Finally, we came to the third question you need to ask yourself before you start working on your punctuality and abilities to manage your time effectively. Ask yourself: why do I need to change my behavior and do everything possible to stop my being chronically late? Why do I want it now and why have I never wanted this before? If it is not the first attempt of yours to fight with chronic lateness, then ask yourself: why have I failed before? Was I not too patient or didn’t I have enough of willpower? Also, ask yourself, are you ready for this hard struggle against your bad habits? Finally, make it clear for yourself, what kind of reward you will have in case if your performance is good and your negative habits are gone with the wind.
Practical experience of many specialists in time management shows that having a worthy goal and a strong and clear motivation for giving up a habit of being chronically late is a very important stimulating factor which usually brings to achieving very good results. Let me tell you a story: there was a guy, an incorrigible latecomer, who was always depressed and never cared about his own life. He has forgotten the ambitions of his youth and was spending his time as an accountant in a small private lawyer’s office. Together with his wife, they used to manage to make ends meet, but everything the family could afford is going to their vacation once a year.
However, one day he met one of his old friends, a successful businessman in his late 30s, who offered our loser a new occupation. “I remember that you were always very good in creative arts”, the businessman said, “so join my designer’s team and get a taste of real life.” This was a new beginning for the former accountant, who very soon proved to be absolutely great in designing interiors and decorating apartments. One of the first things he learned was being always on time for his meetings with the clients, otherwise his incomes would not be that impressive. Less then in one year he bought a prestigious house for his family, and the next summer he paid for his sons’ vacation in Europe.
Certainly, breaking any habit requires recognition of the problem, recognition that the habit is bad and having a strong desire to extinguish it. Take your time and think more, in what ways your chronic lateness affects your life? Didn’t you feel embarrassed and responsible for the negative effects of your habit on the life of the people around you? How many interesting things and activities you have failed to do due to your habit to procrastinate and put the things off? How many opportunities you have missed and how many of those you will possibly miss in the future? Find the answers on these questions and convince yourself that you need to get rid of your perpetual lateness and procrastination.
Maybe your reason is not too clear for you yet – it is fine. But remember that having a great long-run objective is the most important reason to start working on your punctuality and the most effective stimulative factor for our success. Get support from your friends and close people, visualize possible rewards for your persistence and willpower. Finally, value your future! The changes you will experience in your life are really worth the efforts you are going to spend for breaking you chronic bad habits, but if you do not really want to change your tendency to be always late, do not even spend your time for reading these pages. If you are ready for immediate action, have a steady unbated perseverance and feel strong enough to start our journey – follow me…