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How to overcome procrastination


by Bishop WF Abrahams
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Today, we will speak about a very important aspect affecting many of people in the world, particularly in Namibia but firstly, let’s read from Numbers 13:30, “And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.”
If we study the word of God, according Joshua 14:6-13, we discover that a certain man by the name Caleb is found and his name means “wholehearted”. When he spoke at this point, he was not a young man. He made his statement while addressing the people of Israel and he said in the presence of  Moses, “I am 85 years old,” and Moses said, “Give me the mountain,” he did not complain, murmur, nor did he at this age, procrastinate; he passionately looked forward to the task that had to be done.
Now, to have a better understanding of what I want to say, let us first and foremost define or explain what this word ‘procrastination’ means. According to the English Oxford dictionary, ‘procrastination’ means “to put off doing something, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness” or “to postpone or delay needlessly”. It also means “having a habit of keeping on delaying your action often indefinitely”.
How many times have you heard yourself saying that you will do something tomorrow and somehow that tomorrow never comes? It seems sometimes that in our minds, we think of doing something and even plan to do it but put it off for another day or the last moment.  I have found out that procrastination has certain detrimental effects on us in the long run, such as loss of very precious time and the waste of good opportunities. The habit of procrastination robs us of possible chances of earning more money, building on important relationships and all the happiness that we could have acquired. What we then discover is shocking, as we go through life; a constant practice of procrastination can result in poor health, lack of peace and security, fewer friends, which often lead to hopeless situations.
As we continue discussing this problem, I also understand that for the most part, a well organised person will always plan for tomorrow, work towards tomorrow and many a times, schedule things for tomorrow, not with the intention to delay but then sometimes, we suddenly see that we have not done the things we desired to do. Therefore, I wish to share some key reasons why we procrastinate and how to overcome this silent and destroyable spirit.

1. We normally wait for the right mood or time
2. We actually fear such as fear of failure,
3. We mostly fear to be ridiculed, rejected and
we fear perfectionism
4. We are also afraid of failing to set priorities right
Here are a few key motivational quotes concerning fear and how we can overcome procrastination.
Robert. G Allen (the late American businessman and democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives) that said, “Fear melts when you take action towards a goal you really want.”
Jim Rohn (American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker) also said, “The major reason for setting a goal is for what it makes of you to accomplish it. What it makes of you will always be the far greater value than what you get.”
But how can we overcome procrastination?
Let me give you at least four important points on how to overcome procrastination:
1. Take time to pray and confess to God so that the spirit of weariness may be broken over your life, because the Bible says in Galatians 6:9, “And let us not be weary in well doing; for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”
2. Take time to pray and fast for deliverance from bad thoughts, the Bible says in Proverbs 23:7, “For as he thinketh in his heart so is he.”
3. Take time to pray for the joy and fruits of the Holy Spirit to manifest in your life. The Bible declares in Galatians 5:22, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and self-control.”
4. Take time to pray for the fire and outpouring of the spirit of God. The Bible declares in Joel 2:28, “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh;
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.”
I pray that you implement these vital key points in your life.
Until next week,
God bless you abundantly.