In order to overcome laziness and procrastination and stop it being a recurring theme in your life, you need to get very clear on what is it you want from your life – and most importantly why? If you don’t have something to strive toward or an ideal to reach for, then there really is no reason to get up in the morning.
Most people go through their lives just to get to the next day – in order to get to the weekend, and then repeat the whole depressing cycle again. If that is your case currently, it is understandable that you are struggling to find the motivation to get up and go after the things you want by letting laziness and procrastination get in your way. We as human beings are biologically designed to choose the path of least resistance and the most comfortable approach – to get what we want with the least effort exerted. This is a mechanism of the survival instinct that is built-in all of us.
You want to create a situation where there is something so extra-ordinary you want to achieve in your life on the far end of things – the big picture – that you can’t stay in bed due to the excitement and opportunity that each day alive presents itself to allow you to work on achieving those things.
Create meaning with everything you do in life by associating with the bigger picture of the goal you want to achieve and the person you want to become in the process. Conversely, get rid of unnecessary activities and people that do not aid you in accomplishing the big goal. Create a big vision for yourself and focus on doing the one most important thing that will get you closest to your goal – first thing in the morning, as soon as you get up. This will help you build the discipline, will power and overall character required day by day that is crucial in transforming and becoming that person. Make it a habit every single day.
For example: If you are struggling to get out of bed to go to school. Merge the daily activity of going to school to your bigger goal of running a company one day by telling yourself that the foundation of knowledge taught at school is an essential learning curve for me to transform my mental capacities and gain the required knowledge to be a boss of a major corporation. This in turn will lead you to do the one thing that is of the most significance to that goal – which is revise the material that was taught to you each day to make sure you retain the lessons. This will only be possible to execute once you are absolutely sure and have the firm belief that you do indeed wan to be a leader at a major organisation.
As you do these things every day, you build momentum and increase the desire to accomplish all the things you dream about in order to actualize your vision. Secondly, you build the methodology by which you become successful – which requires structure (i.e. getting up early single every day). Don’t wait for the ‘feeling’ to do things. Get up and do the things you are supposed to whether you feel like it or not. Discipline is the trait knowing and doing what you are supposed to do, whether you feel like it or not.
The ‘Reality’ Principle
The ‘Reality’ Principle dictates that if you structure your life, create discipline and use will power to create virtues associated with big picture goals and ideals in your life – you are going to be a successful person.
So ask yourself, ‘why are you getting up?’ Get clear on what is it you want to become and accomplish in life. Take action on the most important thing, first thing in the morning. If you do this, laziness and procrastination will be a thing of the past.
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