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Our brain is a great ally, but it can sometimes be our worst enemy.
The human brain is so lazy when it comes to acting that it can make us procrastinate in subtle and seemingly logical forms.
Imagine this. You are on your way to work. You are full of energy. You have your goals and your dreams visibly before yourself … and you know that once you reach your computer you will work like crazy.
However, when you get to your workplace you end up using your time doing everything except what you should be doing. You start by reading the emails. After a colleague invites you to have coffee. 20 minutes later, when you could actually get to work, you find yourself performing minor tasks, for a long time to start working seriously, correct? This is what happens.
When you’re in your “comfort zone” your brain knows it is not required to take immediate action. And when it does that, all the enthusiasm disappears and you end up falling in the same old routine.
The brain arranges good EXCUSES, killing the initial state of high energy. It derails you from the path of success. However, if you know the EXCUSES then you’re able to counter the excuses with ACTION! Here they are (the excuses):
Excuse # 1: Yes, I’ll do it in a minute, let me have a coffee. This kind of excuse is the most popular of all. The brain is bribing you with an immediate reward, even before you start working. When this happens you have to reverse the positions: First work, then the reward.
Excuse # 2: I have to clean up, the desk is a mess. This is especially true if you work from home. Your brain is fooling you causing you to perform an easier task. But you know that you work with priorities and that major tasks come first regardless of whether they are easy or difficult. Even if you don’t finish them, you get “momentum” for the simple fact that you started and worked on them for a while.
Excuse # 3: Let me think about it a little more (“analysis of the paralysis”). When you find yourself thinking this way, ask yourself: have I not thought enough already? Is there any new information that might help me make a right decision? If not, you may be simply oscillating between “doing” and “not-doing”. You know what you should do it, right? Throw yourself in!
Excuse # 4: If I do this, something bad can happen. Look well, many of the things we do bring bad consequences. But if there is something that you know you have to do, the possibility of having a negative part should not be an impediment for you. Being scared is part of life, either public speaking or inviting that girl out for drinks. Sometimes it is necessary to skip the logic portion of the brain.
Excuse # 5: Okay, I’m completely in the dark about whether or not I will do it. Let me ask someone. If they tell me to do it, I will. Requesting a second opinion is almost always a good idea. People with more experience than you can give you a clearer vision that helps you in the process of decision making. But you must understand this: No one can make decisions for you. No one can act in your place. No one can succeed (or fail) instead of you.
Excuse # 6: Let me do this, but at the same time I will keep an eye on other things to get better results. It is more common than rare that this “something else” is seemingly “easier” or more “nice to do”. That’s why you want to “keep an eye”. The reality is that you end up focusing 80% of your attention and energy on unimportant things while what really matters ends up a brutal mess. I will not even address the issue of “multitasking” but think about this: when you’re doing two things at the same time does it prove to be more productive or just more enjoyable (or does it require less courage to choose and prioritize since you would not have to do it)?
Excuse # 7: I do not feel like it. I left this to the end because it is the most destructive of all the excuses. This appears when all other excuses entered in your daily inner dialogue and you might not even have realized them yet. Simply put, it’s the typical excuse of those who are not interested in the fact of acting or not. Some are just plain lazy, I call them unmotivated.
The solution? Start by doing something simple, but never stop doing, even if you don’t feel like it… you have to. You will learn the power of commitment. You need to make “action” a central part of your life. Even if the action is small and does not include any reward. What I sincerely hope is that whenever you hear the voice of this excuse “I do not feel like it” in your mind, I hope, I was saying, that you take drastic action, and immediate action.
I recommend the project Empower Network | Lazy Millionaires for “personal development” and “financial independence”.
So? Do you have excuses? Leave your comment below.