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Good intentions are just that. They mean nothing without action. At some point we have to "Just Do It."

We know that getting started is the hardest part. It takes the most energy but once started there is some momentum. Some people think that time management explains why it is not getting done. But time management is not the issue. The root cause is our behavior and it manifests itself in procrastination.  Procrastination is something that we all have to confront and deal with from time to time. It's only natural to procrastinate at times, but the way you deal with your procrastination patterns will determine what effects procrastination has on your life.

Why is it that so many people start out with good intentions to achieve a goal but never achieve that goal? When you procrastinate you simply fail to take action on the very things you know will bring you the rewards that you desire. You know you want the rewards and know you must take action but you hold off, make excuses and, in short, procrastinate.

Procrastination can be caused by a fear—a fear of failure or the fear of stepping outside your comfort zone. You will certainly have to take actions that will make you uncomfortable. Your subconscious mind might react by "protecting" you. In the short-term the effects may be reassurance and comfort but there will be long term negative consequences.

You rarely seize opportunity and achieve results by waiting for it to come to you. When you set out to get what you want most, you may expose yourself to discomfort but you will also find opportunity. It's never a case of whether you have opportunities but rather whether you are noticing the opportunities? But even more importantly, are you using the opportunities or are you procrastinating? One thing is for certain: when procrastination becomes a habit, you won't even notice all of the opportunities on your doorstep. You will live your life in distraction, constantly looking for short term "pleasures" to avoid the real challenges that will cause you to reap the real results. You will always "turn a blind eye" to the real opportunities. Those who succeed are rarely the people with the most splendid opportunities. They are the people who saw an opportunity where no one else saw it, and then they took action to realize it.


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Out of all the negative effects of procrastination and indecision, the failure to spot and act on opportunity is probably the saddest. So many people with so much talent fail to live up to their true potential because of procrastination. The rewards you reap from life will be either a direct or an indirect result of your actions or your inactions. Not only will procrastination prevent you from reaping the rewards, but your inaction will prevent you from even being exposed to opportunity. Opportunity is knocking, but you have to take action and at least open the door. Don't let the effects of procrastination stand between what you are and what you can become. Once you stop procrastinating and decide to act you will find that opportunity is knocking.  For a similar post on our web site go to PROCRASTINATION IS AN OPPORTUNITY KILLER.


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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


My father used to say, "the road to hell is paved with good intentions."  Good intentions are invisible, results are not.  Have a superb week.  A

Jun 26, 2017 07:59 AM #9
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

I am always surprised at people who put off what they can do now. Lots of talk but you need to take action, as Nike said Just Do It!

Jun 26, 2017 12:48 PM #10
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Grant we are all temped by procrastination.  The question is are we going to control the procrastination, or are we going to let procrastination control us.

Jun 26, 2017 02:12 PM #11
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Ron and Alexandra - I had not heard the 2nd part of that quote.  Very good.

Nick and Trudy - like they say, why put off for tomorrow what can be done today.

George - that is right.  It is easy to procrastinate by getting side tracked.

Jun 27, 2017 05:25 AM #12
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is excellent advice to share. I will schedule an August reblog.

Jun 27, 2017 01:23 PM #13
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Grant, this is a great post to reblog, with excellent advice to everyone, no matter what field you are in.

Jun 28, 2017 05:21 AM #14
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around


Great post!  Procrastinating gets you nowhere.  If you do nothing, you get nothing.  Sometimes opportunity stares you in the face and if you do not act on it then, you will never get a second chance.


Jun 28, 2017 07:10 AM #15
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Grant -- it's important to have the tools in place to recognize the early signs of procrastination and inertia.  Not always easy...but definitely necessary.  

Jun 28, 2017 07:56 AM #16
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I have often hated it when people who are struggling in this business tell me I'm lucky.  Luck has nothing to do with it.  Like you said, I see opportunity where they don't.  

Jun 28, 2017 10:33 AM #17
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Knock Knock who is there .. Remember when we were children we were taught this rhyme  ?  Well there was a good reason wasn't there Grant Schneider  opportunity --Great post

Jun 28, 2017 12:03 PM #18
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Grant, love this post. Good intentions won't get us far, having written goals without work won't either. We have to take action.

Jun 28, 2017 01:54 PM #19
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Ironically, fear has been a problem for me but never procrastination. If I'm dreading or anxious about something, I prefer to get it over with and move on so I do it right away.

Jun 28, 2017 02:28 PM #20
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Good intentions is talk . . . . and won't get it done . . . . On purpose action will put us the path to getting it done.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jun 28, 2017 07:43 PM #21
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Roy - I always appreciate your support.

Joan - thank you for that.

Brigita - It is better to do something rather than nothing.

Michael - good point.  A self check is very important.

Chris Ann - the answer to that is the harder I work the luckier I get.

Hannah - yes I remember that game.

Beth - goals without action are unfulfilled commitments.

Sharon - that is the best way to deal with fear.

Lou - talk is cheap.

Jun 29, 2017 07:29 AM #22
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Grant Schneider  good intentions and $3.30 will pay for my cappuccino this morning.... get it into action and make it happen.... and then I'll have my large cappuccino with skim milk and 4 sweat n low!!!

Jul 09, 2017 03:56 AM #23
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Waiting for an opportunity to come to you rarely achieves the desired result...great post !

Jul 09, 2017 04:35 AM #24
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Grant Schneider ,

I'm so glad Gabe Sanders re-blogged your post! I missed it and its a good one. Procrastination can kill so many opportunities! Life is full of good intentions but you many times you just need to DO IT and make it happen! It has nothing to do with luck..just good ideas and carrying through with them.

Jul 09, 2017 04:50 AM #25
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Barbara - that is about all it good intentions are worth.

Sally and David - no it doesn't because the convenient time never comes.

Dorie - only was to take advantage of an opportunity is Just DO IT.

Jul 09, 2017 06:08 AM #26
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again Grant. I really enjoyed and appreciated this. How often we procrastinate when we could simply push through and make a difference.

Aug 17, 2017 07:46 AM #27
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Sheila - thank you for validating that. Procastination really kills.

Aug 17, 2017 11:51 AM #28
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