Contemplating Your Mortality: The Ultimate Cure For Procrastination

by Dean Palibroda in ,


I'm going to share with you the story of Bill, because I know it will have an immediate and dramatic effect on how you value your time. 

Recently I was killing time on YouTube when, for whatever reason (Change? Fate? Divine intervention?) a video titled, "How much money does a new Flight Attendant make?" popped up on the left-hand side of my screen as a suggested video. 

I was having one of those days - couldn't focus, looking for ANY excuse to procrastinate - so I thought "What the hell" and gave it a click. 

Lo and behold, the video was about how much money you can realistically expect as a new flight attendant. 

Going further down the rabbit hole, I checked out the rest of Bill's channel. Scanning through his uploads, one thumbnail in particular caught my attention - Bill lying in a hospital bed. The video title? 

"I had a stroke and I am terrified!" 

Turns out flight attendants have an unusually high risk of suffering a stoke. Bill became one of those casualties. 

I felt compelled to watch the series of videos Bill made post-stroke about the difficulties of his recovery. "Embarrassing facts about my stroke" had the most profound impact. 

His before-and-after pictures hit me like a lightning bolt. With tears in my eyes, it made me seriously reconsider how I was spending my time. 

Many of us who plan for the future, define clear goals and make plans to achieve those goals, can sometimes fall into a dangerous trap. 

It becomes easier to plan than it is to act. 

When I was surfing YouTube, it wasn't because I didn't have anything to do, it was because I had something to do, had planned it out, knew how to execute... but couldn't get over that hump to just do it. 

But watching Bill's videos made me realize something: You can spend your entire life waiting for the perfect circumstances and the ideal opportunity to act. 

Maybe the planets will align, maybe not. But one thing is for certain - you don't have all the time in the world. 

Bill didn't plan for his stroke to happen. How could he? But it did, and it severely impacted his life - his job, his relationships, his health. Everything. 

My questions to you is... if you could see the future, and KNEW one day a significant, life-altering event could derail your plans... would you still waste 6 hours a day on YouTube? Stay up late on Facebook? Go to the gym "next week?