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Waiting for tomorrow is careless, as is expecting someone to give you a million while being a couch potato; it results in postponing the life full of exciting opportunities and leads to great losses in general.

Will you, the reader, remember how many times a week you tell yourself you will manage to meet a certain deadline if you start doing the work tomorrow, or, for instance, you will take up sports when you have free time? We keep on saying there will be a better moment later, or, probably, the weather will be better, a window of opportunity will finally open in front of you. It seems everything will be better, more and bigger tomorrow…

The time is running very fast, yesterday will never come back, and tomorrow will always become today. So, it is living in the present that matters most. We seem to be smart, educated, and intelligent, but when it comes to doing some unpleasant work, the word “tomorrow” tries to impose its friendship on us. Usually, we end up shaking hands with it and promising ourselves that we will think about the important task in a day or two. This is what scientists call procrastination (or avoidance behaviors) that scares us all.

What we have to remember is that it was scientifically proven a long time ago that fulfilling hateful tasks can cause pain in some brain regions similar to the pain that a brain experiences when a person is in physical pain. The way our brain functions is by avoiding pain and seeking pleasure. People like instant gratification that comes with avoiding a difficult or boring task. However,  “tomorrow” tends to come quietly when the deadline is persistently knocking at your door. And again, scientists claim that the aftereffects of procrastination bring much more pain than fulfilling the assignment at once would have. What is more, there is an anti-motto saying “Avoid pain – procrastinate” encouraging people (under no circumstances should we follow this rule!) to postpone their lives.

In addition, one universal rule related to the issue cannot be overlooked. It is a precept of many business and time coaches around the world, and it is called “The 72-Hour Rule”. The rule implies that the longer you postpone something, the less likely you are to actually do it. In other words, when you postpone something for longer than 72 hours, all you do is find excuses for not doing it at all. How reasonable is this rule!

Moreover, waiting for tomorrow prevents us from enjoying the present moment.  People, who rely on “any day now”, find themselves in a circle walking on its borders without making an attempt to step away. Similarly, a person can be compared with a squirrel running in a wheel trying either to escape from the terrible “today” or to run back to the better “yesterday” where everything seemed easier. Isn’t it so?

To sum up, it is necessary to mention that until we stop procrastinating our life, we will never achieve success. So, do make your tomorrow come today and live today as if tomorrow never came!

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