We all know the feeling.
There's something important that needs to get done. Something that will make you and your life better. And all you have to do is just do the damn thing.
But the couch feels so comfortable. You're tired. You've had a long day.
You start weighing it out. Should you do it? Or not?
Let's be honest. You're leaning heavily to 'not.'
Laziness has you by the throat.
What do you do?
Well, let's figure out what laziness really is. Like many other feelings and emotions, it's a cover up for something else.
Laziness is a manifestation of one of the following two things:
1. A Lack of Self Belief
Humans are much more likely to do something if they're sure it will work. If it feels like it may work, or it may not, the driving force that gets you off the couch weakens substantially.
It might turn out to be a waste of time and energy. You may not be good enough to achieve the goal. You may not have the willpower to stick with it long enough to get there.
This stacks the decision heavily in favor of staying on the couch.
If it might not work...if I might waste my time.... why try?
2. An Aversion to Discomfort
As the highest of primates to ever roam the earth, humans find themselves in a unique predicament.
On one hand, we're wired for short-term pleasure. This explains why we love sugar highs, back massages, and social media likes.
But we find meaning and fulfillment in long-term progress.
A happy and fulfilled life is not found in short-term pleasure, but in overcoming resistance and becoming the greatest version of yourself.
Which means in every situation, you're faced with a choice:
Short-term pleasure, or long-term satisfaction.
The equivalent of a 90-second sugar high.
Embracing your destiny, overcoming mediocrity, and becoming your greatest self.
When stated like that, the choice becomes obvious. The problem is, most of us don't realize we're making that choice.
The stakes are higher than we thought.
Overcoming Laziness to Beat Mediocrity
So how do you overcome this feeling of laziness that's been holding you back?
Well, we just did.
By exposing laziness for what it really is, we realize it's a fabrication of our mind. A resistance to be overcome.
By choosing bravery, dignity, and responsibility to your future, greater self.
See, the feeling of laziness isn't going anywhere. We all experience it, and we always will. Even the greatest among us, who have achieved the things you admire most come face-to-face with laziness on a regular basis.
The difference is, they're aware of the choice they're making: Short Term Pleasure vs Long Term Progress and Satisfaction.
One provides a few moments of pleasure. But ultimately leads to the feelings of frustration and angst caused by wasted time, wasted talent, and a wasted life.
The other requires you to sacrifice those few moments of pleasure in exchange for the satisfaction of overcoming resistance and realizing your greatest potential.
So, the question remains...
When laziness strikes, the couch is calling your name, and you're not sure if you have what it takes to succeed, what will you do?
I'd love to blow some smoke and say, now that you're aware of your choice, you'll definitely chose long term satisfaction over short term pleasure...
...but the fact is, most people will still choose comfort over becoming their greatest self.
What's important is that you now have a choice. You know what's at stake.
Short term pleasure...
Or the long term satisfaction of creating your greatest self.
One of them must be sacrificed, and the choice is all yours.
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