A completed task creates positive energy.
A completed task creates a positive habit.
The most successful people simply “Just Do It.”
Unfortunately, an incomplete task creates fatigue, negative energy, and a feeling of incompletion.
We have all procrastinated in our lives, and it is not a good feeling. If this continues and becomes a habit, it creates a life of “Death by Procrastination.”
Many people ask me how I can be a varsity head coach, a High School Principal, and write as much as I do. The first thing I say is I am incredibly organized. I have learned to get things done at the moment. I do not waste time. I do not procrastinate. If I have a free moment, I am doing something now that will make a task in the future easier.
I have learned the power of Newton’s First Law. I am always setting objects in motion. When I come back to these objects at a later time, I have moved them forward. It is much easier to continue to move objects forward when you do this.
This is essential for coaches. Never waste an opportunity to set a task in motion.
A few questions coaches should ask themselves:
Are you organized as a coach?
Do you procrastinate?
Are you a ‘doer’?
Do you simplify the complex?
Do you get things done?
Do you get frazzled easily?
Coaches are busy people. And the best coaches I know are “doers.” They are organized and efficient, and they simply get things done. They are able to simplify processes and simplify coaching. They know what matters, and they do not waste time.
Great coaches avoid procrastinating - they are able to think of a way to be more efficient and get things done. It is a very powerful feeling when you feel you have control over these day-to-day challenges.
If you want to build and maintain good habits, positive energy, and a strong feeling of completion, you must get into the habit of just doing it now!
James Albery wrote the following poem:
“He slept beneath the moon. He basked beneath the sun. He lived a life of going to do and died with nothing done.”
If you live a life of “going to do,” you are living a life of "Death by Procrastination."
This reminds me of another story...
“When I Become a Big Boy”
There was a little boy who said when I become a big boy, I will do this and this, and I will be happy. And when he became a big boy he said, when I finish college and do this and this and I will be happy. And when he finished college he said when I get my first job and do this and this I will be happy. And when he got his first job he said when I get married and do this and this and then I will be happy. And when he got married he said when the kids get out of school and I do this and this I will be happy. And when the kids got out of school, he said when I retire and do this and this, I will be happy. And when he retired, what did he see? He saw a life has just gone by in front of his very eyes.
- Author unknown
Get things done. Do things now.
Model this for your team. It will make your team better.
Do not live a life of “Death by Procrastination.”