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Can we be lazy and disciplined at the same time?

Is it possible to feel lazy and still get things done?

Hello fellow Protagonists,

"I am the most lazy, disciplined person" - Joe Rogan

Hold on, I thought that lazy and disciplined are on opposite ends of a spectrum. How can somebody be both lazy and disciplined at the same time?

For anyone who is aware of Joe Rogan, he is in great physical shape. He added that if he only waited for times when he was motivated for a workout, then he would be fat and unhealthy.

It is refreshing to hear people like Joe talk openly about motivation.

This shines a light on the normality that we do not have to wait to become motivated in order to start something. It also breaks down assumptions, showing us that more active, fitter people face the exact same mental battles as the rest of us.

It is not a simple case of who is lazy and who is not. We all get lazy at times but discipline will decide if we act positively.

Laziness is our mind persuading us away from a perceived uncomfortable situation. As we know, a good workout can be really uncomfortable at the time. We sweat, muscles burn, hearts are pounding and we become exhausted. We can feel light headed and like we are gasping for oxygen.

It takes a special kind of masochistic tendency to look forward to inflicting this on ourselves. Just watch someone walk down a set of stairs to leave the gym after "leg day" and we can be left asking why would someone decide to do this to themselves.

So we agree that laziness is normal and two people can both be feeling lazy on a particular day. However, one of these people will still go to the gym and the other will slip into their jam-jams and watch Space Jam whilst eating Jammie Dodgers.

One person is just lazy, the other person is lazy but disciplined. So they can co-exist!

Those with discipline realise that 90% of any battle is not being motivated but still showing up and putting in the time. Disciplined people realise that working past lazy thoughts and doing what needs to be done builds momentum.

Momentum is the key to improvement.

The more momentum we build the easier it is to act positively the next time we feel lazy. We will feel lazy again as we have established it never really goes away.

Momentum is hard to break in both a positive and negative sense. The more time we spend avoiding something, the harder is can become to get back on track.

In the case of working out, the more we work out the fitter we become so future gym sessions should become slightly less uncomfortable for us as well, meaning less for the lazy section of our minds to use as ammunition.

This can also be applied and extended to both amateurs and professionals in all fields. I have heard interviews with world famous authors who spoke of times when dreading the thought of putting pen to paper and losing interest.

Take solace in the knowledge that even the best in their fields can feel lazy.

For the majority of us, we can see the positive impact of discipline reducing laziness in other ways.

If we are learning to play an instrument, we will be more likely to continue if we have been disciplined and when we are starting to create sounds that are more pleasant to hear.

The more we cook from scratch, the wider variety of meals we know how to make and the tastier they will become so we are happier to cook more.

We can indeed be lazy and disciplined at the same time. We are all, in fact, a little lazy.

Laziness and discipline are not on the same spectrum as first thought. Laziness is more of a feeling and discipline is more of an action. As we all know it is the action we take that is important.

Maybe being called lazy isn't a terrible thing after all. As long as we also consider ourselves as disciplined then being lazy is OK.



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