Getting Rid of Procrastination… Today

Our host today is R Kumar. If you're interested in getting in front of the readers of Site Sketch 101, check out our guest posting invitation here.

Let’s first understand the meaning of procrastination –

Procrastination is the act or habit of procrastinating, or putting off to a future time; delay; dilatoriness.

Have you ever wondered why you would put something off to a future time? I too did not have an answer to it until I met a wise man one day. I was reeling under the pressure to succeed in my Internet Marketing business and my career. I had no clue why I failed and was never able to taste success. I was frustrated.

As I sat over a cup of coffee with this wise-man, I poured my heart out to him as he listened patiently. After I had finished, he asked me, “Have you ever wondered why you procrastinate?”

I had no answer to his question. He slowly started to explain. “You are a victim of procrastination and you keep putting things off until later which results in the loss of important hours and minutes, finally leading to failures,” he said. I felt he was right.

When you procrastinate, you put off things until the future and you do this for less important things…like sleeping. This means that what is more important for you is sleep and not the work that you had put off. This means that you procrastinate because something that you are putting off carries less value to you than what you put it off for.

Getting rid of Procrastination

The only thing that stands between you and your success is procrastination. Knowledge can be acquired and if you are reading this article right now, it means that you already have the knowledge. Even implementation is not difficult but you need to get out of your procrastinating mode in order to do that.

How will you get rid of procrastination?

That wise man gave me two simple tips to do it. Let me share them with you.

Brand yourself with what is important

Prioritization is the most important of all. You should identify and agree to what is more important to you – a better education for your kids, catching a nice afternoon nap, freedom from the 9-5 treadmill, a daily television soap, a nice 4 bedroom mansion, or a party at your friend’s lakeside villa.

Decide what is more important to you. Then write it down on a sheet of drawing paper and stick a picture of your dream on it and put a date by which you wish to achieve it and stick it at your workstation. You may want to set a wallpaper on your laptop if you prefer that. Whichever mode you take, just ensure that your priority is right in front of you…always. Whenever you feel like putting off what you are doing to a later date just look at this sheet and ask yourself this question: What is more important?

Stop visualizing

What you visualize of the result of an activity is often much different than what it turns out to be – it is much more beautiful.

We experience this in our common lives. We often decide to re-arrange our bedrooms and visualize how our bed would look in the other corner or if it would fit the other corner. You look at the size of the bed and the space available and the space seems much smaller to accommodate your bed. But when you actually shift the bed you find that the space is much more that what it appeared to be. Have you experienced such a situation?

This is the phenomenon of “Shrunk visualization”. This is exactly what happend when we start to work on something. We visualize the activitied involved and the results and often feel that the results of what we are about to do is not as much rewarding as the efforts involved. Consequently we keep putting off the activity to a later date – We procrastinate.

Shed your visualizations. Start working without visualizing the results. Every step that you complete will encourage you to carry on and finish off what you have started and SUCCEED.

These two simple tips mentioned above, if followed judiciously can help you get rid of Procrastination and help you achieve success in anything that you do.

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  1. September 9, 2009

    Eric B. said:

    This is a very good post. I seem to suffer from procrastination very often.

    Although I don’t think that sleep is really the best example, because it is very important to get enough sleep. However, sleep could be a good example, because if you put of sleeping to do something else, there can be some negative health effects if you do it too often.


    • September 9, 2009

      Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

      Eric B. –> Yes and although sleep is good, it can become bad if it replaces a more important task. Nothing in excess. We need a good amount of sleep like 7 or 8 hours, but too much and then we are just wasting time.


      • September 12, 2009

        Mukund said:

        You are right! Too much of sleep is always bad! Being a workaholic is also bad! There should always be a proper balance between the time you sleep and time you work!


  2. September 9, 2009

    Ron Boracay said:

    A great first guest blog post at sitesketch101.com, R Kumar. I am enlightened.

    But I think a proper and reachable goal or visualization can be a great help for your success.


