No one wants to admit to being lazy but putting things off has been in my nature for years. “I Can Do That Later” is my anthem. I’m not lazy though.
Getting up at 4:30 am to drive one hour to an extremely difficult job, is not what a lazy person does.
Working ten hours a day, then driving an hour home again, is not what a lazy person does.
Logging in from home on Saturday, or driving into the office, is not what a lazy person does.
Seriously, this is not how a lazy person behaves. Is it?
I believe lazy is not who you are but how you behave. It’s part of your character. And it’s a difficult thing to face. I know this firsthand.
One of the signs of laziness is procrastination. And I am the queen of procrastination. But wearing the crown is not easy because when I put things off, I ultimately end up in panic mode. Like now, writing this blog the day before the deadline.
I could make excuses like…
September was a wash due to illness.
Now it’s hard to concentrate at times.
I have writer’s block.
The life of laziness is riddled with excuses. I have been known to say, “I am not making excuses, just stating how it is.”
But now I see how it is: I can be lazy.
And this is how laziness has served me:
50 pounds overweight.
Cluttered house, inside and out
Half read books
Half written blog posts
A coaching business that could be so much more.
As a coach I ask my clients questions. Here’s one for me: “How can I turn this around?”
Reconnect with my Why.
Why did I want to be a life coach? I want to transform lives of indifference into lives of purpose. This is the tagline of my website; I believe in it that much.
Why do I want to lose 50 pounds? I want to be healthy and enjoy my senior years.
Why do I want to get rid of clutter? Living with clutter is stressful.
Re-evaluate where I am right now and figure out what needs to be done to get back on track.
I know what got me off track but I’m not going to use it as an excuse. What I need to do is to refocus on where I am going, not where I am.
Begin using the Skittles & Oranges method taught by OolaGuys again.
Refocus my energy and time on helping others by redoing the 10-week Oola Coaching program. This program is so good for getting laser focus back into my life.
I have now confessed and owned laziness, but what about you? Are you lazy?
Laziness doesn’t necessarily show itself in every area of your life. It could be only one or two small things.
Think about it. Are you lazy?
If you feel a twinge of guilt, remorse, or shame when you read that question, you probably are. That’s okay. Recognizing the issue is the first step. The next step is to make the necessary changes.
When I started writing this post, I tried a couple of different things, but nothing sounded true or right. Then I remembered the best way to illustrate anything is with a personal example. This was difficult to write, but I am not ashamed. Instead, I’m determined to change and to turn things around.
Join me in removing the lazy bone. Look back over the steps I’m doing to rid myself of laziness. Make your own and get started.