It’s funny, I was just sitting here thinking about writing a piece on procrastination, and realised I was putting off starting it.
You see, I’ve ended up with a dilemma over my “Nudge Your Way to Happiness” book.
After a delivery which didn’t show up, I’ve finally got the third printed proof in my hands, and I’m at last really happy (appropriately) with the contents.
Although there’s certain to be the odd but hopefully rare typo in it, I think we’re just about there with the text.
The cover’s looking splendid, too, with the minor exception of me being slightly, perhaps over-fussily, dissatisfied with the colour.
Thanks to an excellent book I’ve just started reading, “The Achievement Habit,” written by Stanford professor Bernard Roth (who I saw speak last week, and then curiously spotted again just now as he cycled past me) I’ve realised that I’m perhaps ascribing a reason for my procrastination which is, well, kind of fake.
I’m telling myself that the delay is because I want the book to be perfect (and of course that’s “perfect” in my eyes – your perception could be very different from mine).
But in the words of Bernard Roth I wonder if my reason is actually bulls**t.
Bernie Roth is a plainspoken New Yorker. I like him.
I now think it has little to do with aesthetics, and more to do with nervousness about putting my work out there.
Wow, even writing that down is cathartic.
(Please excuse me while I self-analyse.)
The whole colour thing is probably a bit of a self-invented excuse, to be honest.
I mean, is anyone actually going to fail to be nudged to happiness simply because the book’s cover has a slightly different shade of blue on it than the one I had in mind?
Of course not.
So maybe we can agree on two things.
First, Cousins should push the metaphorical Publish button.
And second, if you too are putting off doing something, and have come up with what seems to you like a good reason, please ask yourself if this is entirely valid, or whether there might actually be the slightest whiff of Bernie Roth’s bulls**t about it?
I mean, fair’s fair.
I’ve shown you mine.