Mindset Mastery 175 – Mastering Procrastination

Mindset Mastery eBookWe’ve completed our updated version of Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich now through Chapter 7. Today we start in on chapter eight and the seventh step toward riches, with a topic that I think we can all relate to for sure!

Decision – The Mastery Of Procrastination
The Seventh Step toward Riches

Accurate analysis of over 25,000 men and women who had experienced failure, disclosed the fact that lack of decision was near the head of the list of the 30 major causes of failure. This is no mere statement of a theory—it is a fact.

Procrastination, the opposite of decision, is a common enemy which practically every person must conquer.

You will have an opportunity to test your capacity to reach quick and definite decisions when you finish reading this book, and are ready to begin putting the principles it describes into action.

The Difference A Decision Can Make

Analysis of several hundred people who had accumulated fortunes well beyond the million dollar mark disclosed the fact that every one of them had the habit of reaching decisions promptly and of changing these decisions slowly, if and when they were changed. People who fail to accumulate money, without exception, have the habit of reaching decisions, if at all, very slowly, and of changing these decisions quickly and often.

Case Studies

One of Henry Ford’s most outstanding qualities was his habit of reaching decisions quickly and definitely, and changing them slowly. This quality was so pronounced in Mr. Ford, that it gave him the reputation of being obstinate. It was this quality which prompted Mr. Ford to continue to manufacture his famous Model “T” (the world’s ugliest car), when all of his advisors, and many of the purchasers of the car, were urging him to change it.

Perhaps Mr. Ford delayed too long in making the change, but the other side of the story is that Mr. Ford’s firmness of decision yielded a huge fortune before the change in model became necessary. There is little doubt that Mr. Ford’s habit of definiteness of decision assumed the proportion of obstinacy, but this quality is preferable to slowness in reaching decisions and quickness in changing them.

A Simple Solution

In and of itself, the ability to limit procrastination and make fast decisions, which you then act upon, is a simple fix to the stagnation of life. Pay close attention in this chapter and to Napoleon Hill’s lessons here, as this one lesson could very easily be “the one” to change your life forever!

Sean Rasmussen
Success Communicator
Aussie Internet Marketer © 2004 – 2010

About Sean Rasmussen

Sean Rasmussen is a passionate blogger and has been a full time internet marketer since 2005. When he's not with his family, or dog Buddy, Sean is usually blogging or doing something related to the internet.


  1. Wow,

    What a way to think about procrastination – “the opposition of decision”. This week, I was taught that the universe rewards movement. And sometimes, a step in the wrong direction is better than not moving at all… Just get moving, to build momentum… Because success doesn’t always come from the original idea or plan. Procrastination is a time sucker, very very dark time sucker… There’s no time to waste in this life.

    .-= Lina Nguyen´s last blog ..Copywriting rates =-.

    • You got it right, Lina – procrastination is a time sucker and waster. Classmates always hated me for getting a project done as soon as it was assigned but it left time for me to work on other things so I couldn’t change my ways. When classmates were stressing that they were told of a test the same day a project was due, claiming it was unfair, I could only grimace at their statements.

      Was it unfair for the teacher to assign a project so long ago? Or was it unfair for them to believe everything would wait to progress until they completed the task? I excelled in school as I was able to complete any extra credit assignment purposed and still had the time to explore my own love for writing.

      Do whatever you want to do and do it now – the universe is waiting.
      .-= Sarah Butland´s last blog ..My Book Review of Wondrous Strange by Leslie Livingston =-.

  2. Being able to make decisions quickly and change them slowly is great when the decision is the right one. People who won’t let go of their wrong decisions lose respect from others. People who make decisions slowly or not at all usually have painful associations of failure with decision making. One useful solution for these people I call “Maggie’s decision destroyer” which is an EFT technique named after EFT Master Maggie Adkins. In 5 minutes you can usually make an excellent decision about just about anything. I intend to write about this in a blog post one day, if I can get the post cleared by The Great Maggers herself. Of course, you have to make the decision to use this decision destroyer, and some people will find making that decision challenging!
    .-= Wal Heinrich´s last blog ..Genetically Modified Foods – Are They Worth the Risk? =-.

  3. Procrastination can also be a decision – the decision for the state/answer that you wanted least.
    When procrastinating you give the power of taking the decision to everybody and everything outside of yourself. But you are the one who has to life with the consequences. So procrastinating turns out to be a decision after all – the decision to play the ultimate victim of life.
    .-= Renee´s last blog ..Secrets Of The Millionaire Mind by T Harv Eker – Book review =-.

