to challenge myself. The way I walk and the way
I talk has no passion, and it is evident to the world that
I am a follower and not a leader. I have resigned myself
that i have to settle for what i am doing because I only
have a few years to retire. I am not adaptable and flexible
because ive given up the power to find change exciting. I
hate my job but it is all I have known for ten years.
I resent others around me who are donig better than I have
but dont feel the self confidence to do anyting else. My
relationships suffer because I lack self confidence and
feel inferior to others. I gain weight because I eat fatty
foods due to profound mild depression. Deep down, I feel
like a looser, a nobody...
STOP STOP STOP.................. There is NO WAY THAT I
WILL EVER ACCEPT BEING THIS KIND OF MISERABLE HUMAN BEING.
My why's are clear!!! I want to make a difference in
people's lives today! I choose to be a leader in community
development and social issues. I choose to touch the lives
of clients in a meaningful way. IT IS A MUST THAT BE A
LEADER IN ORGANIZATIONS and not a pion at a computer
desk!!!!! I MUST organize people, set the agenda, train
staff, gather resources, build coalitions, get out there
and BE THE BEST THAT I CAN POSSIBLY BE RIGHT NOW!!!!!
FAILURE CANNOT WITHSTAND PERSISTENCE.
2. As soon as you’ve made the choice to do it, write it
The choice is clear Mastermind. I need to get at least ten
resume's out a week. To posted positions, to networks and
contacts. To the Federal Civil Service and Municipality.
3. Write down the date when you want to be finished.
I committ to sending out TWO Resumes daily. I can do this
through email. Getting others done and booking time to
deliver them to friends and contacts. Filling up my agenda
with networking to promote myself with my resume! I have a
duty and obligation to honor my dreams by getting out MY
AMAZING BACKGROUND EXPERIENCE FOR THEM TO SEE!!!!!
4. Write out the obstacles or problems that are standing
in your way.
My main challenge right now is to overcome procrastination.
What is that devil specifically? I get home and I feel
tired. I am lulled by the immediate gratification of
perhaps watching TV. That little voice says, you can do
this first then get to the resumes. I allow myself to get
distracted by other low level activities that have NOTHING
TO DO WITH MY PUSH FOR PASSION.
5. Write out one or two simple action steps to deal with
every obstacle you wrote down.
When I get that "devil" voice in my head. I need to
IMMEDIATELY DO SOMETHING ON MY TO DO LIST!! Do a Tony
swish, re-read my DICKENS, and see the miserable human
being I will be IF I DONT ACT NOW!!!!!!!!! I need to turn
on TINA TURNER'S SIMPLY THE BEST.. and automatically write
a cover letter, call a contact........... DO SOMETHING
IMMEDIATELY TO GAIN SOME FORWARD MOMENTUM!!
6. Date each of the action steps – when you will do each
Tonight, I WILL GET OUT TWO RESUMES. Polish off and send
by email that Executive Director position cover letter and
resume to the Youth Serving Org. I have until October 20th
to apply. This deadline DOES NOT MEAN THAT I CAN AVOID
GETTING IT DONE TODAY!!! I will also call my contacts and
work on FIRM letters of references for this postion
tonight. This means making FIVE key phone calls and getting
7. Print out the list of action steps and carry it with
you, and read it twice each day until the job is finished –
or you’re no longer putting it
I committ to two solid and new applications daily. I HAVE
TO POST THEM AT THE ROBBINS SITE FOR ALL TO SEE. I will re-
read this posting daily to remind myself that I CANT ALLOW
MYSELF TO BECOME THAT MISERABLE HUMAN BEING THAT I SEE ten
years from now because I CHOSE not to take action today!!!
Ok Mastermind, I put out this challenge to myself and the
rest of the team. I know that Im not the only guy in the
Universe to put things off. The purpose of MASTERMIND is to
surround ourselves with like minded people with the same
vision, mission and purpose in life.
To BE THE BEST POSSIBLE HUMAN BEINGS WE CAN POSSIBLY BE.
Tony says that if you are a person with a lot of excitement
and energy without taking massive action, YOU ARE LIKE A
BOMB THAT IS READY TO EXPLODE AND DANGEROUS!
Passion is not my challenge at the moment. I will take,
WILL TAKE Massive ACTION, each and every day to be the
DYNAMIC, OUTSTANDING, DEDICATED, forward moving leader in
this community that I KNOW THAT I AM CAPABLE OF IN OTTAWA.
Just for today I humble myself with the knowledge that I
sometimes procrastinate and ask for the support and power
of our MASTERMIND to help me keep on track.
Smiles, there is learning for me in the last four days. I
know the things I HAVE TO AVOID, that little dream killer
called procrastination that can get in our way and make us
take costly curves!!
I REFUSE TO LET THAT DREAM KILLER STOP ME NOW.
Lets have an outstanding, MASSIVE ACTION WEEK MA!!