Are You Working Hard?
Last week’s blog post was quite confronting to many people.
In the article Do You Sabotage Your Own Success, we shared a basic fact about human nature: that people, at their core, are lazy, greedy, and impatient.
We got, as we expected, a lot of heat from readers that disagreed with our observation.
But we also heard from many who were willing to look at themselves honestly, admitting that they can see those tendencies in them, but don't know how to overcome them.
In this article we want to start handling these challenges, with confronting the “lazy part”...
But first, let's make sure we're talking about the same thing.
Here is what we mean by....
When you’ve got a task to do, any task, in any area, whatever its size or duration, would you prefer to do it the hard way or the easy way?
- Would you rather clean your house the hard way, or the easy way?
- Would you rather grow your business the hard way, or the easy way?
- Would you rather raise your children the hard way, or the easy way?
- Would you rather lose weight the hard way, or the easy way?
- Would you rather earn money the hard way, or the easy way?
If you’re honest with yourself, you probably answered “the easy way” to all these questions.
But even if you answered “the easy way” to only one of these questions, you already get it...
Anytime You Choose the Easy Way, You Choose Laziness...
There's nothing wrong with choosing the easy way sometimes.
We all could use a break every now and then.
But the price for laziness is that you will NEVER experience real success, enjoy true happiness, and fulfill your greatest potential.
In order to help you step out of your comfort zone and mediocrity... we want to share some truths that you may not be fully aware of, and offer simple, actionable ways to move out of laziness... when and IF you choose to...
We often hear it from people...
”I Am Not Lazy!”
“I’m working so hard/so long/on so many things...”
Are You Working Hard? Really?
- It’s hard work to think for yourself, instead of falling into crowd thinking (or meme mentality)
Ask anyone what they think of COVID-19, Black Lives Matter, Donald Trump, Climate Change or Transgenders - and you’ll get cookie-cutter answers taken from social media - 99.5% of the time.
Very few people research all the “evidence”, listen to all sides of the debate, look for their own bias and prejudices, and then take the time to form an independent opinion.
It’s much easier to follow a politician, an author, a comedian, a YouTuber, or a Facebook influencer that you respect - and adopt their opinions as yours.
- It’s hard work to make difficult emotional decisions
Making a decision to fire an employee, end an unwanted pregnancy, divorce the father or mother of your children, or even confronting someone for doing you wrong - is scary, painful, sad or all of these emotions.
So most people would rather take the easy way out - postponing, debating, complaining, or asking for everyone else’s opinion.
- It’s hard work to stop doing what worked in the past, and go for something totally new
Admitting when something that worked in the past doesn’t work anymore, is already a major challenge for most people.
But being willing to develop a new business model, invest in a new relationship, commit to a new diet... is hard work that is not for the faint of heart.
- It’s hard work to take risks and trust your intuition, when you don’t have all the data
It’s easy to keep the status quo and not risk taking action that is out of your comfort zone. It’s also easy to keep waiting until you have all the answers to make an informed decision.
But almost every single big decision in life or in business requires you to take it without having all the information...
If it’s buying a house in a new city/country, investing in a project, a company or the stock exchange, choosing a treatment to a life-threatening illness, developing a remarkable product, or vaccinating your kids.
Hard Work Has Nothing to Do With Long Hours
Richard Branson, Oprah Winfrey, Elon Musk, Beyoncé and any other successful person you know (or heard of) probably has the same number of hours per day as you.
They’re successful because they’re doing the hard work.
So Here’s Your Chance...
... to practice working hard for a few minutes...
We invite you to answer 3 questions... honestly!
And... yes, we know...
It’s difficult to think it through and then type your answers into the comment box.
It’s easier to wait for us and other readers to provide you with insights and ideas.
But this time... don’t limit your potential.
Can't wait to learn from your answers.
And until then...