I don’t believe in the word procrastination. Like, I don’t really believe in that word. I told a young lady in Australia who told me she was a procrastinator, I said look, “If I told you to meet me here tomorrow at five a.m. and I am going to give you three million dollars, where would you be?” She said, “I would be right there at four fifty-nine ready to get that three million dollars.” And I said, “So then, there is no such thing as procrastination. What it is is, it’s not important to you.”
Right? It’s not meaningful to you, its not something thats urgent to you. And when something is not urgent you put it off. So yep, you’re in school, yes. You probably are getting grades, etc., but if its not meaningful to you, if its not important to you, then you are not going to make it a priority.
So what you have to do is find out how can you make it meaningful? How can you make it purposeful, how can you make it stick? And when you can find that out, I promise you, you will get up early, you will get there first and you will do whatever it takes to make that goal a reality. So for me, no such thing as procrastination. Its such a thing as, its not a priority to you.
You said you were going to graduate this year, you were going to finish college this year, you said you were going to run a marathon, right? This is what you said out of your mouth. All I am doing is I’m saying — listen to me, I’m not telling you what to do. I’m not telling you you should do this, you should do that, you should do this, I didn’t tell you all year what you should do. But what I did tell you is don’t talk about it, be about it.
You should be tired. Alright? You should be tired of talking about it and you should be at a place where you do something about it. Alright
The reason why you have not become successful, the reason why you are not like a locomotive, the reason why you are not having success in your life, is because every single day you got an excuse. And I need you to do me a favor — I made my last excuse yesterday. My last reason, I came up with my last reason yesterday of why I can’t do what I’m suppose to do. And so, I need you to do me a huge favor, all your excuses, all your good reasons, everything that is keeping you from doing what you are supposed to do, I need you to put it behind you and say, “Yesterday was the last day for that foolishness.”
Yesterday was the last day to say I don’t have money to do this, I don’t have enough money to go to school, I don’t have enough money to get a computer, I don’t have what it takes, I’m not smart enough, right, I don’t write well enough, I don’t sing well enough that’s why I didn’t do my cd, I didn’t write my book because I’m not on that level — Listen to me, you better hear what I am saying. Yesterday was the last day that I want to hear an excuse. It’s over with.
I was embarrassed, I said, listen to me: no more defeats No more defeats man, no more. I was tired of feeling defeated, I was tired of talking about I was going to do it and then do it, and I hated the feeling of when someone asked me “Yo E, where the book,” and I aint got it. I was tired of getting beat. I was tired of defeat. And I said “I’m going to get it done.”
Every time you set this big goal, you never get it accomplished because you never break it up into manageable pieces. This is it, I’m talking about procrastinators, you still have time. Don’t quit. Don’t give up. You still have time. You can do it, you can make it happen. But you can’t do it procrastinating, you can’t do it talking about it, alright.
So I just want to go back and recap because I want to make sure you hear what I’m saying — I dare you, I double dare you to do exactly what you said you were going to do when the year started because its not too late.
— Eric Thomas
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