  3. September 9, 2009

    Funny Man said:

    R KUMAR, you are so great!!


  4. September 9, 2009

    Chanda | BizDharma.com said:

    I like the first point and the idea of wall paper is good. Would like to share a similar idea.

    What we can do is set alarms on mobiles, or have digital watches which beeps after every hour and when this beeps ask yourself “Is Whatever I am doing right now the best thing I should do right now or is there something more important” If you answer that right you are done !

    Another important thing to identify is the difference between urgent and important. That helps to sequence things well.


    • September 9, 2009

      Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

      Chanda | BizDharma.com –> Good input. Remember that sometimes good can be bad when it replaces the best. Those are good ways to remember to do the most important things.


  5. September 9, 2009

    Reza Winandar said:

    Off topic : Hey Nick, your post is published at DailyBlogTips.com, isn’t it? Congratulations! I’ve just commented on your guest post!


    • September 9, 2009

      Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

      Reza Winandar –> Thanks. I’m really excited that they were willing to publish my post. I’m getting ready to start guest posting a whole lot more in another week or so.


  6. September 9, 2009

    ZXT said:

    I am guilty of this. Too guilty sometimes. I’ll try the suggestion and always think which is more important, hopefully I can get rid of procrastination slowly.


    • September 9, 2009

      Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

      ZXT –> We are all guilty of this. It’s hard not to be but we all need to work on it.


  7. September 9, 2009

    Elena said:

    I have been a procrastinator ever since I was a kid. I found this post inspiring and can’t agree with you enough about prioritizing. Also, sometimes if you overthink things that can slow you down as well. You’ve given some really great tips and with much to learn. Thank you.


    • September 10, 2009

      Ron Boracay said:

      I have been into this kind of situation; making to many ideas and plans without proper prioritization and action.

      At the end, I didn’t finish anything I planned.


  8. September 9, 2009

    lindsay said:

    I think i have the opposite problems. I have TOO MUCH and just not enough physical time. It seems that all clients want things TOMORROW and no one wants to allow a designer to be a designer.

    I;ve got some of the BIG projects that I want, but theres no way to grow without more time in the day or more employees – both of which are not possible at this time..


  9. September 9, 2009

    Arisu said:

    Nice article, R KUMAR!

    I think that setting priorities is very important.
    Not only helps you to keep focus in what you do with your time, it´s also a great way to plan your actions in order to achieve all your goals and invest your money.

    Time and money are two things we spend on little things without notice and most of the time, those little things are keeping us away for our goals – like a nap you really don´t need or buying your everyday coffee instead of making it yourself.


  10. September 9, 2009

    Sat Chen said:

    Great article R. Kumar. I am too guilty of not spending time on the important things. This post will convinced me to give more prioprity to the more important stuff.


  11. September 9, 2009

    Owain said:

    No offense but some of the writing here doesn’t make any sense. I guess this comment will get deleted anyway for voicing an opinion that disagrees. Oh well. Such is the nature of blogs.

    He asked me, “Have you ever wondered why you procrastinate?” He slowly started to explain. “You are a victim of procrastination.

    Um what?

    “Procrastination is the act or habit of procrastinating.”

    Yes I am enlightened.

    Sounds to me like someone is writing content to make money. This article says nothing and goes nowhere. Just my two cents.


  12. September 9, 2009

    lindsay said:

    I agree.. the comments are a little VANILLA.. but you really did LOOSE the actual reason WHY you procrastinate. The answer is right in the next paragraph. You procrastinate because you give a higher value to one thing over the other.

    You value NAPS more than WORK.. well, to some people that is totally ok. They prefer to work less and relax more and be happy with the stuff that they have. Success is different to different people. To some its fame and fortune, to others its living in a modest house and making a modest living in which you work less and relax more..

