Your mama says you’re lazy.

Your friends say you’re lazy.

You feel lazy. You act lazy.

You feel down because you fell into the trap. You agreed with them, and you start to believe it yourself.

I’m lazy. It’s true.

The poison takes hold.

And so you act how you think, and you think how you act, and your actions slow to a halt.

Now you’re a podgy mound on a sofa eating chips.

And you want to cry.

And you do.

A short while later, the door rings. It’s your friend Stacy bringing gifts.

Some chocolate and a book.

You wipe your eyes, scoff the chocs, and open the book when she’s gone.

That night in bed the pages turn faster and faster.

Your mind feels like it’s realigning. All the ledges slip into ridges with a satisfying spludge.

It finally makes sense.

You were lazy before, not because you were lazy.

You didn’t know what you were doing. And because you didn’t have the knowledge to turn action into results, you chose distraction.

Motivated Malcolm down the road isn’t lazy, but now you get why.

He knows what he’s doing. He takes what he learns and turns awareness into results.

He had control when you hadn’t.

His understanding of his process leads to wins, which in turn fire him up to take more action and reap yet more successes.

You weren’t motivated, not because of who you are.

Not because you ‘weren’t cut out for it.’

You just didn’t understand your craft.

So you commit to a craft, but not only that — to mastery.

It’s your only path.

Master your craft.

Read the books. Follow the mentors.

Put in the numbers.

Do it over and over again.

Learn from those mistakes.

See the wins.

Feel the joy of the wins.

And laziness will be a smudge on your shirt.


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  1. Hey Alex — Your timing is perfect. I’ve been trying to avoid TV over the last few years, but this past Christmas we got Netflix for the grandkids… or so I thought.

    It’s become a problem. Shows like Longmire, A Million Little Things, Good Girls, and Parenthood are just so darn good, my wife and I have turned to binge watching. I thought I knew what binge watching was, now we really know. My wife watched 10 episodes of Parenthood in one day. It’s ruining our productivity, well, mine anyway.

    I’m retiring this July from a full-time job, but I still do some freelance writing at night. Unfortunately, TV time has interfered with my production and the earning of our fun money.

    Lazy is a choice, but sometimes it’s disguised as entertaining TV with no ads during or between shows. That can be hard to resist. Best to never start. I bought Roku for our older big screen 2 and 1/2 years ago. I avoided hooking it up until this Christmas when I discovered Longmire. Darn it, Walt and Vick, you’ve become an addiction.

    Take care,

    • Thanks John, sounds like you know what you need to do!


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