Laziness, The Biggest Obstacle To Success

Laziness, The Biggest Obstacle To Success

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Are you lazy? Very few people can answer ‘No’ to that question. Basically we are all lazy though the degree of laziness may vary. If people have a choice between doing nothing and reading a book that could improve their life, which do you think most people would choose? Being idle, of course. Why? Because that’s a lot easier!

There is this story of a man lying lazily under a date palm tree, a date fruit falls on him and lands on his chest. The guy is so lazy that he doesn’t move at all. After some time he notices a person passing by on a camel’s back. The lazy guy calls out to the man on the camel, who gets down from the camel and approaches the lazy man and asks him, “Why did you call me?” The lazy guy says, “Please take this date from my chest and put it in my mouth.” The camel guy gets angry, “Did you call me to do this? You have two hands, why don’t you do it yourself.” Saying this he gets on his camel and leaves in a huff. When he is gone, the man lying down mutters to himself, “These camel riders are very lazy people.” Laziness is loving being idle, not straining the mind and body in any way.

So why are we lazy? Maybe the task is unpleasant, I am not in the mood, I have this fear of failure, fear of success, I can’t decide, lazing feels good. Once we become aware about the real reason we are lazy, we can overcome it. Laziness is a habit which we have developed over time. It starts with simple things like being lazy about shaving, taking a bath, polishing the shoes, cutting the nails, doing homework, reading a book, not calling back a customer, cleaning the work desk, updating the cheque counterfoil, paying the phone bill, service the car, making the report… Because it is a learnt habit, it can be unlearnt too.

What could we possibly lose, if we continued being lazy? Your work would always be pending, causing a great deal of stress, problems with the boss, poor productivity, poor health, more clutter, you can never learn and grow, you miss opportunities, poor performance, low morale, frustration and failed assignments. Above all, we don’t feel good about ourselves.

Lazy people are good at making excuses, E.g. I am not in the mood now, I need to think it over, I will have a nap first, I don’t have enough information on this, I need a drink first, I am hungry, I have a headache, My stars are not in sync, My time is not good… What’s your excuse for not doing something? Remember, they are just excuses. My Guru taught me, “If you want to do something you will find a way, but if you don’t want to do something you will find an excuse.” So do you want to become a champion of producing great results or you want to become a champion in making excuses?

People around you are watching you. You become a role model for people around you, whether it is at home or at the workplace. If you project an image of being a lazy person, your credibility will take a beating; people won’t trust you and that could mean disaster.

If at all you want to be lazy, be lazy in positive ways. For example when you have this urge to unfairly criticize someone, tell yourself,” I don’t feel like criticizing this person now, as I am not in the mood, I think, I will do it tomorrow.” Say the same thing when you get angry, when you have this urge to take revenge, when you think negative or even when you want to commit suicide.

What action can we take to overcome our laziness? Here are some practical suggestions:

Take small action – Try reading just 5 pages of a 400 pages book

Start taking actions with simple task and then move on to more difficult tasks.

Talk to yourself in positive language – “I immediately act upon the goals that are most important to me.”

Come up with strong ‘Why’ reasons to do something.

Work with a buddy who monitors your actions daily.

Associate a lot of pleasure to taking action and lot of pain to sitting idle and doing nothing.

We have three kinds of people. People who make things happen. People who let things happen to them. People who wonder what happened. It is up to you to decide what class you want to belong.

write by Dieter

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