    SOOOOOo he was asking you to look at what is important to you.. REALLY. Is your ultimate goal to not have to work? Or is it to work at a massive graphics firm or BECOME a massive graphics firm? Depending on what you REALLY feel, will have an impact on what you end up doing and in which order


  13. September 9, 2009

    Owain said:

    People procrastinate because the things that give you rewards in life are hard. People don’t like hard work and always look for the easiest way. I didn’t miss the point, I just know bad writing when I see it. Procrastination isn’t a particularly complex or interesting topic.

    Procrastination is often a good thing anyway. For example choosing not to do unimportant jobs and focusing on what is important hence the Pareto principle. There are two sides to every coin. I still think this article was superficial filler rather than enlightening wisdom.

    Self discipline and procrastination are closely related. Self discipline is…

    “The ability to make yourself do the things you should do, when you should do them, whether you feel like it or not.”

    If you develop a strong self discipline you won’t worry about procrastination.


    • September 9, 2009

      Arisu said:

      I think self discipline is one of the most important things to achieve your goals, but if you don´t realize what your goals are then you´re never going to get them, right?

      I think that the point of the article is: find what your goals are and STOP procastinating.

      And for the record not all “the things that give you rewards in life are hard” – depends on what kind of reward you´re looking for and if you have any idea or not on how to get them- I think that the best rewards in life are the ones that come along the hard work, but those ain´t always the ones you´re looking for.

      P.S. The article does have a lot of mistakes, but I guess that as many of the readers at sitesketch101 English ain´t the first language of Kumar.


  14. September 9, 2009

    Owain said:

    P.s. sorry for hijacking your blog. : )


    • September 9, 2009

      Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

      Owain –> That’s alright. I enjoy hearing people present different opinions. I understand that the article may not be the absolute highest quality in the world, but I’ve been trying to give new bloggers a chance to post a guest post on here about once every week or two. I think that although that one paragraph may have lacked, I think that he made up for it in his strong points in the follow up.


  15. September 9, 2009

    Wayne from idetectorist.com said:

    Hey Nicholas…how would you fit “pacing” into blogging. Say you want to do regular posts every week. If you “do it now” you have all your articles at once, then a dry spell as you come up with ideas. Maybe write ’em out, then release them on a regular basis?
    Keep up the great work.


    • September 9, 2009

      lindsay said:

      It is the BEST thing to do write a bunch of articles if the juices are flowing, and instead of putting them ALL out at once, schedule and horde them for when you have a dry spell.. that is a GREAT way to take advantage of your good days and filling in your bad ones


      • September 10, 2009

        Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

        lindsay –> I agree. Your completely right. If you publish too many at once they won’t all get read anyways. No one is going to sit at your site and read article after article unless they are just out of this world. But they will read one today. Another tomorrow…and another the next day. Overall you’ll even get more traffic by spreading them a bit. Of course if you spread them too thin then the traffic curve goes back down.


    • September 10, 2009

      Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

      Wayne from idetectorist.com –> Almost every post I write ends up getting a future date on it. I try to keep all of my posts scheduled out about a week and I usually use my days off like Saturday and Sunday to really push out some more articles. It is important for you to assess how many good quality articles you can produce each week. Then set up a schedule that you can easily meet. Don’t set up a schedule that is going to put a strain on you. Choose something that is manageable. Then just work to make sure you have an article ready to publish a couple of days before each deadline. If you can get two or three articles ready at a time then spread them out over your schedule.

      For example, if you decide to write every Monday and Friday and you write three posts one week then push the third one off until next Monday’s edition. Does that help?


      • September 10, 2009

        Wayne from idetectorist.com said:

        Absolutely makes sense.
        Thanks Nicholas and Lindsay for responding.


  16. September 10, 2009

    R Kumar said:

    Almost all the comments were worthy of the read.
    @Owain – Thanks for the feedback. I appreciate your point of view.
    Per my belief everyone expects a reward for their efforts. Your comment here also has an expectation in some form. So my expectation of earning some money, if that was my motive (though it wasn’t) is not uncalled for. Having said that my actual expectation is a bit of publicity while I spread some wisdom.
    Also it is said that the simplest things in the world are the most difficult. We all know that a brisk walk can help prevent heart diseases, still 87% of the people suffering a heart attack had never gone for a walk.
    Anyways thanks for taking the time out to read the post and comment.
    @Nick – thanks for your support.


