Lazy is defined as “unwilling to work or use energy.”
I have been lazy countless times. Lazy to brush my teeth, lazy to go to work, lazy to eat, lazy to workout, lazy to do a lot of things. It is a vice that has defined a lot of my life. Ah, the things you could have accomplished you we were not lazy and had stuck through something. Maybe that book you started writing three years ago but was too lazy to finish; that special relationship you had but was too lazy to give it your all; that business plan you wrote ten years ago but was too lazy to start; or that trip to Asia you were to lazy to book . Just imagine where you could have been at this moment if you had not given over to laziness. I think about how my laziness has affected my productivity all the time, and this is what I have learnt:
Lazy is a mindset. We would like to think that our laziness comes from a higher power who has control over our minds and bodies. A malevolent force that does not want us to go after our dreams or achieve something. The bottom line is, laziness is nothing but a creation of our minds. It is a barrier we create as a sort of defense to fear. We think that if we do not go after our dreams and allow laziness to hold us back, then we will not open up ourselves to disappointment, failure or even success.
Laziness creates a ton of regret. As I mentioned above, there are a lot of things we can achieve if we never give in to laziness. Personally, I am a victim of regret due to my inability to successfully conquer this vice. I started a blog years ago but stopped, I started writing a book years ago but stopped, I started learning to code years ago but stopped, I started doing many things years ago, but stopped. I could have been a very successful writer, blogger, businessman, inventor, web designer or god knows what right now. However, I let laziness determine my level of success and my path. This in turn has created a lot of regret. When I look back at how far I could have been in many of the ventures I have started, its like damn! But I try not to let regret rule my life.
The only solution to laziness is to just do. Sitting around and expecting things to change will never change anything. The only way to conquer your laziness is to go after whatever you want. We would like to think that we have all the time in the world to accomplish our goals, but the truth is there is no tomorrow. You only have now! The time we waste waiting for the “right time” is just us making excuses as to why we are lazy or afraid to go after the greatness we all can achieve.
I have learnt a lot in my short life, and the negative effects that laziness can have on your productivity is one of them. If we allow this vice to overtake our lives, we will end up with endless regrets.
What has your laziness stopped you from doing?