Why do we feel so lazy?
How can we go from feeling motivated and ready to take on the world to feeling lazy and ready to binge-watch Netflix for hours on end?
Like almost everyone I know, I dislike procrastinating and pushing things aside for another time.
Yet, I do it anyway, for no good reason at all.
I’ve started to actually pay attention to my laziness in the hopes I will be able to break the spell.
Then, I can make myself get off my butt, achieve my dreams and start something really incredible for myself.
What I’ve realized, through, is this process of laziness is just a habit.
It’s a habit we unknowingly create.
It can start small, with the initial, “I’ll just do it later,” but suddenly, we’re allowing laziness to be a strong driving force in our lives.
This is not okay.
Let’s be real here: Laziness is not going to bring you a gorgeous home, the career of your dreams, an amazing spouse or a beautiful life.
In order to attain any of these things, we have to be up on our feet, not lying on our couches.
The year 2016 cannot be the year of Netflix binge-watching and eating potato chips on the couch.
It has to be the year of success, learning and growing into ourselves.
None of this can happen if we stay inside and put off our goals and aspirations “until tomorrow.”
They have to begin now.
Isaac Newton founded the law of motion that states,
An object in motion stays in motion.
What if we are the object?
What if our successes are dependent upon us staying in motion, and not allowing procrastination habits to suck us into the void of purposelessness?
Yes, this law pertains to physics.
But when you consider that we are made up of the exact same stuff we study in physics, we can realize that Newton’s rule actually applies directly to us.
Staying in motion is a huge defense against our personal wars with laziness.
We can’t let laziness win the battle.
We have to fight back and keep ourselves in motion motivationally, physically and mindfully.
1. Stay motivated.
We have to stay on track, and we have to feel positive and confident in ourselves to achieve whatever it is that we desire.
It’s so important to want what you want and not let yourself feel as if you don’t deserve or couldn’t possibly achieve your dreams.
You are your best friend and worst enemy.
Don’t let your mind trick you into thinking you aren’t capable of everything you wish to become because it just isn’t true.
2. Say "no" to naps.
There is no such thing as taking a 20-minute nap or watching just one episode of "Friends" on Netflix.
Trust me, I’ve tried many times.
If there are things that need to get done, get them done.
3. Keep growing.
As people, it’s vital that we never stop the mental growth process.
If I hadn’t put my mind to the test to figure it out, I would have never realized my laziness was due to habit.
Our minds are truly where it all starts and ends.
Reading books about the mind and understanding how it works is pertinent for every human in this world who has a brain.
What better way to learn how to use your best asset than to first understand how it works?
For instance, did you know our brains are made up of neurons that extend small processes called dendrites?
These dendrites have the ability to grow longer and in new locations as you create new habits and ways of thinking.
So, for instance, if you decide you want to learn to play the piano, your brain will physically advance to do so, rendering you capable of reading music and playing with both hands.
Keep your mind moving, and everything physical just comes along for the ride.
Laziness is not for me, and it’s not for you, either.
We both know we are capable of so much, and we deserve so much more than laziness will ever give us.
The time is now to create lives we love.