  17. September 10, 2009

    Pinaybackpacker said:

    Oh I am definitely guilty of this. In my humble opinion, procrastination comes from being selective about what we do. Of course, there are tasks that we enjoy doing more than others.

    For me, a little visualization helps. For example, when I fist started blogging I didn’t really want to promote my site. I was too shy to put myself out there. But when you only get 5-10 readers a day and no one comments on your posts you will eventually feel discouraged about the whole thing.

    So, I visualized on getting more traffic, getting more readers and commentators to my blog. I kept imagining it until well, I started to come out of my shell. Now, I am able to prioritize bloghopping and commenting on other blogs regularly because I know I need to connect with people. Otherwise, no one would even know that my blog exists! And i’m starting to really enjoy it, too. As opposed to just thinking of it as a chore or a task.

    I think people who really enjoy what they’re doing and are passionate about it do not have the time to procrastinate. They’re too wired up about their goals and the steps they need to take to get there the problem usually is how to just get them to stop and relax once in a while.


    • September 10, 2009

      Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

      Pinaybackpacker –> I’m glad that you’ve learned to come out of your shell and that you’ve stopped by and connected with me here. Also I like your input about about motivated people being too wired up with their goals and objectives and that drives them not to procrastinate.


  18. September 10, 2009

    ZXT said:

    I respect each others opinion including Owain BUT I still find this article beneficial to me. I will try from now on to way my priorities to get a job done whether it is work or house chore.


  19. September 10, 2009

    Bruce Teague said:

    I procrastinate most things in life… everything but my blog. I’ll obsess over minor details until they are solved even if it’s into the wee hours of the morning or at the expense of time with my wife and kids. I decided this week I need to put more things off till later when it comes to blogging. Because like the article said. I had to prioritize what really was important.


    • September 10, 2009

      Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

      Bruce Teague –> I have a wife and daughter, so I know exactly what you mean. You have to make time for what is really important in life.


      • September 10, 2009

        Bruce Teague said:

        You need to do a post on how you spend your time on the blog to get everything done! Work, wife, and daughter. Teach me some time management tips my man. Or at least teach me how to keep my wife from getting angry when I spend to much time on the blog.


        • September 10, 2009

          lindsay said:

          i will tell you EXACTLY how to get your wife to not get pissed about you being on your website all the time.. GET HER HER OWN BLOG!

          Get her started, teach her.. and there you have it


          • September 10, 2009

            Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

            lindsay –> Ha ha. Great solution. Maybe his wife and my wife can work together.


            • September 11, 2009

              Arisu said:

              You know what? I want a post from Diane ^^
              How is it to be married/living with a blogger? I bet it would give a little perspective to many of us.


        • September 10, 2009

          Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

          Bruce Teague –> You just have to tell her, “WOMAN…GET IN THE KITCHEN!” Just kidding. I highly recommend that you do not say that. You will probably end up sleeping on the porch. I’ll put together an article about that because it is a great topic.


          • September 11, 2009

            Pinaybackpacker said:

            Hahaha…do not even think about telling her THAT! You might end up hungry WHILE sleeping on the porch for a whole week!!!

            Seriously, I’d love to hear about more about managing one’s time.:D


            • September 11, 2009

              Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

              Pinaybackpacker –> I would be hungry because my wife is a phenomenal cook. I’ll be sure to put some information out about that because sometimes it really can be like a juggling act.


        • September 11, 2009

          Ron Boracay said:

          How to keep your wife from getting angry? Hmmm, I think, show him/her how popular blogger you are and if you are blogging for extra cash, show her how big is your earnings.

          I am sure, she will be the one to push you up to blog for more.

          He he he


  20. September 11, 2009

    ZXT said:

    Make your wife as a guest blogger then maybe she’ll get the hang of it…but then you had to take care of the children 🙂


    • September 11, 2009

      Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

      ZXT –> Ha ha. I like that. I should have her come on here and write a post. That would be lots of fun.


