Hazel Gale

Aug 11, 2018

14 min read

Life-Lust and the Defeat of Laziness

A six-step process for generating true drive

Image credit: Samuel Zeller

Let’s stop beating ourselves with the “lazy” stick

“Should-ing” all over ourselves

  1. We’re scared of the task — or we’re scared of failing when we try — meaning that we procrastinate or find ourselves paralysed by anxious indecision.
  2. We’re too busy doing something else that we value more highly.

What are values?

How do we know what we value?

  • Wake up
  • Start doing unnecessary chores
  • Eat a big lunch that postpones exercise further
  • Decide to watch a programme on Netflix
  • Decide to watch “just one more” over and over again while berating ourselves for being so goddam lazy…
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Shining a light on your unconscious values system: a six-step process for generating motivation

STEP 1: CHOOSE YOUR FOCUS

STEP 2: WHAT ARE YOUR VALUES IN THAT CONTEXT?

STEP 3: HIERARCHY OF IMPORTANCE

STEP 4: THE VALUE OF YOUR VALUES

Towards or away?

What this means

STEP 5: FACE THE FEAR

Belief ≠ truth.

Limiting beliefs are just stories that we tell to make ourselves feel small.

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Turning it towards

  • Enjoying playing with colour palettes and design options (fulfilling the needs for creativity and fun)
  • Relishing the opportunity to express our sense of purpose so that we can connect with others (fulfilling our needs for authenticity and human interaction)
  • Loving the challenge of learning something new (fulfilling the need for growth).
  • Tracking our progress at the lifting rack (growth)
  • Chatting with the friends we make there (connection)
  • Feeling the improvements in our body as we get stronger and leaner (progress, physical health)

STEP 6: PAINTING A TOWARDS PICTURE

Using this