I used to pride myself on being a pretty motivated person. I have done a decent amount of things that people tell me they couldn’t ever do. Like run a half marathon, blog in my (very limited) free time, quit eating meat, and go without booze AND sugar for 30 days at the same time.
Let me assure you, I am a regular person. I don’t have any motivation-potion that I sprinkle in my coffee. When I set my mind to something, I just do it. Sometimes I don’t want to. But once I’m determined there is no choice to make.
But here’s the thing – I’ve lost my mojo a bit. I’ve gotten in the habit of saying – eh, not today. For the record, I don’t think there is anything wrong with taking time off from something when you need it.
I think unscheduled breaks and days off from your obligations are necessary and totally deserved – when you’re sticking to your goals. And I’m not talking about things like basic hygiene and going to work, those are a given. I’m talking about the extras. The things we say we want to do but sometimes feel like we don’t have the time or energy to do.
Recently, I’ve found myself using a phrase I absolutely hate: I’m too lazy for that.
When I hear people say “oh, you (insert thing I had to work really hard for here), that’s great, I’m way too lazy for that!” I want to scream. The fact is, you’re not too lazy.
It’s not a superpower, it’s a choice.
And if you wanted to do it could, you could. But you’re choosing not to. And there is nothing wrong with that. Just know, that if you decided you did want to learn a new language, write a book, or adopt a dog that needs to be spoon fed, you could do it (btw, those are all things I’ve never done, and would consider myself “too lazy” to do.)
I don’t want to be a person that thinks I’m too lazy to do something, I have way more faith in myself than that. It’s a terrible habit to think myself as unequipped to do something that I absolutely could do if I wanted to. So, I’m committing to changing this “too lazy” mindset.
I’m wiping those words from my vocabulary and taking the first, very small, step to getting my motivation back. I am not too lazy. Sometimes I choose to go to the gym, cook a healthy dinner, and fold laundry after work. Other days, I sit on the couch, drink wine, and watch The Real Housewives. Neither of those are inherently right or wrong, but they are both choices. And I know that the more often I choose the productive option, the easier it will be.
What are you “too lazy” for?
How do you stay motivated when you don’t feel like doing anything and would rather snuggle with your dog?