Do you procrastinate? Of course you do. We all do. It seems to be a part of modern human nature.
It seems that our modern style of life has made us adapt to a certain amount of leisure.
Having the ability to get into our metal boxes with rubber wheels and go anywhere we want. As we stare into devices with the ability to communicate with the world. And being able to buy and sell anything ever produced at the touch of a button.
All these things make us look super-human, compared to just 50 years ago.
As awesome as modern technology is, we can’t deny that it makes it easier to put things off for later.
I love being able to push a button and keep myself entertained for hours. It’s just so tempting to slack off. Especially when your free time is limited.
Over the years I’ve studied my tendencies to procrastinate. For instance, I’m more likely to procrastinate after a night of boozing or meaningless sex. Now, I try to avoid those circumstances.
I’m also more likely to procrastinate after a full day of procrastination. Seems like if I put something off one day, it makes it much easier to put it off the next. Now, I try to avoid procrastination for more than 24 consecutive hours.
The main reason we procrastinate is because we value immediate gratification much more than long term reward.
Steven Pressfield refers to this procrastination as resistance. The way he talks about it makes it seem as if there was a third party to our lives. As if Resistance was a physical being whose sole purpose in life was to keep you from accomplishing your dreams.
“But Resistance doesn’t come alone”, Steven says in “The War of Art.” “Resistance can often be seen alongside Rationalization.”
That’s how you allow yourself to put things off. You would never say; “I’m never starting my own business.” You would rationalize it by saying; “I’m starting my business tomorrow.”
What we find, is that tomorrow rarely comes.
In “The war of art,” Steven Pressfield explains that we all have a calling. A reason for existing. Yet, day after day, Resistance keeps us from taking the necessary steps to reach that potential.
My favorite part is when Steven talks about being in his 40’s before anybody bought what he was writing. Admitting to procrastinating and rationalizing himself into a life of being an on-the-road trucker. Putting off his dreams for so long.
“Are you a writer who doesn’t write, a painter who doesn’t paint, an entrepreneur who never starts a venture? Then you know what Resistance is. Resistance will tell you anything to keep you from doing your work.” -Steven Pressfield
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that our main topic of discussion is starting a drop-shipping business.
Does this mean that my calling in life is to run a drop-shipping business? Absolutely not. All it means is that drop-shipping is a great source of income. I use it as a tool; while I work toward pursuing my true passions… building businesses, learning, traveling, and writing.
Procrastination and Resistance are an inevitable part of life. Just know that every time you attempt to pursue something worth pursuing, you will feel Resistance. That’s how you know it’s worth pursuing.
I’m sure as an entrepreneur you have done your share of procrastination. I know that finding items on eBay to list on Amazon can get pretty frustrating at times. Putting it off just seems way better than powering through it.
I’m here to tell you that Resistance never goes away. I put off writing this blog for 3 days. I literally procrastinated writing about procrastination. The word irony comes to mind.
As you build your eCommerce business, you will consistently be at war with Resistance.
I’m here to help you by pointing out that overcoming Resistance is important to the process of your personal and business development.
I’m also here to help guide you by writing about my wins and losses as I develop my entrepreneurial skills.
If you want to learn how to build a drop-shipping business from the comfort of your own home, without ever having to touch any inventory; you might want to consider purchasing my eBook; “The 60 day guide to $1,000 in monthly income. How to leverage eBay & Amazon and never touch any inventory.”
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If you’re a little more advanced, and you’ve developed your drop-shipping business into a consistent, cash-flow business; then you’re probably ready to take things to the next level. That’s where I would recommend you invest in yourself and purchase Steve Chou’s “Create a Profitable online store” course.
This course is packed with step-step video guidance on how to build a real, profitable eCommerce business.
If you’ve really been kicking Resistance in the ass and have evolved your eCommerce business to the point where you need help; then you will need to hire a full-time virtual assistant. But not just any VA. With the “Replace myself” program, you will learn how to hire your own VA and they will train them for you.
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As always, I’m super grateful when you click my eBay ad before making each of your business-related purchases.
Thank you for putting off procrastination long enough to read this. Most importantly, thank you for being you.