This is session number 124 of the Absolute Mind podcast and this show is all about being lazy. This is something we can all feel like from time to time. But, for those of us who have this in a bad way. Life is hard.
Where to start with Laziness. The first thing is first. You get what you expect. If you think you are lazy, then, ta daa. you will be. It’s impossible to hold a belief about yourself about being lazy, only to find you start to get more things done. We’re not wired that way. Your expectation creates your reality.
So, in order for you to get past this, you have to give yourself a way out. This isn’t talking positively to yourself, it isn’t about positive affirmations. You’re too clever for that the other voices will kick in and bring you right back down to level ground, quicker that you can say, “lazy butt“.
It’s about reasons and changes. These can and will act as a placebo. You see, if you decide as of Monday (all new things start on a Monday). That you will start to drink 2L of water per day, because that will give you more energy and allow you to become more productive. This is a way you can generate a new belief that is in line with popular beliefs so you’ll probably find that agreeable.
Changes create changes. This means in order for you to make a sudden change, You, need to make a sudden change. the change you make doesn’t need to be directly in relations to the desired change. Things like, cold or cooler showers are easy to do and make great “excuses/beliefs” to allow you to create other changes. Sayings like “since i’ve been doing X, i’ve found that Y”.
We’re hard wired to accept X and Y saying and beliefs. So, use this and create them.
Getting disturbed is a great motivator. Procrastination and laziness are symptoms of comfort. A strange saying but very true. Those who are “On the ball”, use a belief held dear to them that keeps them pushing on. Top sports people keep pushing on because they decide once they are number one that a real world class number one would need to hold that title for several years to make it real. This keeps them pushing on. You see, it’s nothing real, simply a story/reason that has the power.
Acknowledge and accept
This is another great way to just get stuff done. Don’t fight it and question it. Simple acknowledge the lazy thinking and say “OK let’s just get this done”. Also, set yourself small targets but always hit or over achieve them. Think, if you ran 10k and felt tired, would YOU slow down or speed up on the final straight? Some of us take our foot off the gas. So, as I always say, practice makes permeant. Practice becoming a person who completes things.
The accept part of this is really useful too. The voices in our heads can be a real bummer. Don’t get into a fight with them, they will win. always have and always will. When a lazy thoughts about yourself comes in, simply think, “Up to know I would have don’t x behaviour, but now I simply do y. Don’t go too elaborate though. Just make a small impact for now and build upon it.
Diet and exercise. Probably the worlds biggest paradox. If you eat highly nutritious foods, and exercise, you’ll have more energy and motivation. Strange because calories are energy, but the wrong ones will sap our energy. Drink plenty of water and eat lots of good foods and notice how much better you begin to feel.