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Achievers Laziness Guide Scott Jeffrey

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   An Achiever's Guide to Overcoming Laziness Scott Jeffrey Have you had those days when you lack the motivation to do anything? I have too. But haven’t you also had those days where you find your rhythm, accomplishing excellent work? This guide is for two types of people: 1.Those who define themselves as “lazy people” and want to overcome laziness 2.Those who define themselves as over-achievers and judge lazy people. For anyone committed to personal development    and self-mastery, laziness can feel like a mortal enemy we must battle. Is laziness an affliction that affects us only sometimes? If so, how can we overcome laziness? Let's dive in. Meet the Achiever Are you busy most of the time? If you’re an achiever, you feel anxiety and guilt when you aren’t working or doing something productive. I often feel this tension. If you have children, how much idle time do they have? Most children today have schedules like CEOs, packed with back-to-back classes and extracurricular activities. © 2017 Scott Jeffrey1    Children end their day exhausted, needing to sedate themselves in front of a television just like their parents. Our culture has a bias toward achievement. Busyness and productivity are signs of success. But what stands in the way of achievement and success? Meet the Lazy Person The nemesis of achievers is laziness. In Christianity, it’s one of the Seven Deadly Sins called sloth. Sloth is failing to do things one should do. Some call it evil when we fail to act. The achiever is an accepted member of our society; the lazy person is not. And when an individual or group shuns a quality of consciousness, it gets pushed back into the shadow   . As long as the lazy person remains our enemy, it forever haunts us.  Achievers and Lazy People So here’s the problem: we believe we have a choice between being achievers or lazy people. In the prevailing cultural view, being an achiever means we’re successful. Being a lazy person means we’re a loser. We don’t want to be losers. As achievers, we want to win. We don’t want to be losers. As achievers, we want to win. But this divide between winners and losers—achievers and lazy folks—is an illusion born of ignorance. The reality is we can be both a lazy person and an achiever, or we can be neither. We can’t be one or the other. Some of us identify ourselves as achievers (and over-achievers), pushing our lazy part into our shadow. Other people see themselves as lazy, suppressing their proactive, achieving part. Other people see themselves as lazy, suppressing their proactive, achieving part. Both a lazy person and an achiever live in us. We are neither of these archetypes, but they are both within us. © 2017 Scott Jeffrey2    Suppressing Laziness Doesn’t Work Most of our efforts in personal development  and self-discipline are attempts to cage our lazy part. We hate, criticize, attack, and condemn it. This approach, however, only strengthens laziness. We hate, criticize, attack, and condemn it. This approach, however, only strengthens laziness. In the end, this unconscious force wins. We get sick. A disease forms. We develop an acute, chronic pain somewhere in our body. Shun the lazy god and it sends its wrath upon us. How Laziness is Born As a child, we had no responsibilities. If we were precocious children, we asked lots of questions and explored the world with curiosity and awe. Or, if left alone, maybe we entered a quiet, Zen-like state, absorbed in the present moment. But soon, our environment molded our minds. Our parents had the burden of responsibility for themselves and us. As mature adults, this would not feel like a burden, as they would be ready for this stage in their life cycle. But according to developmental psychology, few people ever reach mature adulthood—and almost no one does so in their 20s and 30s when they are raising children. In our parents was the voice of their parents, who bemoaned, “Why are you sitting around? Go do something.” Some of us heard our parents say these words while others absorbed the message in their subconscious. Judgment breeds laziness. Almost always, it’s instilled in us early on from our parents and then from our teachers. Most of us didn’t like school, and we didn’t enjoy homework. Why would we? Our school systems make learning a tedious chore (which is one way they kill creativity   in children). Our lack of engagement in our education fueled our lazy part. Plus, there was television and video games. Sight, sound, and motion stimulates our brains and dominates our attention. Game over. © 2017 Scott Jeffrey3     In childhood, our environment gives birth to the lazy part. Then, most of us fight with it, run from it, or succumb to it for the rest of our lives. The Eight Faces of Laziness Like procrastination, laziness is a symptom, not a cause. Before we explore ways of overcoming laziness, it’s helpful to understand the various causes of laziness. What makes laziness so pervasive are the many expressions it can take: 1.Confusion: “I don’t know what to do.” 2.Neurotic Fear: “I just can’t.” 3.Fixed Mindset: “I’m afraid I’ll fail or look stupid.” 4.Lethargy: “I’m too tired. I don’t have the energy.” 5.Apathy: “I just don’t care about anything.” 6.Regret: “I’m too old to get started. It’s too late.” 7.Identity: “I’m just a lazy person.” 8.Shame: “I shouldn’t be so lazy.” Do any of these voices sound familiar? It’s important to hear these voices or thought patterns and to accept them without judgment or criticism. Behind each voice is a message. These sentiments provide information, nothing more. Let’s look at each thought pattern and find ways of addressing them. Confusion: “I don’t know what to do.” This voice might tell the truth. At this moment, the part expressing this voice doesn’t know what to do. When you hear this voice, start by finding your center   . Welcome the confusion. It will pass. And clarity will become. You can also ask your Inner Guide   for further insight. © 2017 Scott Jeffrey4  
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