I’m guessing you already noticed the euphemism I used to describe a lazy person, which is “a loafer“. I could decide to use other words like a sluggard, or idler. However, this is not our area of focus here.
What we’re concerned here about is what really goes on in the mind of a seemingly lazy person. I’m guessing their brains are not “lazying” around just as much as they did. I do believe a lot still goes on in their minds even if they choose not to do so much with themselves.
A loafer is a lazy person, good, you know that already. But do you know what made them like that? Do you know why they choose to become as they are now? Probably, you reading this might even be a loafer and isn’t ashamed of admitting it. You see that’s the major problem with lazy people. They excuse their slothful behaviour and don’t mind what everyone else is telling them. They just think it’s okay to be lazy.
I don’t really blame them you know. It’s just something that has been formed in their minds for over a long time now. So, when I see them act in certain ways, I really don’t criticize or judge them. I just try to understand why they choose to act that way.
Don’t get me wrong, even I speaking is as lazy as I speak of it. I am not excluded from the very thing that is spoken of. In this respect, I’ll be using myself as a “case study” on how the mind of a lazy person works.
I choose to do this because I know I can be damn lazy if I want to and I would always have a thousand and one excuses to cover up for my lazy acts. People around me may not see it as laziness, but I know it’s pure laziness. And you know, this laziness has a way of making itself look soft and harmful when it’s the very opposite.
There is something they always say when you want to do something, they often said that you have to be first willing, then everything else follows suit. Well, for the records, I do very much beloved in willingness, of course, yes, you’ve got to be willing if you want to get anything done in your life.
But then, what happens when that will seems to be absent, but you still very much want to get that thing done? This is where laziness sets in. A lazy person is never willing.
There are times in my life when I feel that I need to do a particular thing. But then, I just end up putting it off or not doing it, at all. Why, because I feel I still have time.
This is one default thinking of a lazy person. I choose not to get stuff done immediately because I feel there’s still time to spare. So in my mind, I think, “Why rush things? just relax and take it easy, there’s always time for it”. And I believe this. Because I believe this, I choose to lie around idly and just do nothing, claiming that I’m just having a rest, as if I worked in the first place.
Most of the time, I can’t seem to explain this act of mine. It doesn’t even make sense to me, in a way. Laziness makes me feel I’m in charge and control of the situation, when for a fact, I’m totally out of control, or even out of my mind.
Why Do You Think a Loafer is that Way?
Well, being that I am one myself, I could say a thing or two about why I am lazy, sometimes. I mean, you don’t expect me to be all lazy every day of my life. There are times when I would step up my game and push through. In those times, I wouldn’t even remember that I was once lazy, as it seem. But then, it tends to last for only a while, because I choose to stop and take a break.
In that means of “taking a break“, that’s where laziness starts to seep in, little by little. Mind you, while all this is going on, I happen to be aware of it. Oh yes, I’m so aware of it. But I choose to ignore this awareness because I feel I need to take a break.
The biggest error in my state of laziness is thinking I need a break. No doubt, I know we all need to take breaks in between our long hours of work. But then, even in my small hours of work, I still think I need a break, just imagine!
So, by the time I begin to take this break, I fall back to an old habit of being lazy. That’s the more reason I don’t like taking unnecessary breaks, per se. Most people wouldn’t understand this. But for me, when I fall back to being lazy, I find it more difficult to get out and work again, because I’ve already stayed there for too long.
I choose to be lazy, sometimes in order to relieve myself of the excessive exhaustion that I experience previously. Let’s say, sometimes I choose to overwork myself on purpose so that I could have time to not work and stay idle. That’s really slothful of me, I know, you don’t have to remind me.
Another thing is that I feel I could easily kick start my hard work button and just snap out of my lazy state. But you see, this is not true and I’ve come to realize so. Nothing can be more difficult for me than kick-starting the button that controls my hard work spirit. I find it so, so difficult. But for some reason, I still find this self-deceit crawling inside of me and telling me that I can always easily switch and that it’s not as difficult as I assume it to be.
Yeah, you think! This sort of conflict constantly exists inside my mind, and it does drive me crazy most of the time. Switching between being lazy to being hard working is hard work in itself, and I do hate going through these series, constantly in my life.
How I Managed to Shift My Thinking From Being a Lazy-ass to become Hardworking
Now, despite all these conflicts that do occur in my mind. I still somehow find a way to manage the whole situation and get my gear running on the hard-working lane. Though not entirely, I still try my best to.
In those times when I’ve threaded those paths of laziness, and then it becomes worse, I began to get unhappy with not just myself but with everything else that I failed to do.
So what I do is remind myself of the main reason I wanted to do that thing in the first place. I’ll say to myself, “look girl, except you wanna remain in a spot for the rest of your life, you had better get up and get things going in your life. You can’t have the life you dreamt of if you keep being lazy like this“.
And many times, this little pep talk I give myself does work like magic. Most times, I’ll see myself jumping up on my feet and getting to work.
I really do have to repeat this over and over again because I’m really stubborn even for my own good. Let it not surprise you, we all have moments in our lives when we tend to be stubborn even for things that will do us good, so I’m no exception.
Another thing I do is pray, yes, you heard me right, I pray! I do know that these things just don’t happen for no reason, and for things to have occurred in the physical, it really does mean that it has occurred in the supernatural realm.
I ask God to help me overcome this incessant lazy act of mine because if I don’t learn how to control and overcome it while it’s still in its infant stage, then when it eventually “grows up“, it will be more difficult to contain it.
Also, I take out time to look through what I’ve done in the past that made me be proud of myself.
What works for me might not work for you. But then, if you can, at least try it out to know if it’ll work for you. However, I really do think that finding out what works for you is the best way to overcome laziness.
Be sure of what you want and how you intend to work your way through to get it, without allowing any form of hindrance to stop you from getting to it.