All life demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish, and insensitive to the real values of life. The very striving and hardwork that we so constantly try to avoid is the major building block in the person we are today.
–Pope Paul VI
Successful people live well, but not by accident. Successful people do the things most of us talk about doing, but don’t do. Successful people wake up each morning planning for success, work towards success through the day, reflect on that success in the evening, and then plan for the next days success.
Not every successful person follows the same path but every successful person does what is necessary for his or her success. So, lets take a look:
1. Successful people get out of bed in the morning. I have been lucky enough to know many very successful people in my life. The one thing that separates them from everyone else is that they get up each morning ready to accomplish something.
2. Successful people learn. I am always amazed at how much successful people believe they have to learn. They read, they go to seminars, they take night classes, they go to computer school, they learn, learn, and learn. Successful people understand the world is changing and they either change with it or get left behind.
3. Successful people have little time for television. I believe television steals life. I tell most of the people I coach that a good life begins with turning off the television. I know people who turn the television on when they wake up in the morning and leave it on until they go to sleep at night. They don’t read, don’t exercise, and don’t achieve anything in life. In fact, I have yet to meet a person whose life has been improved because of television. Sure, there are good programs now and then, but television should be the last thing, never the first, in your day. Watch it only when you have already achieved your goals for the day.
4. Successful people listen. A very wise man once remarked that we have two ears and one mouth because God wanted us to listen twice as much as we talk. None of us can learn a thing when we talk. Everything we learn comes from information we allow in to our ears and our mind.
5. Successful people make the effort. Everybody wants more, but very few are willing to make the sacrifice. Success is no accident. So, does that mean you have to work all day every day to succeed? Absolutely not. My successful friends play much more than others. They vacation,they watch footballs, they have great hobbies like flying or golf but they know it also takes money to succeed. They understand money is not the meaning of life but it sure makes things easier. Take a look around you, see the successful people, and look at how they lead their lives. Then, instead of being envious, ask how you can use their techniques for your advantage. The investment you make in yourself will help you change the way you think, and then you will know what it is like to live and act like successful people.
In order to perform our work more efficiently, and to live a full, active and successful life, we must learn how to overcome laziness.
Simple tips for overcoming laziness:
1) Break down a task into smaller tasks
We often avoid tasks because we find them too big, too overwhelming, too tiring, or taking too much of our time. Breaking a task into several smaller tasks can solve this problem.
2) Rest, sleep and exercise
In some cases, laziness is due to being tired and lacking energy. If this is true in your case, you need to give yourself the rest and sleep you need, and also give your body enough exercise and fresh air.
In some cases, the reason for laziness is due to lack of motivation. You can strengthen your motivation through affirmations, visualization and thinking about the importance of performing your task or achieving your goal.
4) Have a vision of what and who you want to be Frequently reflecting on the person we want to be, the goals we want to achieve, and the life we want to live, can motivate us to act.
5) Think about benefits
Think about the benefits you will gain if you overcome your laziness and take action, instead of thinking about the difficulties or obstacles. Focusing on the difficulties of the task or action lead to discouragement, avoidance of taking action and to laziness. It is important that you focus your mind and attention on the benefits, not on the difficulties.
6) Thinking about the consequences
Think about what will happen, if you succumb to laziness, and don’t perform your task or chore. Thinking about the consequences, if you do not act, can also push you to take action.
7) Doing one thing at a time
Focus on doing one thing at a time. If you feel you have a lot to do, you will probably feel overwhelmed and let laziness overcome you, instead of you overcoming laziness.
Your imagination has a great influence on your mind, habits and action. Visualize yourself performing the task easily, energetically and enthusiastically. Do so before starting with a task or goal, and also when you feel lazy, or when your mind whispers to you to abandon what you are doing.
9) Repeat affirmations
“I can accomplish my goal.”
“I have the energy and motivation to act and do whatever I want or have to do.”
“Doing things makes me stronger.”
“Doing things makes things happen.”
10) Regards a task as an exercise
Consider each task as an exercise to make you stronger, more decisive and more assertive.
Avoid procrastination, which is a form of laziness. If there is something you have to do, why not do it right now and get through with it? Why let it stay nagging at the back of your head?
12) Learn from successful people
Watch successful people, and how they do not let laziness win. Learn from them, talk with them and associate with them.
Overcoming the habit of laziness is achieved through a series of daily actions and activities, when you choose to act, instead of remaining passive. Every time you overcome your laziness you get stronger. Every time you choose to act, you increase your ability to win, achieve goals and improve your life.
“How You Spend Your Time Defines Who You Are”