The battle of lazy
Lots of folks think I get a lot done. I sometimes get some really nice compliments on what I’ve managed to accomplish in a fairly short amount of time. Whether it’s building my training business, juggling the seminar business, putting out DVDs, creating daily content, working with clients, or just working out, people think I get a good amount done. That’s super flattering. And I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished (along with LOTS of help from all the amazing people around me!).
But here’s the thing: every single day I battle laziness. I battle giving in to distractions. I battle doing what’s easiest rather than what’s best. Every. Single. Day. Sometimes I win, sometimes I sort of win, and sometimes I’m pretty disappointed at what I did or didn’t get accomplished.
What’s helped me overcome and fight the battle of lazy most successfully, is habits. There’s magic in building habits and practices into your day. Habits become decisions you don’t have to muster tons of strength for. If you do them long enough they just sort of become daily stuff you do – like brushing your teethe. These habits become your partners in discipline. Yes, they still may have some resistance and avoidance built into them, but once you get some solid momentum of repetition, it’s easier to do these things you know you need to do, even when you don’t want to do them.
I have a daily am routine that really helps me anchor the essentials, the non-negotiable stuff I HAVE to get done. Up early, write up my day and what I want to get done, my raw smoothy for health, responding to all my social media stuff, checking emails that might be super important, then at least an hour and half to read/study blogs and books and videos to feed and grow my brain, writing/creating/posting content for the business, quick text exchanges with Laura about any important business stuff, fire off more content around 9:30-10ish, then off to the gym for an hour’s workout (Jim Rohn plays in the car both directions to the gym), study helpful videos while working out, try to have at least one salad a day for lunch and usually eat the same grilled chicken and steamed broccoli for dinner.
Now this might not sound glamorous, and it might seem annoyingly repetitious, but it’s the secret sauce that allows me to ensure that no matter what happens the rest of the day, I’ve conquered the essential battles of lazy. (Health, fitness, mind, and business.) Do I have days when I mess up, overindulge, lose track of time, allow myself to get distracted? Absolutely. But the more habits you build into your day the more successful you’ll be at overcoming the slow derailing of laziness. And the good news is, if you’re hitting about 75%-80% great habits, the other stuff will be ok.
Laziness is a battle we never get to retire from fighting. It’s a life long-er! But if we find some tweaks and hacks through daily habits we can make some pretty amazing stuff happen. But just know it’ll never be perfect. Luckily you don’t need perfect to make an awesome life!!