The Arena of Life

by | Feb 22, 2024 | Mindset, Personal Development, Productivitty, Uncategorized | 0 comments


Are you familiar with the timeless wisdom of Theodore Roosevelt?  He once said:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming.” – Theodore Roosevelt

In the journey of personal, professional growth and productivity, procrastination often stands as a formidable obstacle. Theodore Roosevelt’s timeless words remind us that it is not the critics or bystanders who shape our destinies but the courageous souls who dare to step into the arena of life. Let’s explore how we can apply Roosevelt’s wisdom to overcome procrastination and unlock our full potential.


The Impracticality of Perfectionism

How often do we find ourselves paralyzed by the fear of criticism or failure, hesitating to take action lest we fall short of perfection? Roosevelt’s insight teaches us that the pursuit of perfection is not practical. Procrastination thrives in the soil of self-doubt and fear of failure. 

To overcome procrastination, we must first recognize that the pursuit of perfection is a fool’s errand. The critic within us may scoff at our imperfections and shortcomings, but it is only through action and iteration that true mastery is achieved. As Roosevelt notes, there is no effort without error and shortcoming; every stumble is not a mark of failure, but rather a sign of progress and growth.


The Reslience to Persevere


We must cultivate a mindset of resilience and perseverance in the face of adversity. Procrastination often thrives in the fertile soil of self-doubt and fear of failure. Yet, by embracing the spirit of Roosevelt’s “man in the arena,” we can find the courage to press forward, even in the face of uncertainty and discomfort. It is through the container of struggle that our character is forged and our capacity for greatness is realized.


Silencing the Inner Critic


Our greatest adversary in the battle against procrastination is often our own inner critic.  The critic may lurk in the shadows, casting doubt on our abilities and magnifying our insecurities, but it is within our power to drown out this inner dialogue with a chorus of positivity and self-belief.  Roosevelt’s words remind us that the credit belongs to those who strive valiantly, not to those who sit on the sidelines and criticize. By drowning out the voices of doubt and negativity with positivity and self-belief, we can cultivate the resilience needed to overcome procrastination.

Embracing Actionable Goals


Procrastination often thrives when our goals are vague or overwhelming. Roosevelt’s wisdom encourages us to set actionable goals and take concrete steps towards their achievement. By breaking larger tasks into smaller, manageable ones, we can alleviate the overwhelm and maintain momentum towards our objectives.



Cultivating a Supportive Environment

Roosevelt’s philosophy underscores the importance of surrounding ourselves with a supportive community. Procrastination can be contagious, but so too can productivity. By seeking out like-minded individuals who inspire and challenge us, we can leverage the power of accountability and encouragement to overcome procrastination and achieve our aspirations.




Theodore Roosevelt’s wisdom serves as a guiding light in our quest to overcome procrastination and achieve our goals. By embracing the arena of life, acknowledging the impracticality of perfectionism, cultivating resilience, silencing the inner critic, setting actionable goals, and cultivating a supportive environment, we can break free from the chains of procrastination and unlock our full potential. So let us heed Roosevelt’s call to dare greatly and step boldly into the arena, knowing that it is in the struggle that our true strength is revealed.

Hi, I'm Liz

Hi, I'm Liz

I'm so glad you're here!  I write about living your best life by moving your mind, moving your body, moving your soul so that you can live 90% of the time in a state of peace and calm.  I know that it requires a continuous, daily practice to change your life, and I'm ready to support you in this amazing journey.

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