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If you are suffering from the habit of being lazy, you might
benefit from the advice I gave to Ashish on overcoming
> Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2008
> Subject: Re: Brain Squeezer
031: The Gurdjieff STOP
> how can you help me to
overcome my laziness.i am very lazy to
anything.so,please help me
in this regard.
> waiting for a
Here is my reply:
Thank you for your question. I also experience times of
laziness. Here are my observations about it.
1. Confusion and lack of clarity
When I have too many ideas rattling around in my head, fighting
for my attention, I get overwhelmed and end up not wanting to
do anything. In this instance, you have to be like a gardener
with an overgrown garden and start pruning things back. The
word 'decide' comes from a latin word meaning to cut away from
-- meaning you have to cut away the alternatives and focus on
the one thing you have decided to do, and do it.
2. Lack of perspective
Laziness often requires a shock to your awareness to break you
out of the little trance you are in. You are in a comfortable
place and you think all is well. But then someone you love
dies, or you get a huge bill come in that you don't have money
for, and then it's like having a cold shower of reality -- it
wakes you up to what you should have been doing.
It's like at school or work where maybe you have a deadline
to finish a project by. It's in 2 weeks time, so you think,
'I've got plenty of time' and you goof off playing. But then
suddenly you get to the night before the deadline and you
suddenly realise how much work you have to do, and the shock
wakes you out of your trance, and gets you working flat out to
try and get it done in time.
We lazy people have to create for ourselves the ability to
think long term (because it doesn't come natural to us). We
have to think about what we want, and realise that time is
running out, and if we don't do it, we will never experience
the things we want to achieve in life.
See article: Fun and Games with
the Grim Reaper
3. Power of momentum
When you are lazy, you have to get your energy going faster so
that you can get into motion and then let the momentum of your
speed keep you moving. If you feel sluggish and lazy, you just
have to do something to get moving, like getting up out of the
chair, changing your physiology, breathing and moving like
someone who is full of energy and dynamism.
Laziness is just a habit, and habits take consistent effort
to change for at least 30 days. Just keep moving and focusing
on doing one thing after another. It's like stoking a fire, you
have to poke the embers to get the flame going again. Or you
can think of it like an ox or a donkey where you have to keep
slapping it to get it to go faster and faster until it goes
from a walk, to a trot, to a canter, to a gallop.
There is an old saying, 'A rolling stone gathers no moss.'
You have to be like the stone and get rolling, and keep
yourself rolling. Avoid the actions or activities that lead to
you feeling lazy: don't go to bed late and then sleep in till
late in the morning. Stay away from the foods that make you
feel sluggish and lethargic afterwards. Avoid the people that
bring you down to their level. Make choices that support and
enhance your life rather than dragging it down. Surely that is
the intelligent way to live.
There is another saying, 'If you want something done, ask a
busy man.' What that means is the busy man is in motion
already, and he can quickly respond to your request and do the
task quickly with little fuss. On the other hand the person who
isn't busy and occupied makes a big deal out of simple tasks,
and puts them off, or takes ages with them.
Become busy, keep your energy flowing, stay in motion
through the day. The mind loves to be occupied, purposeful and
focused -- these give it great energy and a sense of
4. Emotional Spurs
Another good way to get yourself going is by comparing yourself
to others. There comes a point where your laziness really hurts
your self-esteem because you will find yourself getting left
behind by your peers. They will go on to have successes in
business, education, art, science, sports or whatever. They
will learn new skills, or help create new products, and they
will get to experience things that you don't... and suddenly
your story is not so interesting anymore and you will realise
how your laziness is hurting you and keeping you back. We
mistake laziness for freedom. It is not.
This aspect of life is particularly noticeable if you are
wanting to attract a partner. If you are lazy, you will have
very little to offer them.
5. Reframing situations
Laziness is often quite selective. A man is lazing on a bench
because he doesn't want to paint the wall but if a beautiful
woman appears and asks for his help, he will jump up and help
her (suddenly finding the energy!). What we have to do is find
the thing(s) that we love to do, and see if there is anyway
that we can do that as a career.
And if we have a career that we do not care for, we have to
try and reframe it so that we have more energy and enthusiasm
for it. This just takes creative use of the mind to think in a
different way about the work.
Let's say that I want to be a computer programmer, but I
have no skills yet and the only work I can get is digging
ditches. It's filthy work and I hate it. I drag my feet on the
way to work. I have no enthusiasm for the job. But it's what
I'm doing so somehow I want to make the best of it. I can think
how lucky I am to have a job at all. I can think about how the
money I earn helps to feed and clothe me. I can think about how
I am keeping healthier through all the exercise I get. I can
think about how nice it is to be out in the fresh air. I can
think about how this is giving me the income to afford to do
computer classes at night. You get the idea.
Changing your thoughts changes the way you perceive the
world. Positive thoughts give you more energy and enthusiasm,
causing you to do more and be more active.
That's enough to be going on with. Keep me updated with your
reactions to these suggestions, and let me know your own tips
for overcoming laziness.
With very best wishes,
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