How To Overcome Procrastination & Start Your Christian Blogging Journey (Even If It Scares You) Part 1
How To Overcome Procrastination & Start Your Christian Blogging Journey
The Lord has been calling you to join the ranks of Christian bloggers who are using their talents to glorify God.
This is not just like buying a new bible or praying a little bit longer or try that new Sunday school class.
No, starting a blog can be life-changing. Radical. Scary (yikes). And He’s been wanting you to do it for a while now…like maybe even years.
But you’re too scared to jump out there in faith and start blogging like he’s been wanting you to do.
So you procrastinate.
You let everything including the kitchen sink (hey the dishes have to get done, amirite?) get in the way of following God’s plan for your life (ask me how I know).
Every time the Holy Spirit starts poking prodding you to start blogging you’re all ” Is this really what I’m supposed to do? If only I could get a sign”.
And because no clouds roll back like a scroll, no dove descends upon your shoulder, and no booming voice from heaven proclaims “yes my child this is exactly what you must do.
Go forth and use thine talents in the name of the Father Son and the Holy Spirit” you act all brand new like you aren’t sure your really being “lead” or not.
Well, let’s establish something.
If becoming a Christian blogger seems challenging, outside of your comfort zone, scary and it will glorify God and serve people, it’s probably God’s will.
Trust me, I feel your pain.
So now what. You’ve got this task staring you in the face, haunting you at every step but you can’t seem to take that next step to actually doing it.
You procrastinate and put everything before starting your blog but I’m here to tell you something.
You are reading the words of the queen of procrastination. I’ve been “working” on this blog for the past 3 years (yeah, I know, it’s completely ridiculous) too terrified to hit publish on my first post.
I would look at other Christian bloggers and wish I could put my writing out there for the world to see but I wouldn’t.
And yet here you are right now reading it. So if there’s hope for me then I promise there’s hope for you.
But how? I hear you ask. Well, that’s what this post is all about. I’m going to show you how I’ve gone from the queen of procrastination to the girl that (sometimes) says let’s do this!
And because this post would be over 4,000 words if I left it intact, I’m going to dissect it into 2 posts. It’s too much to take in all at once.
In fact, I had so much useful content to add to this topic that I actually turned it into an ebook called True Transformation.
I believe Christian bloggers can and do make such a huge impact on the world for Christ through their writing.
So if you are struggling to find the courage to start writing then this book will help you overcome your fears.
Now this post covers steps 1 & 2 andf in my next post I cover steps 3-7 and they are the most important steps of all.
I’ll link to that post below.
What Is Procrastination?
But first, let’s look at the definition of procrastination so we are all on the same page. Dictionary.com defines procrastination as such:
“The act or habit of procrastinating or putting off, or delaying, especially something that requires immediate attention.”
Pay extra attention to the words like habit and immediate attention because I believe this really highlights the meaning perfectly.
The habit of delaying something requiring immediate attention is exactly what I’ve been known to do for years.
Wouldn’t you say that something the Lord wants you to do requires immediate attention?
Yet, I’ve put the Lord off for 2 almost 3 years.
Procrastination of this magnitude and duration weighs on you heavily.
Procrastination can even start to affect your health.
Let’s go over the ways in which procrastination affects your health.
How Procrastination Affects Your Health
Physically: Procrastination leads to stress and stress leads to: sleep issues, lower immunity, headaches, backaches, and even heart disease and high blood pressure.
Also when you have a high level of stress you are more likely to engage in substance abuse like drugs, alcohol, sex, or food, in order to cope with the stress.
Mentally: When we procrastinate, we are stressed. But ummm didn’t you just talk about this, I hear you ask? Yes, I did but stress has a whole host of problems associated with it.
Not only does it affect us physically but it also affects our mental state. The mental strain caused by procrastination can cause anxiety and depression.
When you always have tasks that you’re avoiding like the plague or are too afraid to tackle, you never have peace of mind.
Spirituality: Peace of mind is something that Jesus talked about over and over again.
He said Do Not Worry in so many different ways (Matthew 6:25-34; Matthew 11:28-30; John 14:27 for example) and yet we still don’t get it.
We worry like there’s no tomorrow. We worry about how much we worry.
Worry, stress, and procrastination are like 3 peas in a pod (okay so that’s not an actual saying).
Procrastinating on all of the important tasks in our lives leads to stress and stress causes us to worry, which Jesus clearly tells us not to do.
If we are stressing out all the time which we’ve already established is something Jesus advised against, our spiritual walk will suffer.
When we stress out and worry we show a lack of faith in Jesus and His power. We aren’t showing Him that we trust Him and His plan for our lives.
I hate to say it but I’ve been telling Jesus that I don’t trust Him for about 3 years or so by my procrastination.
Lord, forgive me.
How To Overcome Procrastination From A Christian Perspective: 7 Actionable Steps
So how can we stop procrastinating? How do we get out of this rut and finally start “the project”?
Well, let’s jump right into this 7 step plan and find out. Follow these action-oriented steps to stop this destructive pattern for good:
Step 1: Bookmark This Article
I know it may sound bossy. It is bossy but this is why I’m being so demanding.
Because I’ve been there (sometimes I am still there). I’ve read a million different articles about how not to procrastinate and I never actually follow any of the advice.
So don’t read 5 more articles like “23 Tips To Stop Procrastinating Overnight”.
Just read this article, over and over until you have followed all the steps and completed whatever project the Lord is calling you to do.
