I have been studying this word for some time. You see we all know its meaning, however, according to Wikipedia:

“Procrastination is the action of unnecessarily, and voluntarily delaying or postponing something despite knowing that there will be negative consequences for doing so.”

This takes be back to the fear of the unknown. However, let us analyze this some more.

From a psychological perspective, there are various drivers of procrastination, be it low self-confidence, a lack of structure, inability to motivate or drive yourself or it could be a fixation on negative thoughts.

It is important to understand or drill down on where this feeling of procrastination comes from and to find the best solution to pave the way forward.

Low self-confidence works hand in hand with low self-esteem. This can be caused by stress, relationship and work issues, financial and medical issues. But here is the thing, knowing where you are and finding the right coping mechanisms or tools will help you tremendously on this journey.

Also, I can never stop mentioning your TRIBE, that is, your group of like-minded friends who are your cheerleaders. Never be afraid to ask them for help.

Lack of structure. Not being able to prioritize and focus can create overwhelming anxieties. However, it is vital to practice writing down all the things you need to do in priority and ensure you stick to that list. After a while this exercise becomes easy.

In these low times, your mind plays tricks on you, remember to say your positive affirmations and most importantly PRAY.

Inability to motivate. Maybe you have a lack of passion for what you are doing, no set goals or simple don’t do anything. Dig deep to find out what is causing this lack of motivation and focus on overcoming same.

Fear. Such a small word but with a huge meaning. Fear can cripple your movement, your thoughts, bring about anxiety, sickness and prevent you from succeeding in your dreams and goals. The fear of failure can be very overwhelming, but if you don’t fail you will not succeed!

Failure allows you to analyze where you went wrong, what you could have done differently and what changes you need to make to try again.

Remember Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb? Mr Edison failed 1000 times in his attempt at inventing the light bulb.

So, can we have multiple failures at our attempt to succeed? Yes we can! Can you bounce back from failure? Yes, you can! It is all about having the stick-to-itiveness to succeed.

 Here are 3 nuggets to overcome procrastination:

  • Create a schedule with clearly identified due dates.
  • Ask for help. Ask someone to review your work. (your TRIBE)
  • Change your mindset.  Stop thinking you will fail or what the naysayers will say; just do it unapologetically!

If you are at this point and would like to get help, please send us an email at and we will be more than happy to help you along this journey



Copyright: Michelle-Nichola Cockburn

Published by Michelle Cockburn - Motivational Speaker

Wo.Men to Wo.Men Services reaches out to both Men and Women. We offer workshops on: Self Esteem and Self-Worth; Fear and its Impact on Self; Relationship Etiquette; Purposeful living and Customer Service Interface.

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