  21. September 11, 2009

    Bruce Teague said:

    My wife has her own blog, has for years. Just a blogger one for friends and family.. although not too much different in the content than mine, hah. Sometimes we even post about the same things. She’s actually into reading a lot blogs as well. I find some good ones via her. The difference between us is I’ll spend forever on tiny little details and networking with other bloggers. She doesn’t nor does she understand why I do.


    • September 11, 2009

      Ron Boracay said:

      I see, so I think, you must tell her the positive side of what you do; networking with others. But don’t just overdo it. Be sure to spend some time with her, better yet, take her to a vacation (of course, leave your laptop so there will be no temptation on going online).


    • September 12, 2009

      Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

      Bruce Teague –> That’s funny. Our wives never understand us.


  22. September 11, 2009

    Diane C said:

    Wow and to think I wasn’t going to read all the comments on this post because it was getting late.
    I’ll consider guest posting for my husband Nick about his blogging sometime.


    • September 12, 2009

      Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

      Diane C –> Ha ha. Aren’t you glad you stopped by and checked it out?


    • September 13, 2009

      Arisu said:

      Diane>>

      Oh, you should stop by more often 😉 We have tons of questions about Nick´s blogging… does he post from the kitchen table? the yard? he roof? does he make you proof read his posts? or he doesn´t want you to read them till it´s done?


    • September 18, 2009

      ZXT said:

      So when do we expect the first guest post?


  23. September 12, 2009

    Mukund said:

    I think this is the first guest. I may be wrong but what ever, it inspired me! Thanks for the post R KUMAR and thanks to Nicholas too!


    • September 12, 2009

      Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

      Mukund –> This is actually the third guest post on here and they’ve all been great so far.


  24. September 13, 2009

    Andrew said:

    I’d have to disagree entirely with your concept of not visualizing your end result.

    Think about this concept for a moment.

    ie:
    I want to build a money making blog. I don’t visualise the end result. I just focus on each task day after day. I get no visitors initially, I can’t seem to get comments, I have to wait for all the inbound links to get cached, and I spend hours on end commenting on blogs and forums.

    That’s a lot of work right. And most blogs, even the most successful ones take a fair amount of time to start driving traffic.

    Would you honestly continue to do all of that without visualising the end result? Of course you wouldn’t. There’s too much work and not enough immediate result.

    However if you are visualising what you want as a result, then its far easy to push yourself to do those things that we would normally procrastinate on because each of those tasks get you one step closer to you destination.

    Of course this is just my opinion and what works for one person may not work for another.


    • September 13, 2009

      Ron Boracay said:

      You got a great strong point there buddy. I think, that post is a case to case basis.


    • September 15, 2009

      Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

      Andrew –> Those are good thoughts. I make it common knowledge that I am constantly visualizing myself doing great things online. I’m not there yet but that is definitely my goal.


  25. September 13, 2009

    Ana said:

    That’s great that someone shed a light, when you needed it. In most cases it is when you are ready to acknowledge the very root of why it happens, and to rectify a part of yourself.

    I find that procrastination is rather a sidetrack of not being good enough to tackle an activity, closely related to what you think you can or can’t do as a person. This is all part of that self worth/ego character that we create in our day to day lifes.

    Sometimes we loose track of things, because we’d rather distract ourselfs with things which are of an easy nature, rather than confront the things we would like most to do, because they are different in comparison. I don’t thing these sidetracks make it less important than the big ones, it just maximises our choices.

    Of course action is better applied, than said, but even then there is action in procrastination and that is the cause of effect that led you there through choice.

    Procrastination shouldn’t be seen as a barrier, it should be seen as an eye opener. I think procrastination is ultimately about learning who you are within the choices you make, and understanding what you can do as a person. Much like anything else.