You don’t need to read a million different tips about how to overcome procrastination.
You just need a few powerful tips that work. I pray that this post will contain those tips that will set you on your way.
Stop allowing yourself to be pulled in so many different directions and listening to too much advice.
Reading article after article post after post only slows you down and hinders you from taking action.
Taking action is the opposite of procrastination so if we want to stop procrastinating, we need to start by taking that first step toward accomplishing the goal.
Bookmarking this article is that first step. Then I’m going to lead you step by step to the finish line.
So bookmark this article, put it on your home screen on your smartphone, print it out.
Put it wherever you think you will see it and reference it.
And okay, I’ll be generous. Maybe you read this article and it doesn’t speak to you. I understand.
No hard feelings, truly.
What I care about most is that you do find one article that speaks to you, you follow the steps, you stop procrastinating and you start doing what the Lord would have you to do.
That’s really all the matters to me. Whoever helps you get there is up to you.
But if you are feeling this article so far then let’s go ahead and go to step two (assuming, of course, you have already bookmarked this article).
Action Plan: Bookmark this page or add to your home screen.
Step 2: Pinpoint Why You Procrastinate.
Okay, so now that this article is bookmarked we can get to the heart of the matter.
Why do we keep putting the Lord off? There’s a reason why we keep saying “not now” when it comes to starting our Christian blog.
There’s a passion that God has put on our hearts but for some reason, obstacles keep getting in the way of us actually following it.
My own personal reason for procrastinating on this blog for so long was fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of success, fear of failure.
Any possible scary scenario that I could dream up in relation to this blog, I did.
I had my imagination working overtime creating all sorts of silly and unlikely scenarios. And you know what?
Some of those scenarios could actually happen (although it’s doubtful).
But I don’t care because pleasing the Lord and using the talents he gave me to help others is more important than those things that may or may not happen.
Now obviously these feelings didn’t come to me overnight and in the next step I will discuss some of how I have overcome my fears.
But lets first get back to you because we can’t move on to the next step without you really digging deep and pinpointing exactly what it is that is making you so hesitant to begin this new adventure.
Here is a list of reasons why we procrastinate:
– Fear of Failure
- We are scared that we will look foolish in front of other people
- Scared that we will disappoint our family and ourselves
- Scared that we will see that we don’t have what it takes to succeed
– Fear of Success
- Afraid of how your life will change if you succeed
- Afraid that some people will be jealous
- Afraid that some people will look at like you’re money hungry
- Afraid you will open yourself up to internet trolls if your project involves social media
- Afraid to put yourself in a spotlight Afraid to be different Afraid of being a leader
– Fear of Change
- Fear of new responsibilities
- Fear of new decisions that will need to be made
- Fear of unknown
- Might need to quit your job
- End relationships
– Fear of Being Known
- In other words, you are afraid that your life won’t be as private as it is now if your project really takes off.
– Lack of Control of the Situation
- Having to trust in the Lord, fear of the unknown
– Lack of Faith in God
- Unsure of what He wants you to do, scared He won’t be there to lead and guide you through it, that you won’t feel His presence
– Lack of Faith in Your Talent
- Not sure if you’re ready, if you know enough, if you’re smart enough, have enough experience
– Being Unsure of What God is Calling You To Do
– Lack of Support From People Around You
- Spouse/kids wouldn’t like it
- Friends would think you were weird
- Coworkers wouldn’t understand
- The project is too hard
- Is a lot of work
- Time intensive
These are just are few of the reasons why you might be struggling with procrastination.
There are clearly tons of reasons why so if your reason is not listed here maybe they will help jog some sort memory for you and help you figure it out.
If you truly can’t come up with a reason, I would pray about it and see if God will reveal it to you.
And keep in mind that there’s not necessarily just one reason why you procrastinate.
There could be a lot of reasons why. It could be a combination of several of the ones listed and some more that you haven’t discovered yet.
Regardless, just keep in mind that you need to come up with at least one reason why.
You don’t necessarily have to know every single reason why.
Again, because getting bogged down in step two will keep you from moving on to step 3, don’t dwell on this too much.
I’d hate for you to procrastinate and never move on to the other steps.
Do this exercise to help you find out why you procrastinate:
When you feel moved to start working on the project but you hesitate and put it off, what are the thoughts that run through your head? How do you feel?
Write it down.
Do you feel guilty, anxious, a little panicked.
Realizing how you feel when you think about the project might give you some insight as to why you haven’t started yet.
Action Plan: Choose a reason for your procrastination from the list above or come up with your own reason.
Conclusion: How to Overcome Procrastination Part 1
I’m going to stop this post right here but these 2 steps on overcoming procrastination as a Christian are just the beginning.
The next 5 steps are where REAL change starts to happen.
Step number 3 was the real game-changer for me personally.
I call that step, dealing with your demons and its crucial in helping you stop procrastination.
You can check out this important post below:
I pray that you will read over everything that I’ve written here and start working on the action steps that I’ve outlined above.
I really want you to start changing your life.
I don’t want you to keep reading article after article and never implementing any of the advice you’ve been giving.
Time is slipping away and we all need to start doing what the Lord has put us on earth to do.
As Christian bloggers, we can really make a difference in God’s kingdom!
This is an exciting time, ya’ll!
Thank you for reading thus far. If you are at all interested in blogging and business and you keep putting it off, you need to read this.
Okay, that’s all for now.
See you in the next post which is part 2 of my How To Stop Procrastinating.
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