“You can’t just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood. What mood is that? Last-minute panic.” ~Bill Watterson

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Some of us have a certain sickness of the mind.

My symptoms are seen through procrastination and the games I play within that psychosis.

Currently, the playing pieces in my game sit this way:

A few months ago I penned a personal deadline on my 2013 calendar that said I would make contact with an interested literary agent about my revised manuscript by the first of October.

That’s today!

My internal clock says I’m out of time, even though the agent has no idea I’m late. In other words, my computer doesn’t blow up because the revision is asking me for a few more days. But here’s my biggest dilemma:

All indicators point to the fact that my procrastination tendencies are success blockers!!

When we make it our habit to procrastinate, decisions are held off while we juggle with our fears, because fear, doubt, and excuses are success blockers too!

Right now I lay all my cards on the table and admit that I’m scared to death to send that manuscript. I have pushed through labor pains over the past five years to birth this baby. She’s gotten incredibly more beautiful and quite a bit bigger, but I still fear that the world won’t accept her. There lies my procrastination.

At the same time, in my current state of deadline panic, the creative juices of this natural procrastinator should not be ignored. I’m on a roll! I see the light at the end of a long tunnel and it’s bright. The progress I’ve made in the last few weeks is astonishing.

So here are two lessons for all you fellow loafers:

1) Keep pushing past your slowpoke tendencies. Name your fears and push forward to conquer them. Play games with yourself by placing deadlines that might only exist in your own mind.

2) Use the pressure those imaginary deadlines bring to catapult you into creative panic. Then work your tail off while the Spirit moves your idle proclivity.

Short and sweet. That’s all. I’ve got a “deadline” to meet and a big beautiful day in front of me full of creative panic!

“Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can’t buy more hours. Scientists can’t invent new minutes. And you can’t save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.” ~Denis Waitley

 For more on the status of my manuscript and how you could really help me in this process, click here.

 

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