I was recently in Zimbabwe a land that some in the diaspora think is void of business opportunities and is not a conducive place to do business. However, I beg to differ.Indeed, there are consequent problems and challenges that are related to doing business in Zimbabwe, but that does not mean business is absent, it is indeed there for the taking and only those who do not hesitate and are not procrastinators will thrive in the Zimbabwean environment.
Are you the type that has brilliant ideas, but find yourself falling short of completing those ideas? Many potential business persons particularly (those in the diaspora) fall into the habit of procrastination and do not even notice they do it, but today I am going to discuss how we (myself included) can recognise procrastination within our own lives, and begin to overcome it as we go forward .
I am sure we all know what procrastination means, but for those that want a description here, it is! Procrastination means to delay doing something or put it off at this time.
For years some said we will invest in a business in Zimbabwe when Mugabe is gone. Now they say when corruption is gone. But will it ever completely go? Procrastinators always seem to find an excuse and a way to blame the climate and situation as a reason for not executing or engaging in viable business projects.
Now honestly think about something you have wanted to get done and have yet to complete it. Now let me ask you something else, is that thing you thought of something you have mentioned to yourself, spouse or friend more than once in the last month or years even?
My dear friends , this is procrastination, and is something that is easily applied to in our daily lives and schedules of our lives because it is so simple to say “I will get it done when ZANU PF is gone or when government deals effectively with corruption…”
But we all know there are areas in our life, where that “when” never comes and we may wait forever and never fully engage or realise fully put to use our full business potential, if ever at all. This is a case of the procrastinating thoughts which have tricked us into believing them, thus being lazy and sluggard to complete the task or project we have set before us.
How many times have we fully neglected our duties and responsibilities due to procrastination and we decide it is too overwhelming and too much to deal with, so we wallow in self-pity and fall asleep because we are exhausted from it all?
In Gods word He states many scriptures about procrastination and how this is actually a sin in our lives, allow me to explain.
Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
James 4:17 NKJ
The scripture above clearly states the truth of procrastination in our lives. I know you are probably thinking how can this scripture be used to call procrastination a sin, but please allow me to dive deeper into scripture and I am sure by the time you are done reading these scriptures you will begin to see how it is a sin against God’s commandments in our lives.
In all labor there is profit, but idle chatter leads only to poverty.
Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor.
All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.
Lazy hands makes for poverty, but diligent hands brings wealth.
With these scriptures above you can see that being lazy actually brings destitution, strife, and turmoil. When we talk about all the wonderful things we are going to complete and work on in our lives, and then time goes on and we complete nothing.
We are making our lives destitute for the things we actually may need in our lives, and we are causing strife and turmoil not only in our own lives and hearts but those around us that may be affected by our procrastination.
Let’s not hesitate or procrastinate any longer.
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