Cause of Procrastination Is Spiritual, Address It Now, Set Yourself Free
Do you ever have an important assignment at work, school, or even in life, and you purposefully distract yourself until the last possible moment? Everyone does it, and it is one of the most stressful self-sabotaging challenges that plague daily life: Procrastination.
Psychologically, you procrastinate because you are waiting for the motivation or the right moment—which never comes. Spiritually, the spiritual cause explains why. When you procrastinate, you are fighting the present moment instead of accepting it.
“Procrastination is the most common manifestation of Resistance because it’s the easiest to rationalize. We don’t tell ourselves, ‘I’m never going to write my symphony.’ Instead we say, ‘I am going to write my symphony; I’m just going to do it tomorrow,” writes Steven Pressfield in The War of Art.
Resisting reality is the sole reason for procrastination. Resisting, however, does not come alone.
Procrastination and Resisting Reality
When resisting reality holds you back from doing what you promised you will do, it is often because the work you are doing is not making you happy or inspired. Sometimes you still have to do it, and that is reality. By fighting this reality, you prolong the “suffering” because even while not doing the work, you are thinking about it, and it is likely making you stressed.
By accepting that the reality is—you need to this or that, you can complete it more quickly and be free.
The Obstacle of Fear
An accomplice that resistance comes with is fear. No matter how brave you are, everyone deep down is afraid of something. You may think that many are afraid of failure, and that’s what holds us back. While true, there are even more people who are afraid of success. Success means change and having to grow into a bigger role in life, and that can be scarier than failure. Failure often means things stay the same, and that is comforting to the “egoic” self.
Spiritual teacher and the author of “The Power of Now” Eckhart Tolle said; “Is fear preventing you from taking action? Acknowledge the fear, watch it, take your attention into it, be fully present with it. Doing so cuts the link between the fear and your thinking. Don’t let the fear rise up into your mind. Use the power of Now. Fear cannot prevail against it.”
When you focus on the now, you focus on the task at hand. When you procrastinate, you think into the potential future and are secretly afraid of the outcome or the unknown. Every time you get scared, instead of doing what you need to do, by habit you go to social media, or perform small automatic tasks that eat up hours if not days of your time.
Instead of resistance and fear, there is one solution you can implement.
Solution to Procrastination
To stop procrastinating, you have to focus on the now—the present moment. The majority of the thoughts in your head and playing over and over like a broken record. They are unnecessary and harmful. They keep you stuck in the loop.
To get out of this, you have to be mindful about your thoughts and if they are leading you in the path of fear and resistance.
When you are distracting yourself, stop what you are doing, take a few deep breaths, and ask yourself:
“What am I distracting myself from and what am I afraid of?”
The Power of Now, By Eckhart Tolle, Namaste Publishing, 1997
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles, By Steven Pressfield, Black Irish Books, 2002