    I think there is always a place for visualisation if you know you can achieve these dreams, and you won’t stop yourself to get there. Every bit of action is visualisation in the making, perhaps not in the way we imagine, but it still is part of what drives our energy. (brain)


    • September 13, 2009

      Pinaybackpacker said:

      I really appreciate your insights Ana. I also agree with you that we should use ‘procarastination’ as a tool to learn about ourselves. We should definitely ask ourselves WHY we are putting off doing particular things.

      Do we find it difficult? Or painful? If that’s the case, then it becomes even more more imperative to deal with the issue.

      Because the more we avoid it, the more we feel guilty about NOT DOING IT, right?

      And this results into us getting more frustrated. Which in turn undermines our self-esteem.


    • September 14, 2009

      Ron Boracay said:

      Ana, your comment added value to the post. It can be a great post indeed. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about the issue.


  26. September 14, 2009

    Andrew said:

    True almost all things are case by case but if we learn from Van Gough he said, “I’ve never painted an original in my life, I would dream it first, and then paint it”

    Or Napoleon Hill, “what the mind can conceive, and believe, it can achieve”.

    I think you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who has had major success in their life who could honestly say that they didn’t visualize, and because they did they were able to push through the difficulties.


    • September 14, 2009

      Andrew said:

      OK this doesn’t make sense now. It was a reply to a comment on page 1. oops.


    • September 19, 2009

      Ron Boracay said:

      Andrew, I think this reply of yours is for my previous comment.

      Anyway, proper visualization with reachable, realistic and attainable goals can make a big difference on how you approach your life.

      I mean, make sure to set a life goal. Without it, there is no purpose for us to grow more.

      It just like you come out on the street and drive freely on the way without any proper idea where the hell you will go.


  27. September 16, 2009

    akira07 said:

    This post is contradictive with what i read from the law of attraction. In the law of attraction i’m always learn to visualize the detail (very detail) of the result.
    Hmm, i can’t choose which is better because both of you and the law of attraction have own opinion and proof/experience. I need to learn more about psychology


    • September 18, 2009

      ZXT said:

      Same here. I think visualization helps in getting the job done. Visualize then let that be your guide. It’s like seeing yourself a few years from now. If you keep on thinking that your blog can be at par with John Chow then it helps you strive more and more.

      Without a visualization, its hard to get the proper motivation.


      • September 19, 2009

        Ron Boracay said:

        Right! Like what most of the businessman and successful said, failing to plan (which is a visualization process), is planning to fail.

        Visualizing and proper planning on a certain goal or concept is a half won battle.


        • September 19, 2009

          Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

          Ron Boracay –> That’s a really good quote. I really like that.

          “Failing to plan is planning to fail.”


  28. September 19, 2009

    R Kumar said:

    The discussion is getting hotter and interesting.
    I would want to agree somewhat to the discussion that is ensuing, but would also want to debate on the aspect of visualization.
    I guess, a lot of people out here are mistaking visualization for foreseeing or, pre-planning.
    There is a difference between the two. Visualization is the act of creating a mock of an idea or, thought that you have in your mind. The dictionary meaning says, “Visualization is to form a mental image of; envisage”. It is a sort of a dummy created in your mind. For eg: a “HORIZON” is a visualization. It is not actually there but you assume that the sky meets the earth. Similarly, visualization often tends to be much different that the actual. More often that not it is much inferior to what the actual is, because your mind is programmed to go only to an extent. But your dreams are something that exists beyond that extent.
    Pre-planning or, foreseeing is an act where you put yourselves in a position or, state that already exists and is occupied by a different person or, material and adjudge yourselves. This is where you assume you are John Chow or, Darren Rowse or, for that matter Bill Gates and dream of being one.
    Foreseeing and dreaming is not harmful but can benefit a lot. But visualization and dreaming often prompts you to discard your dreams for inferior things.


    • September 20, 2009

      Andrew said:

      Perhaps its a difference of opinion, understanding or translation but I’d also debate with you.

