(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)


We generally use the word “procrastinate” in a negative way. We think of procrastinating as putting off something we should be doing. Procrastination is associated with laziness, maybe even being purposely dilatory, a laggard.

There is another way to delay. It is to wait. Sometimes the best thing you can do is … nothing. Create space to include more perspective. Let time be your ally. Welcome slow-arriving wisdom.

The distinction between waiting and procrastinating lies in your intent.

If you are avoiding or putting off something, you’re probably procrastinating.

If you are trusting your intuition and sensing that now is not the time to act, you are waiting.

Always check how you feel. Your feelings will tell you which you are doing.


Coaching Point: Have you experienced the comfort and strength of waiting?


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