People I talk to – my clients and others – tell me they “could” pursue their passion, that they have time. “But then I just watch TV, or waste hours on my phone, or doing nothing. I’m just too lazy,” they say.
When I investigate further, I always get to the bottom of this. Spoiler alert: I haven’t come across a “lazy” person in my life!
Your mission is to learn why you’re not lazy, and what to do to find the energy and motivation to pursue your passion.
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Task 1: Too lazy for your passion?
I have talked about this subject before, so I’ll keep it brief: You’re not lazy. Don’t believe it? Answer the following questions for yourself:
- How regularly do you get rest, as in, downtime (nothing to do, so you can nap, put up your feet, do or don’t do whatever you like)?
- Then: how regularly do you practise self care?
- How much time, on average, do you have per day, that’s not filled with work, appointments, regulated activities (scheduled workouts, clubs, etc.) or chores?
If you have only a few hours per day that aren’t regulated, don’t expect to be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and all ready to pursue what lights you up! Humans aren’t designed to fill every minute of every day.
Task 2: Create the energy to pursue your passion
You may think you’d have time if you just stopped watching TV, but that’s not the point. The problem is that you overtax your brain with so much overstimulation, you’re literally not capable of anything other than watching TV in the evening.
So what do you do to find the energy for your passion and be happy?
The answer is, you need to radically downsize. Nothing changes if you don’t change anything! Stop comparing yourself and trying to keep up with the Joneses. You’re you. And if you’re a person with a passion, you’ll need lots of free time – for rest, for self care, for your loved ones, and to pursue your passion.