Bene Gesserit: I must not fear – procrastination

Bene Gesserit

“I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.

And when …
it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.”

Based on the overwhelming response to this post,  I would like to further eloborate on the choice of this powerful verse.  In business as in life, one of the primary reasons people are unable to achieve thier fullest potential because of a multitude of FEARS that hold them back.  Fear is insidious, Fear is infectious, Fear is subversive, Fear is a predator, it attacks us when we are most vulnerable, Fear preys on the weak mind, but above all Fear paralyzes us to the verge of absolute inaction.

Fear is the primary cause of Procrastination defined as the deferment of actions or tasks to a later time. Psychologists often cite such behavior as a mechanism for coping with the anxiety associated with starting and/or completing any task or decision.[1] There are three criteria for a behavior to be classified as procrastination: it must be counterproductive, needless, and delaying.[2]

Procrastination may result in stress, a sense of guilt and crisis, severe loss of personal productivity, as well as disapproval by others for not meeting responsibilities or commitments. These feelings combined may promote further procrastination. While it is regarded as normal for people to procrastinate to some degree, it becomes a problem when it impedes normal functioning. Fear = Procrastination. Procrastination = Inaction – and when do do not make a decision in Business or in life, someone else will make it for you and the outcome could be most unpleasant.

Hence, I  Must Not Fear.

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6 Comments on “Bene Gesserit: I must not fear – procrastination”

  1. kingbiscuitpants Says:

    that is the closest thing to a prayer i ever say


  2. Wonderful! One of my absolutely most favourite ever pieces of writing. And I do use it,it calms the mind wonderfully. I wrote a companion piece when I was trying to stop smoking which I’ll post here if I can find it.
    Are you a Dune fan or was it just this thought that caught your imagination?


  3. I’m going to tweet this – why don’t you get a Twitter button? It’s easy to do with WordPress plug-ins!

  4. kdholakia Says:

    Excellent !!!!!


  5. I’ve read your further comments about procrastination and I couldn’t agree more. I’m new to business but already I’m beginning to be afraid of making decisions as to where to go next – invest more in marketing? Would that be throwing good money after bad? Can I trust the people I’m dealing with? All kinds of anxieties coming up and your thoughts have been very apposite. Thanks.


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