      The grandfathers of personal development, Florence Nightingale and Napoleon Hill have both taught us and cited many cases spanning more than a century of evidence that visualization, beyond anything else, is the key to ultimate success.

      Using your example of the ‘horizon’. That is not a visualization rather it is an illusion.

      I would tend to agree that a visualization and an illusion do tend to blend into one another, in the sense that they are both a perception of a reality that in fact does not exist.

      However through my understanding and learning from those two grandfathers of personal development, I would explain the difference as this.

      The horizon, an illusion, is like a pipe dream. In other words it’s something that your wishing for, hoping for but lack the physical determination or in the case of that horizon the physical control, to turn into a reality.

      A visualization however is usually based on a goal. A goal is a definite result, that by definite and controlled behavior and actions can be changed from an ‘illusion’ or pipe dream into a reality.

      Hence we have no power to turn an illusion into a reality but we have total control to create a vision in our minds of what you choose our lives to be, then take the definite and appropriate action to make that dream become out reality.

      If your reality does not very closely resemble you vision, then your are not taking appropriate action to make it your reality.

      Thomas Edison did not pre-plan the electric light bulb. In fact it’s quite the opposite. Had he pre planned then he would have likely given up at failure number 3496. But he had a vision. To light every home and every street with electric power. That dream drove him to never give in, even when his critics called him crazy. Luckily for us he did have a dream and he also had conviction. If not we may still be lighting our home by gas power.

      I don’t agree that one will discard a dream or a vision merely because it was a dream or a vision. If that were the case Dr King would be know for nothing more than being a local preacher.

      Instead he had a dream, and took great and diverse action to make that dream his reality. He may not have lived to see his reality develop however the vision is what motivated him to continue even through his darkest hours.

      People don’t give up on their dreams. They give up on themselves. They convince themselves that it’s useless, that no matter what they do the world will beat them down. And yet they die, with that same dream still firmly set in their mind.


      • September 21, 2009

        Ron Boracay said:

        Andrew, this comment of yours is actually, can become a good blog post. Wow!.

        I am really enlightened with this, and made me think and rethink once again what shall I do next for my future.


        • September 21, 2009

          Andrew said:

          Ron I write quite a lot on my blog about these ideas and concepts. If you’re ever in my part of the interwebbyworld, check out the personal development section.


  29. September 21, 2009

    ZXT said:

    I think it also got something to do with positive thinking.

    Most excellent sportsmen visualize their moves or game plan before executing it. Without visualization I think their success would be limited. I can say the same thing about coaches.


    • September 21, 2009

      Andrew said:

      I agree totally ZXT. Back in the 1970’s (I can’t remember which country I think it was East Germany) ran an experiment on visualization with their basketball team.

      The team was divided into 3 groups. On the off season, for 6 weeks they were told to train using a different method.

      Group 1: Don’t train at all.
      Group 2: Spend 4 hours every day shooting hoops.
      Group 3: Spend 1 hour a day visualizing shooting perfect hoops.

      At the end of the 6 weeks the group who didn’t train at all was predictably worse than where they were at before the break.

      Group 2 had very marginal improvements.

      Group 3 however, this is the group who did nothing but visualize shooting hoops, had a whopping 60% improvement in their goal shooting.

      It was from that point on that sports people in particular adopted the idea of visualization to improve on their previous results and to see the result they wanted in their mind order to make it happen in their reality.


      • September 21, 2009

        Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

        Andrew –> Wow. That’s an interesting study. Good stuff. Thanks for that illustration.


      • September 21, 2009

        Arisu said:

        Andrew>>

        Actually, I read that most US national sports team visualize themselves competing and winning as part of their trainning.

        Also, the human brain can´t distinguish well between real and unreal, that´s why when you have a bad dream you weak up crying, sweating or with your heart racing.

        So “dreaming” of success can lead you to success, since you´re already tasting it -and I think that´s key to boost your confidence-.


