I am forever saying to myself 'Nah do it later, or do it tomorrow, leave it for now.'
Even when I am making progress towards my goal, this is a dangerous mentality, because I could be making much quicker progress.
With regards to caution, consider:
'Our biggest weakness, is being too cautious, losing heart and doubting ourselves.' - War Strategy 3 - Do Not Lose Your Presence of Mind - 33 Strategies of War - Robert Greene.
The remedy for this lies in the 'Hyperaggressive Tactic' as Greene states. This involves pushing forward with an intensification of confidence. This serves as a counterbalance to our natural tendency to feel caution.
Additionally, the feeling of being extremely cautious, and procrastinating stems from being terrified of making a mistake, thinking that one setback will make you give up. The hanging back is not out of patience, but out of fear.
Lets take a moment to remember the famous quote on fear from Franklin Delano Roosevelt:
'Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror, which paralyses needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.'
We need to fear the thinking of retreat, that voice that says 'Nahh do it later, leave it for now.' Is your mind your biggest ally? or your biggest enemy?
Takeaway #1 - Stop paralysing yourself into retreat, and start advancing quicker.
Takeaway #2 - Toughen your mind by not doubting yourself, the worst that will happen is that you will learn.
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