The Price You Pay
After wracking my brain over and over for just the right way to start this blog I came to terms with the fact that I had a mental roadblock about procrastination. I was procrastinating. Ironic, right? After all this is a blog about the price we pay for procrastination. So here we go –
The great news is that I’ve been getting a lot of attention and inquiries into Mastermind group membership. The interesting part is that several of the people have said that they need to wait until after the summer. But how much is at stake and what price do they pay for not joining when opportunity is available?
First of all, the longer you procrastinate with anything the more you prevent yourself from meeting your goals. When well-meaning people want to get things accomplished before starting membership in a mastermind group, it’s the participation itself that’s going to get their goals accomplished. So they defeat the purpose! The reality is that you are far less likely to meet your goals because you procrastinated and no one held you accountable.
Having goals and tasks in your Mastermind group isn’t any different from having goals and tasks already for your business. Except they are clarified, specific, on-target and purposeful. Not time-consuming fluff. They are goals and tasks that your Mastermind group is helping you be accountable for completing. So time is really not the issue because you will be far more efficient in the time that you spend on getting your goals and tasks accomplished.
All the work that you’ll do is the work that you need to do to grow your business. It’s the work you would be doing anyway just better faster and stronger, more meaningful and more goal-oriented. You will be working on your business not just in it.
Whether it’s a big project you’re working on, like writing a book or landing a defined number of clients, your goal is far more likely to be achieved with the help of the Mastermind group. The power of the group pulls you out of the depths of procrastination and is the best way to move you from mental road-block to action.
So why wait?
Secondly, when you allow yourself to procrastinate it tends to have a rollover effect. You put something off for one day and then becomes easier to put it off for a week. Before you know it you start procrastinating for two weeks and then a month, and it just rolls on from there.
Holding yourself accountable to your goals – and being held accountable by others is a surefire way to make sure that you don’t procrastinate.
Being in a Mastermind group, a good one that is, is a guarantee that the little slip-ups don’t become bigger. It’s your best bet to make sure that you don’t allow yourself to accept the little things that get by and begin to ignore and excuse repeated stalling.
Your Mastermind group members won’t let you. The same is true for your participation in the Mastermind group for them. They depend on you to make sure that they are held accountable to meeting their goals as well. It’s a win-win for everybody.
The third way that you pay the price for procrastination is it reflects poorly on you. If you allow yourself a reputation as somebody who just lets things slip and you keep finding excuses, “Well maybe I’ll just call after lunch” and in the afternoon you think, “Well maybe it’s too late in the day and I’ll call tomorrow morning.” But tomorrow morning you think, “Oh they’re probably just too busy.” Pretty soon you’ve developed a reputation for being somebody that people won’t want to work with because they can’t trust you to follow through.
My least favorite excuse from people who take overly and unreasonably-long to follow through (or never at all) is “I’m just so busy!” We’re all busy. Saying you’re too busy implies that you think no one else is, and that your lack of follow-through won’t adversely affect someone else. It’s as if you assume they aren’t equally busy.
Remember your Mastermind group is shopping you just as much as you’re shopping them. You could be turned you away for not being dependable. Your group probably wants to keep the space open for somebody who they know they can count on.
In this day of business competition you can’t afford to have a reputation at someone who does not follow through.
Cutting Off Your Nose to Spite Your Face
According to The Grammarist, the idiom to “cut off your nose to spite your face” means you shouldn’t do something out of spite or revenge that will end up causing more harm to you than to the person with which you are angry. In other words, do not let your overreaction lead to self-harm.
I’ve also heard the figure of speech in much “tamer” situations; just causing yourself more harm than good for silly, selfish or even egotistical reasons.
Being too busy hoping to meet your goals, to actually meet your goals in a Mastermind is one of them. The best way to get beyond procrastination is don’t procrastinate. Stop paying the price. No matter what your nose looks like.