        • September 21, 2009

          Andrew said:

          Arisu, that’s exactly right. I considered adding that to the comment but I’m sure you’d agree my comment was long enough. 😉


          • September 22, 2009

            Arisu said:

            Andrew>>

            When you do comments like those, I doubt anyone would complain about the length -wisdom is not something you find easily-.


      • September 21, 2009

        Ron Boracay said:

        Inspirational story there Andrew. So that story somewhat a contrary to “practice makes perfect” that I always heard with team coaches and captains.


        • September 21, 2009

          Andrew said:

          I was taught slightly different so I don’t agree that practice makes perfect.

          Practice makes permanent.

          If you learn something the wrong way and practice it the wrong way you’ll certainly be perfect…at doing it the wrong way.

          So as I say practice make permanent, and relearning something is very difficult once you’ve established a habit.

          So before you start to practice something over and over, make certain that your are doing it right to begin with.


          • September 21, 2009

            Ron Boracay said:

            Now Andrew, you made me think here, not only with your comment, that really have a big point, but also, with your personality.

            Are you a motivational speaker or success speaker or what?

            Man, your words and explanation are not only inspiring but also a mind and eye opener.


            • September 21, 2009

              Andrew said:

              Wow thanks for the compliment Ron. No I’m not a motivational speaker in a professional sense, but with 8 kids and a clear duty to teach them well it goes with the territory.

              I have spent a great deal of time learning about personal development and self improvement though. I was learning about it years before it became popular.

              For me it was out of necessity. I actually used to be a very negative, cynical and closed minded person. Then I was lucky enough to meet some people who gave me some ideas and I ran with it.

              I’m very happy that what I’ve said has inspired you to look at your own situation and look for opportunities for improvement.


              • September 23, 2009

                Ron Boracay said:

                And I am thankful that you are here. I mean, you share your experience, thoughts and opinions.

                I think, I can change some habits that somewhat, a contrary to what is much effective.

                Like that “practice makes perfect”. I didn’t think of that someone will disagree with that traditional saying. It was heard all over some major events and conferences.

                I am looking forward for more of your words Andrew.

                Seriously speaking, I am learning here!


                • September 24, 2009

                  Andrew said:

                  Thanks Ron, it really is great knowing that my words and ideas have been able to impact you in such a positive way.


                • September 24, 2009

                  Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

                  Ron Boracay –> I had always heard that adage also but then I heard someone challenge it and phrase it this way “Perfect practice makes perfect.” You have to practice doing it the right way and then you will improve.


              • September 24, 2009

                ZXT said:

                8 kids?!? Are you trying to build a soccer team Andrew? If you do then you still have time 🙂

                I only have 1 and it teaching me a lot of things already, patience is number 1 I’ve learned not to mention unconditional love.

                I can only imagine with 8 kids, you must have learned a whole lot about life.


  30. September 21, 2009

    lindsay said:

    Is it possible that, because of the issue with the english language, they said “visualization” but they meant more like “day dreaming”

    Like, sitting in front of your computer and dreaming out being on a river fishing, or being on a beach sun tanning??

    It was just a thought that popped into my head, because ALL of those “Self help” gurus and books (like the secret) say that visualizing yourself doing great things is the way to success, and MOST people agree with that to some extent


    • September 21, 2009

      Andrew said:

      I think you might be right Lindsay which is why I started that last post the way I did. I could be simply in the translation.


    • September 21, 2009

      Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

      lindsay –> You’re probably right Lindsay. It probably is just a mis-communication among us.


  31. September 21, 2009

    Ron Boracay said:

    Well, I think there might be something wrong on how the author of this article delivers his word or article. Hmm. Maybe, Lindsay, you have a point.


  32. September 24, 2009

    ZXT said:

    But, on the other hand the author is from India and we all know India is a great English speaking country. I don’t how the message got lost in translation though.


    • September 24, 2009

      Andrew said:

      You could be right but I say lets give the benefit of the doubt in this case.

      I did find it a very unusual article and contemplated the idea but I still believe that it is only through an idea that holds a deep emotional attachment that will give us the desire to make the changes in out lives that will lead us to success.




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