How to Overcome Laziness?

Short answer: You have to be pushed and motivated by your own goals.

Long answer: Let me explain.

Laziness is something that nobody can help you with until help yourself. Like if you have depression, a psychologist or a counselor can help. If you have an illness, a fever or whatever, a doctor can help. If you have time management issues, I can help. If you have confidence issues, I can help (I actually wrote a book about it).

But if you have a laziness issue, then that is something that you have to break yourself. Laziness, as I define it, is not doing something even though you know you can and you should do it.

That’s great news. Because it means that you have the control. You can choose to do it or not do it. It’s a choice you make. Nobody controls your choices but you.

When you choose not to do it because it’s not convenient, difficult and troublesome. That’s laziness.

So if you want to overcome laziness, my ultimate advice would be to drop all the excuses and just do it.

That’s it.

I could give you the best motivational speech on the planet. I could be in your home right now speaking directly to you one-to-one for 5 or 6 hours. At the end of the day, if you don’t want to do it, you’re not going to do it.

When I started to learn counseling, one of the initial lessons is that you can’t force someone to change. If people don’t want your help, then you can’t help them. You can only help those who want it.

They have to seek help themselves. In other words, nobody can help them unless they help themselves first.

That’s a thing about laziness. 

You have to push yourself first. It’s difficult, I know. I’ve been there. In a way, I’m still there because I still have the laziness inside. I would love to do nothing all day.

But I can’t. Because I have life goals I want to achieve. So whether I like it or not, I have to get up, get out, and push myself to achieve my goals. The process is long, tedious, and tiring but because I want the goals so badly, I do it anyway.

That’s how I manage my laziness, even to this day.


AIMAN AZLAN, #YouthMentor
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