How To Re-awaken A Passion & Stop Being Lazy About Your Goals

Stop Being Lazy About Your GoalBeing lazy is not a good thing, it prevents us from living our life to its full potential and you will never know how much potential you have in becoming a huge success unless you get off your back-side and do something about it! If you are a self-diagnosed couch potato then chances are you are here because you figured something has to change in your lazy life.

I personally know what it’s like to be a lazy person. The days spent on the couch watching ‘Friends’ and ‘The Simpsons’ with a big bag of doritos and a pint of coke were admittedly great, I enjoyed it, there is no harm in admitting it. However one day I finally decided to take a good look at myself and what I was doing and said “What is this doing for me? Am I getting anything from sitting around watching TV all the time?” My answer was YES – I’m getting; bored, unenthusiastic about everything (even the things I usually liked), bags under my eyes, untidy, and most of all I’m not going anywhere in my life. And of course not to mention my family were getting fed up with me.

Overcoming laziness, or the ability to do things that we do not want to do, is a crucial part of gaining success. Things simply have to get done and we have to do them or make sure they are done. When we come to terms
with this fact, that we will have to do unpleasant tasks to become successful, it makes it a whole lot easier to just ‘buckle up’ and do the tasks we know we will have to do at some point anyway.

Success is the result of a few big tasks done and accomplished and a whole bunch of miniscule tasks done and accomplished. Today we are going to focus on how to get all those small tasks done that we just don’t have the desire to do. Successful people make sure small tasks get done as quick, painless and efficiently as possible while lazy people procrastinate and let the small tasks go unfinished for far too long..

Procrastination can turn into a vicious cycle if you let it. Goals that you could have easily accomplished with the routine of taking some defined small steps over a long period of time will start to slip away from you. You realize that you need to make up for falling behind, but the once simple task has now grown into a more difficult task. The task becomes more intimidating with every day that you spend doing nothing, but instead of tackling the beast you shy away from it. You lose days to fear, spent worrying about failure and the always-approaching deadline.

Now, this might come as a surprise but it isn’t totally your fault that you’re lazy… For starters, I personally found that I was lazy because I had no goal or target to aim towards and figured that I might as well just sit on the couch until I had one, but the problem with that is no goal or objective is going to come along by glaring at the TV screen. You have to go out and get it! For me, the best strategy for overcoming these fears is to look at the situation objectively. I tell myself “If I keep this up, then I will certainly fail. And if I fail because I barely tried, then I must not have really wanted to succeed.”

It’s an honest, deliberate motivational speech I sometimes give myself. It causes me to snap back into “go” mode because I DO WANT TO SUCCEED!

I will do the opposite.
I used to sit here and do nothing, and regret it for the rest of the day.
So now I will do the opposite, and I will do something!

— George Costanza, Seinfeld

Right, so where do we start in our healing process…

How to Stop Being Lazy

1) Realize you are a lazy person, admit it to yourself and decide that enough’s enough and you want to change your ways. Say this out loud! No I don’t care if you have friends or family over, admit it to them as well. It will be good for you, and they’ll probably praise you for it.

2) Get organized – The most important aspect of overcoming laziness is getting organized. So many times we want to do something productive but the clutter and the junk makes it seem impossible to get anything done and entices us to not even start our task. A nice, clean and organized work space just invites us to do some work and be productive. A cluttered and trashed work space invites us to stay on the couch. Set aside a few hours to devote to organizing work stations – everything from your desk to your computer files to your favorites links on your web browser. Make everything as easy, seamless and efficient to find as possible.

3) Write up a strict schedule/routine/plan for every single day of the week. I don’t mean a work out routine, but feel free to add that in!

A routine that tells you to; wake up at a reasonable time (12:00 p.m. is not a reasonable time!) like 7-9 a.m. at the latest but this of course is not applicable if you work, in which case get up at least 2 hours before work.

That also involves you going to bed early, like around 8-10 p.m. no later! You need at least 8 hours of sleep, but I recommend 10 hours as it’s most likely you have been eating junk food for a while and have a lack of the right vitamins in your system right now, thus making it even more difficult to get out of bed.

This plan MUST also have times where you are doing exercise! A 10-20 minute run, a 15 minute cycle around the block, even stretching can help, as long as you got your heart rate going then it’s all good! You have to do this almost everyday, got it?! The reason for this is because doing exercise helps build up your energy stores and provides you with more energy to use. And energy is very much what you are lacking right now. Not to mention that doing exercise is generally very healthy for your heart/body/mind. Also, drink plenty of water! A couple of pints a day (of water) will do you the world of good!

4) Write down 3 goals that you want to achieve and work towards them. They don’t have to be earth-shattering goals, but ones that will keep you busy and moving you forward in life and not in online gaming.

They can be things like; getting into University, getting a job, getting your driving licence, learning an instrument, learning a language, learning to sing, read a couple of books, go to some concerts, start a blog(s) (yeah!), write a poem, learn to horse ride, go somewhere you’ve never been, learn to scuba-dive or anything along those lines. Things that are creative (as well as being enjoyable) and involve you either using mental or physical energy.

They shouldn’t be things like; becoming the fattest person alive, beating your high score on angry birds, seeing how fast you can down a litre of Dr Pepper, getting a crazy hair-cut, growing a beard or teaching the cat to retrieve snacks from the kitchen (although that would be awesome! And I’d salute you if you managed it!).

Got it?

If you’re trapped in a vicious cycle of laziness, think about simple changes that you can make that can help you break out of it. You won’t necessarily need to do “the opposite,” the way that George Costanza does, but you will need to do something different. After all, when you keep things the same, you’re only feeding the cycle.

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This provides some great tips on how to get out of laziness. I have lazy days where I don’t want to do anything. For me, this is good advice for those lazy days where I need to get things done but don’t have the motivation to do so.

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nice post my man

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