In Og Manino’s Scroll V he says, “Procrastination I destroy with action. Doubt I bury under faith. Fear I dismember with confidence. Where there are idle mouths I listen not. Where there are idle hands I linger not. Where there are idle bodies I visit not. Henceforth I know that to court idleness is to steal food clothing and warmth from those I love; I am not a thief. I am a man of love and today is my last chance to prove my love and my greatness.” He emphasizes this and each phrase in this scroll with the statement, “I live this day as if it is my last.”
If each of us were to live every day this way, how much easier it would be a recognize and claim our hero’s journey. So, what stands in our way of recognizing and taking that leap of faith? I put to you that it is to become self-less or ego-less. Not that I did not understand it when we were taught about being kind and about the 7 Day Mental diet, rather I did not see it’s integration and dependency created into all that we are, do and have (or have not).
Procrastination is an effect and not a cause and as Haanel repeated refers back to our “Ideal” and the principles and their opposites, I see more clearly the need to create my own internal, law of substitution arsenal to defend my young and immature selfless self. If I don’t defend him, the old blueprint (the dragon) will surely cause him to cower in fear and self-doubt and shrink backing away for the precipice from which I must launch my leap into my hero’s journey.
So, my actions (the actions of a thinking man) are as follows:
- I added an additional card to my daily Blueprint Builder reading which contains the following:
- Today I begin a new life
- I greet this day with love in my heart
- I am natures greatest miracle
- I live this day as if it is my last…
- I will add each new scroll’s key phrase as I progress through Mandino’s workbook
- I added the following cards to the top of my Gratitude deck
- What would the wealthy, productive me do in this moment? (for when I stall and become indecisive thus giving me ammunition against the attack of procrastination)
- What mental image or though generates makes me feel energetic and motivated to “Do It Now”?
- What mental image or though generates makes me feel Brave, Confident and Committed to “Do It Now”?
- I also started a journal to capture the answers to the questions in #2 such that I can begin to create response cards to invoke the antidote to procrastination which is ACTION! I’ve merged this with my Reliving a moment each day activities and will build my armory such that no assault of the mundane or onslaught of the information overload so prevalent in our society today will be able to overcome me. Rather, “I fail not as the others, for in my hands I now hold the charts which guide me through perilous water to shore which only yesterday seemed but a dream…” “I persist and develop my skills as the mariner develops his, by learning to ride out the wrath of each storm. I persist until I succeed.”
These tools I now craft to add to my sextant and compass to ensure I follow these charts laid before me to the lands and life of my own minds eye; for I am the captain of my soul…
by the English poet William Ernest Henley (1849–1903)
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.