"The Power in Procrastination"

By Tammy Colvin

Procrastination. It seems almost a dirty word, doesn’t it? A noun tinged with guilt, rebellion, shame, avoidance, and laziness. Ouch. But is procrastination really a bad thing? Procrastination can serve a valuable purpose, and when we are talking about the Law of Attraction, it can help you enjoy the process and be inspired to create a far better result!


So we set out to do something. We know it can be done, should be done, but somehow we’re just not in the mood or the right place of mind to do it right now. That can be a wonderful thing! It’s all in how we look at it. Of course some things cannot wait, but when they can, procrastination can be a valuable tool. It may be our wise Inner Beings suggesting to us we are not in the right vibration to be inspired to the best action possible. Perhaps it is beneficial to wait for a more inspired time or thought or approach. Maybe the idea is not quite ready and your time and attention is better suited now towards relaxing, having some fun and letting go of the weight of the task so that we can approach it later when we are in a higher, lighter state of mind and vibration for an even better, smoother outcome. When we are relaxed and have let go, we open to a myriad of possibilities we cannot even see when we are pressing any issue. When we try to force action from a place of tension, the results are often hard to achieve and not nearly as wonderful as they can be when timing is right on and the results flow. When we are in the right frame of mind and have a great attitude, anything we do can and will be inspired, and the journey will also be a lot more fun!


Merriam-Webster says about procrastination: “English speakers borrowed the word in the 16th century from Latin procrastinatus, which itself evolved from the prefix pro-,meaning “forward,” and crastinus, meaning “of tomorrow.” Like its synonyms “delay,” “lag,” “loiter,” “dawdle,” and “dally,” “procrastinate” means to move or act slowly so as to fall behind. It typically implies blameworthy delay especially through laziness or apathy.” Yuck. So judgemental!


Oxford Dictionary defines procrastination as “the action of delaying or postponing something”. I much prefer this definition. It just feels better, doesn’t it?


So if the Latin – “pro”  – means forward, “crastinus” means tomorrow or the following day, I choose to interpret that as meaning forward until tomorrow, which is not that long to put something off. And this is my blog, so that is what I am choosing to go with. Procrastination begins with “pro” also meaning in support of (which is a positive sentiment), “yes” or “professional”, all of which I also approve of or am pro towards. So I am “pro” putting off until tomorrow what I am not jazzed about doing today.


I am pro-procrastination. 


Urban Dictionary defines “crastination” as “undefined use of time, Free time, Vague outcomes, Doodling, Occupying yourself with tasks unrelated to your purpose, Generally wasting time and other fun pursuits.” And I am definitely “pro” all of those things! There is tremendous power in play, letting go, and having fun! It all can elevate you to a high and loving and joyful vibration and every outcome from that emotional place will be a great one!


When we have a task at hand and approach it as work, or are tense and uptight about it, or do it with resignation, trying to get ourselves motivated to push through it and get it done, the results will be similarly tense and will reflect that energy. You may have a serviceable result, but it is unlikely it will be inspired and magnificent. It is when we are in that great feeling place, feeling relaxed and happy and at peace that our best ideas spring forth as inspiration, in the form of great ideas, creativity and the flow of that magnificent force of life energy.


Today, I had an idea to write about. Okay I actually had a number of things to choose from to write about, but was not sure which one I would find most inspiring today. It turns out that none of those ideas were ready to be hatched, because as I sat down to write, I found myself procrastinating, thinking about another project idea I had related to creativity and the law of attraction, and suddenly I was flooded with wonderful ideas about it, and the project after that one. It really blew my mind because suddenly, after general thought about that idea weeks back, I relaxed, and the inspirational ideas flooded forth unexpectedly. I intended to create with words today, but what I created was completely different than I had expected, and I feel excited and inspired! If I had not allowed myself to dawdle, delay or dally, those ideas would not have sprung forth, and this writing would have been about something quite different. So thank you, beloved procrastinatus, my sweet friend procrastination. I see you in a whole new light.


About Tammy:  Tammy is a Manifesting & Self-Love Coach who helps others feel their way to a joyous life. She lives in Upstate New York and is mom to one incredible human teenager and a handful of delightful furry people as well. She has been a spiritual seeker for a lifetime and has been studying and practicing the Law of Attraction for over 10 years, finding it an empowering & liberating tool for self-growth and self-actualization.


Tammy's Website - http://goodfeelingsmatter.wordpress.com

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