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Lazy Daze.

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December 17, 2003.

“The laziest man I ever met put popcorn in his pancakes so they would turn over by themselves.”
W.C. Fields

We’ve all run across lazy people who, by and large, have little if any drive or ambition to accomplish anything worthwhile in their lives. As a matter of fact, these listless individuals generally have no urge to do much of anything at all. And if you have ever had to depend on a lazy person, especially when the chips are down, you know firsthand how frustrating working with a lazy person can be. REALLY FRUSTRATING!

These lethargic sorts always seem too pooped to pop and rarely if ever give anything their very best shot. In fact, they hardly ever give anything any kind of shot. They seem perfectly content to sit idly by on the sidelines and let everyone else do the heavy lifting.

Going nowhere particularly fast, they constantly look for the lazy way out of everything they do. Whatever the reason, these people ALWAYS seem to be poking around in some sort of ’lazy daze.’

“Laziness grows on people; it begins in cobwebs and ends in iron chains. The more one has to do, the more he is able to accomplish.”
Thomas Buxton

While it’s true that one person’s definition of lazy may vary a great deal with someone else’s version, there can be little doubt that laziness is one of the greatest thieves known to mankind. It can steal our thunder and steal our dreams. And to add insult to injury, laziness can creep right into our own lives without us ever realizing it.

It can start innocently enough. You begin the cycle by electing to put off something until you can get around to it later. You then start putting all sorts of things on the back burner, vowing to do them a little bit later. Before you know it, all sorts of things that needed to get done have piled up and guess what, they never get done.

Far too often, before we know we have the laziness habit, the habit has us. And sometimes these chains are too strong for some people to break.

Rather than looking for ways to make something happen, they look for the easy way out. Instead of choosing between doing it sooner or later, they invariably choose to not do it at all. Is it all that surprising that these slow-moving souls rarely if ever realize even a fraction of their God given potential?

“There is no fatigue so wearisome as that which comes from lack of work.”
Charles Haddon Spurgeon

To the lazy person’s way of thinking, doing nothing — and accomplishing nothing — is just fine and dandy, especially if somebody else shoulders his or her load. These lazy individuals almost work overtime looking for the lazy way out of everything they do (or should we say ’don’t do’), when in reality they could spend far less time just getting the job done in the first place.

Ironically, lazy folks usually spend more time avoiding work like the plague than those who choose to simply knuckle down and get the job done. While the put it off crowd is busily scampering about ducking and dodging anything that resembles work or could take a little effort, the do it now contingent gets it done — and reaps the rewards that come from doing a job well.

“If you're coasting, you're either losing momentum or else you're headed downhill.”
Joan Welsh

OK, so how about you? Are you presently pushing your envelope of achievement, finding out how high you can fly and how far you can climb every single day, or are you instead just pushing back in your Lazy Boy?

Do you look for opportunities to jump in and make something exciting happen daily or do you simply look for a place to snooze? Do you exhibit a do it now attitude and get things done or do you find yourself consistently putting things off and off and off some more?

Each of us has twenty four hours a day at our disposal. No more and no less. From the most successful people you have ever seen to the most downtrodden amongst us and everyone else in between, how we choose to use or abuse our time will in large measure dictate how high we go or how low we sink.

“Determine never to be idle. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.”
Thomas Jefferson

Voltaire provided all of us some super advice when he stated, “Shun idleness. It is a rust that attaches itself to the most brilliant metals.” Regardless of what term you choose to use to describe laziness; be it taking it easy, hanging out or even just chillin’, we need to shun the temptation to look for the lazy way out of things and begin forging a new life built on the solid foundation of making the most of our limited time here on earth.

Hey, don’t get me wrong here. There is nothing wrong with propping your feet up now and again or just getting some well deserved ‘R&R.’ All of us, even the most prolific work-a-holics around, need some down time on occasion. But let’s not confuse rest time with doing nothing all of the time.

To paraphrase Thomas Jefferson above, there is no telling how much we can accomplish if we will just get busy doing. It’s OK to kick back when you need it, as long as you’re ready, willing and most importantly able kick it into high gear whenever it’s required.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow put the importance of avoiding idleness in proper perspective when he wrote the following:

The heights by great men reached and kept, were not obtained by sudden flight.
But they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.

As long as you’re willing to do a little more than is required, you’ll discover that you’ll soon start pulling away from the rest of the crowd and even more importantly, start receiving far more than you could ever hope to handle in return.

The Bottom Line: Don’t fall asleep at the wheel of life.

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