  4. A fantastic concept and obviously works. Henry Ford is noted worldwide for his tremendous success as a business man. I do understand the concept that decision making is an important factor in business to gain respect and, the confidence of customers and colleagues alike. To realize procrastination is the opposite to making a decision is so helpful for me to rid myself of the bad habits – bad habits that have held me back from achieving many goals and much, much, more.

  5. The best way to beat procrastination is to do the things you wish to do the least first. This way you get them over and done with quickly and can get on with what you enjoy – makes the day go much faster and you get heaps more achieved.
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..Sign Language for Babies =-.

    • It is so difficult to do the things you wish to do the least, first. I try this daily and sooner of later I begin to shift the work to the end of my to-do list.

      I am a prime example of somebody that employs Procrastination 😉

      I have however changed alot though since reading through great books such as Think And Grow Rich.
      .-= Cemil´s last blog ..5 Important Tips For On-Page SEO =-.

    • Very good insight, Lisa. One that I’ve been imploring for a few weeks now. Mondays have become my chore days so that I have the rest of the week to do what I love with only lovely interruptions (my son). I feel much more proud of my home and myself for doing it this way and am able to concentrate more thoroughly on the things I enjoy doing.
      .-= Sarah Butland´s last blog ..My Book Review of Wondrous Strange by Leslie Livingston =-.

      • Hi guys,

        I think your approach comes down to your personality. I’m with Lisa on this. I tend to do the things I like least first so that I can get them over and done with and move on to more fun things.

        If I don’t do that, I find that I spend all my time thinking about the thing I don’t want to do. I’d much rather get it over with. But, if you guys find that it’s easier to get small jobs out of the way first, that’s fine too.

        I think it’s just about finding what works for you but with either method the goal is to keep moving forward.
        .-= Jazz Salinger´s last blog ..Finding Your Passion =-.

        • I have the same type of personality Jazz, I could not stand getting to the close of the day having to face doing the thing I like the least!

  6. What a great blog post! And what fantastic advice for people – like myself – who suffer from procrastination… “think and act fast”

    Although this holds some fear for me, I think rather than going from 0 to 100 to take smaller steps to making decisions fast and then acting on them. And making them bigger – building confidence as one is achieving more & more.
    .-= Samantha Banfield´s last blog ..Sean Rasmussen and his crazy talk! =-.

  7. It seems so easy to put off all those important things that need joining….easier in the short term, harder in the long run. I find getting up early and heading to the gym by 6am – 6.30 am then the rest of the day runs smoothly. If I stay in bed for a sleep in and think about going to the gym later….then the rest of the day moves slowly. Taking the leap out of bed (even though I am not a morning person) gives me a boost so that I am not wasting the day. Procrastination is within us all – its how we decided to work through the feelings and overcome the feeling that either makes us stronger, or drags the day on
    .-= Lisa Wood´s last blog ..Its Meant To Be =-.

  8. I made a prompt decision after reading this article, to make a simple, yet relevant comment. So here it is 😉
    Very true. Procrastination is the demon that undoes all good plans & intentions. Its often better to make the wrong decision, than no decision at all.
    .-= Cade Arnel´s last blog ..4 Tips to Improve your Trade Picks =-.

  9. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Sean,

    Procrastination is the bane of my life. I waste far too much time trying to make things ‘just right’ before I act on them and the longer I take fixing something, the more problems I find with it.

    I am learning that I need to trust my instincts more and make quicker decisions. Faster decision making will help me to achieve more. I need less ‘thinking’ and more action.

    • I hear what you are saying. I have been the slave to procrastination in the past. I have since learnt to take action and it is so empowering

  10. What is stopping me?? Truly a great question, and so often the answer is like the ‘monster shadow’ coming up the stairs in the ‘Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ – its more often than not just a mouse!
    .-= Jo Carey-Bradshaw´s last blog ..Empowering Mindset – Mindfulness =-.

  11. Hi Sean

    I stopped being a procrastinator when I decided that I would just stop doing it.

    In order to keep moving forward I decided to treat myself like a business, write a timetable every Sunday for every hour of every day of the week, stick it on my desk next to my computer and just follow the hours on the sheet. It works for me.

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