How To Get Rid Of Laziness Once and For All
Do you have difficulty making decisions and find yourself floundering in a sea of uncertainty ?
Is your attitude one of ambivalence? Do you lack enthusiasm, motivation or a sense of direction for your life?
Do you spend more time procrastinating than you do on being truly productive?
Do you spend more time scheduling and re-scheduling appointments rather than getting things done?
Do you feel that you just can’t be bothered to give it your all any more?
Do you dare to admit that you are not living up to your full potential?
If the answer YES to any of these questions, it could mean that you suffer from spiritual laziness.
What Is Spiritual Laziness?
When people hear the word spiritual, there is usually an instant assumption that it has some religious connotation.
While that is true, in some cases — for the purposes of this discussion, this is not what is meant.
I describe spiritual laziness as a comfortable numbness. It comes from duping ourselves into thinking we are fine, when everything couldn’t be worse.
Spiritual laziness is:
* aimlessly wandering through life.
* allowing circumstances to dictate your life.
* apathy combined with negligence.
* being disinclined to participate.
* coasting through each day.
* doing nothing when action is called for.
* failure to recognize your own inner beauty.
* giving up on your ambitions, your dreams, your life.
* ignoring your gifts, talents and abilities.
* lack of concern and interest.
* neglecting ones personal responsibilities.
* not intentionally living out your God-given purpose.
* settling for less than your best.
Collectively, these are a measure of the height of laziness… or is it the light of haziness? There’s no clarity in either case.
What Is the Opposite of Laziness?
I think most people hunger for an authentic, purpose-filled life, even if they don’t realize it.
Why do I think that? Because I believe God has designed us to excel, to flourish, to thrive.
We are created for:
- achievements and ambitions… not aloofness and apathy.
- conquering and courage… not carelessness and complacency.
- destiny and dreams… not dormancy and dullness.
- industry and intentionality… not indolence and inertia.
- mastery and motivation… not anything meaningless or mundane.
- passion and purpose… not passivity and procrastination.
- skills and success… not for being slack and sluggish.
As you can see, we are far too valuable for laziness of any sort.
Nobody ever became successful by being lazy. In fact, laziness has never achieved anything.
The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.
Get Rid Of Laziness Once and For All
Laziness At The Personal Level
One area you can never afford to be lazy in is the deep sense of connection with your self, with who you really are; with your values, your sense of identity and purpose. To live otherwise is simply unwise.
To live life fully and intentionally requires the courage to be your self, your authentic self, regardless of whatever circumstances present themselves in a day.
It also requires a deep and abiding commitment to your own personal integrity. You may know that the words integrity and integral come from the Latin word integer, meaning whole, not fractional. If you lack this vital trait, it is easy to understand why you feel like something is missing in your life. You are right, of course. That nondescript, intangible something you are missing out on is your true self – a self now covered with masks of pretence and buried under layers of illusion.
To live life fully and intentionally demands of your self that you never be willing to sacrifice, exchange or trade away any of your core values for quick gain or temporary convenience.
No matter how desirable it looks, no matter how much you may be convinced to tolerate it, no matter what easy opportunities you think you may gain, never permit yourself to stray from what you know to be essential because your core values are not transitory.
Keep your core values intact that honor your own integrity. And believe me when I tell you, you’re worth it! You matter!
The Bible asks a simple yet profound question of us:
“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” [Mark 8:36]
Focusing your full attention, all your energy, and all of your time into your purpose is not only how to get rid of laziness, it is the key to living an authentic, purpose-filled life. Consider everything else a distraction.
Eliminate Every Excuse. This is the key to being purposeful. When you do this, you take action.
This helps you overcome the habit of procrastination, set achievable goals, and plan your schedule.
Laziness At the Business Level
From a business perspective, establish clear procedures, protocols and rules as to the quality and quantity of work expected.
Monitor job performance for deformity, deviation and differences against these standards. Failure to do so results in lost productivity, and as you know, wasted time is never recovered.
If an employee is not measuring up, ask yourself: Is the cause laziness… or do they need personal guidance on ways to improve?
Remember: Trees are pruned to be more fruitful.
Some people are ill-suited for particular tasks, and poor performance is the result. Do your due diligence. If suggested improvements and corrective actions are ignored, or written notices go unheeded, you need to cut your losses.
=== In conclusion ===
Leave no room for laziness of any kind in your life.
When you are fully engaged in your purpose, success is inevitable. BE on purpose and stay ON purpose!
Let’s Hear From YOU Now…
None of us is perfect; we can only strive to be better.
Is laziness interfering with your life?
What have you done to get rid of laziness?
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