This Faulty Logic Will Keep You Bound By Procrastination

Procrastination is cunning. It knows how to trick you and cause you to trick yourself.

For some people, procrastination gives them a great excuse if they perform poorly and a sense of superiority if they perform well. It’s very subtle but real.

By procrastinating and starting their work at the last minute, they self-handicap, and this puts them in a position to protect their ego if they perform poorly and flatter it if they perform well.

Their logic is: “If I take on a task and don’t perform it satisfactorily, I can’t always blame it on the fact that I started at the last minute (rather than blame it on my lack of competence). On the other hand, if I perform well, I can pad myself on the back, saying that I must be exceptional since I performed well despite the fact I started at the last minute.”

This validates the procrastinator and reinforces their procrastination habit.

If you’ve used this “strategy” to validate your procrastination, know this. It’s based on faulty logic and it’s not serving you.

Real talk. It’s a fallacy—and cowardly. In fact, the reason for your poor performance may be the lack of time, but not necessarily. Your competence may be at fault too (and perhaps other factors as well). And putting it on “lack of time” may massage your ego, but doesn’t help your performance or change your poor results.

Any way you want to put it, ultimately, you’re responsible for your performance (not the last minute); you decided to do it at the last minute, therefore you’re responsible.

On the flip side, you may, in fact, have superior abilities in a given area, and this may allow you to get away with procrastination. However, your “superpowers” would work just fine if you started your work on time. Thus, procrastination doesn’t need to be part of the equation. Procrastination may flatter your ego, but let’s be clear, it’s not responsible for your superpowers.

One final note on this—and it is an important one—your worth isn’t wrapped in how well you perform anyway. As such, you don’t need this faulty logic, which aims to feed your ego.

“Self-handicapping” is an unnecessary strategy. Failing at a task doesn’t make you a lesser person. By the same token, succeeding at it doesn’t make you a superior person. Either way, you’’re a person with gifts, skills, and abilities, which you should use for your own fulfillment and for the benefit of others. And procrastination doesn’t need to be involved.

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Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.