O.G. Mandino in scroll 5 shares the hazards of the “killers of time”. Let’s zero in on these snipers, see how they utilize their resources in our lives and how we can terminate their future endeavors.
The first “killer of time” is procrastination. It is putting off or delaying, especially something requiring immediate attention. An example is doing the weekly blog. It is so easy to have distractions pulling you away from focusing on the assignment. Often we make an excuse that we are “multi-tasking”. However your brain is going crazy if this is actually true. You’re forcing your brain to spend time and effort loading and reloading content over and over again. That’s why it’s possible to spend an entire day multi-tasking but get nothing accomplished. You feel exhausted because you’ve used all of your brain energy switching instead of making progress in your daily goals. Whatever you don’t finish you procrastinate to the next day.
The next “killer of time” is doubt. Doubt is being uncertain about a situation, questioning or hesitating to believe, distrusting the nature of something or feeling uncertainty about the truth. When these doubts storm your brain they slow up production, create a blockage to team effort, and can initiate anxiety.
The last “killer of time” is fear. Fear is something that causes feelings of dread, an anticipation that something unpleasant might occur, or your own personal self-talk trying to convince you that you can’t do something. Fear cripples your self-esteem and confidence, which destroys the reality that you can be successful.
Now let’s look at how we can eliminate those “killers of time”. Procrastination can be destroyed by building the individual’s focus. There are several ways to build your focus. First, re-commit to your tasks by creating some sort of reward system that binds you to finish the task before you get started. There are programs on the internet that visually show you the importance of doing a given task. You need to write down what you want to get done in a realistic amount of time. Then set a timer for the given time and turn your assignment into a game, where you are competing against the timer. Eliminate your ability to do anything else during the set time but that task. Remove anything that might distract you from dong this task. Block your various websites while you are focusing on the task at hand. Turn off the T.V. or any misleading music that could get your mind thinking on other thoughts. Use a distraction sheet where you write down what is distracting you. This helps you get back into your work and your brain begins to refocus. Practice mediation once a day for training your mind to focus on your breathing. Once you’ve mastered this technique you can then move on to other things to focus on. Next inform your family that when you are in your office with a sign on the door saying “study time”, you are not to be interrupted, visited by other people who might want you to do things for them, or to give you your cell phone to answer a call. You have to rule your mind or your mind will rule you. Once your focus is in check then your procrastination habit will gradually disappear and you’ll replace it with action, which is performance along with completing accomplishments.
Doubt is buried under faith. In order to remove the doubt habit you need to predicate positive affirmations. You do this by putting the affirmations on note cards and post them in visible spots throughout your house. You need to associate with only positive people; ones that will build and support your efforts. As your faith and confidence is formulated, your doubt will liquidate.
Fear is dismembered with confidence. Confidence is built by being successful, not merely by an accumulation of riches, but through formulating ideas. An idea that will spark the individual’s interest and is something that he is willing to strive for; becomes his passion, a definite fixed purpose. Through this process, crippling fears get erased and confidence expands by seeing the idea come to manifestation.
You have a choice of being complacent with the “killers of time” or waking up cherishing each hour of the day; knowing it can never be returned. Its value is beyond price. Recognize too, the importance of pushing yourself beyond yesterday’s limits and being more prosperous is the key to fighting off the possible future “killers of time”. Prove your love by figuring out what the person you intend to become would do next?