Hard-working vs. lazy

I’ll admit it… I used to be lazy. Been there.

Addiction and procrastination were also problems at around the same time, and you may find that most people with a laziness problem also have the other two tagging along.

Notice I said, “used to be”? And on the other side of lazy would be…

Hard-working—been there also (after the other one).

How did I get there though?

I pushed on through until it became my new norm, and I did so through perseverance, discipline and determination. And it wasn’t just a minor bedtime adjustment that fully manifested overnight—it was a change of lifestyle that took time for me to adjust.

Like a lazy person has a lazy lifestyle—one that exhibits multiple signs or symptoms in the person’s life and/or around the person (some of which may be people around that person saying, “You’re lazy!”)—, a hard-working person has a hard-working lifestyle that shows up in more ways than one.

From my understanding, I’d describe the process of transitioning from one place to the other like this:

It’s like walking up to a boulder and trying to push it downhill from a stationary position. In the beginning, it’s not easy. You have to struggle to get it moving, and during the process you might feel like giving up. But as you persevere, it eventually starts to move. As it continues to roll, it picks up a momentum of its own; as the momentum grows, it reaches a point where it isn’t as difficult as before to move.

Having reached the other side, I can tell you that it’s better there, and worth the initial pain—the kind of pain that isn’t for the rest of your life, if you continue on in the hard-working lifestyle.

Of course that doesn’t mean you can never rest again or have “lazy” moments from time to time. You need rest.

One full day of rest a week is a good idea—and if you’re already in the hard-working lifestyle, it’s still relatively easy to resume once you’ve taken a bit of a break. You’re in a better position to pick up where you left off once you’re rested up.

Perhaps after you were to have lapsed into a largely inactive lifestyle for a full week, it would feel significantly challenging to get back into it.

It’s like maintaining a certain level of physical fitness. Breaks facilitate muscle growth and recovery and are a necessary part of the process, but otherwise you’ve got to keep at it; and while you do so, your current fitness level sort of carries you along at a certain level. But if you let yourself go long enough, then you lose some of your gains from your past workouts and can’t rely so much on them to keep you going at the same level as before.

When you’re physically fit, not only do you look better, but you also have more energy to move around and get physically demanding tasks done. I have reason to think that it also helps one’s mind function better, and that it slows down the ageing process.

Personally, as one having been overweight and experienced dramatic transformation in the area of physical fitness in addition to other areas of my life, I can understand how unhealthy imbalance in one area of a person’s life can be an indication that there’s a lack of discipline, self control, integrity, etc. spilling over into other areas.

If one unhealthy habit is attacked and dealt with, it may not only equip the person to deal with other unhealthy areas, but by the time the person gets around to focussing on the other areas, they may already be partially dealt with.

Are you lazy and thinking about change? If so, here are some things to consider before starting your journey:

    1. Do you really want it? Imagine how much harder it would be to put so much effort and time into accomplishing something that you don’t even want—and I’m not promising it’ll be easy.
    2. Are you living in denial? For someone long accustomed to the refusal to admit that there’s a problem (when, in fact, there is a problem), it can be a painful step to admit that he/she is wrong. It could be that you’re not lazy and still reading; or maybe you don’t think you’re lazy (and maybe you are), but decided to read this part anyway; or perhaps you know you’re kind of lazy, but have been inwardly telling yourself that it isn’t hurting anyone.
    3. Do you understand the benefits? If you understand how much better life would be, that can help you to want it. If you can see how laziness has negatively impacted you, it may help you to see how change can positively impact you.
    4. Are you motivated? If you’ve been living in denial and have come to accept the truth of it; if you recognize how bad (e.g., unhealthy, less productive, etc.) it is to be lazy and can see the benefits of change; and if you really want to change, then you have motivation.