Isn’t it awesome to be lazy?
Ignoring work while you watch a bunch of YouTube videos. Playing Minecraft an hour later than normal. Letting the next episode of Daredevil auto-load on Netflix (binging, FTW, right?).
But have you ever let that laziness go a bit too far? Like where you shirk your responsibilities all together?
Don’t lie now.
We’ve all done it. In fact, I’m not going to lie to you anymore: I often let laziness get the better of me more than is acceptable for a business owner.
In fact, my latest bout of laziness happened just last week…
If you’re a big fan of this blog, you probably noticed by now that I write and publish a post every two weeks on average.
And if you’re a really big fan of this blog, you must’ve noticed I didn’t send you a new blog post this past week.
Frankly, it’s because I was lazy.
HERE’S WHY I DIDN’T GIVE YOU A BLOG POST
I had just come back from a four-day long weekend trip with my husband to a little area known as Heber-Overgaard in the Arizona wilderness. We needed the time together to reconnect, because our schedules are opposite and this was draining on our marriage (I work 8-4, and he works 2nd shift until midnight… and the only day we both have off is Saturday).
The trip was just what the Doctor Who ordered. My hubby and I were surrounded by this beauty all four days:
We hiked. We fished. We talked about our future. We read books and magazines for hours in each other’s arms in front of our cabin’s fireplace.
I read through four entire Wired issues that I’d been saving since 2013. Yes, for real.
But of course, vacations have to end. And Monday night I found myself back in front of my computer, staring at a blank screen and completely not caring if I wrote a new blog post.
To be fair, everyone needs a vacation every once in a while, right?
But it’s how you start functioning (or not) after a vacation that truly matters.
And I just decided not to function.
HERE’S WHAT I DID ABOUT MY LAZINESS
When I got home last week, part of me wished I was still on vacation. And sure, part of me was even scared to put out another post for the world to read (or, more likely, ignore).
But honestly? I was just being lazy.
And that’s a completely unprofessional way for me to treat you.
(Yeah, I know. I’m a horrible person. Let the Shakespearean-style insults fly.)
So I decided to woman up and write you a blog post to help make your business awesomer, no matter how much the post may suck and no matter how hard it is for me to put this in writing.
I’ve found over the years that when I’m lazy, I basically have to force myself into doing what I don’t want to do. But I’m able to get back on track even faster when I remember these three principles:
“Don’t be a dick.”
Have you ever heard of Wheaton’s Law?
If you haven’t, it’s a lovely piece of internet wisdom set forth by Mr. Wil Wheaton, known for his role as Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Wheaton’s Law is a simple axiom I quoted above.
How does that relate to being lazy in online business?
Well, when I didn’t write this blog post, I was being a dick to you. I wasn’t thinking about you or what you need to kick ass at your online business.
And the entire point of a business isn’t to focus on yourself; it’s to throw everything you’ve got into helping the Luke Skywalkers under your tutelage.
Breaking Wheaton’s Law isn’t exactly the way to accomplish that. Just FYI.
“If you do not find a way, no one will.”
Galadriel’s advice to Frodo holds true across many aspects of life, not just when you’re struggling to figure out how to get a ring into a life-threatening territory and chuck the item into a blazing lava pit.
Granted, much of online business isn’t nearly so dangerous as that task.
But when you’re lazy in your business, it literally means everything comes to a halt. There’s no progress. There’s no income growth. There’s no new ideas.
And there’s no one to blame but yourself.
You must do the work in your business, because no one else is going to do it for you. I was acutely reminded of this while cracking up at this spoof video of the now-iconic Shia LaBeouf “motivational” speech:
(Sorry, Nike. LaBeouf’s version is better than yours.)
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”
Ah, Dumbledore, how we love thee.
While this slice of wisdom from the great Harry Potter wizard has more to do with not letting life pass you by while you focus on unrealistic expectations, it still applies to being lazy, too.
When you’re being lazy, you’re not actually living out your business.
You’re not going through the painstaking hardships, the awesome days, the shitty days, the heart-attack moments, the exuberant celebrations, the “holy crap, I literally just made this much money this month” realizations.
Sure, there’re lots of reasons you started your online business beyond seeking to help others with a problem. You wanted to live life as you saw fit, not as others told you to live.
And that’s great. Huzzah and may you live long and prosper and all that.
But if you never put in the work and just sit around being a lazy-ass, you’ll never learn to live within your business. And at that point you may as well bid farewell to that dream life you idiotically assume you deserve.
HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT BEING LAZY
I’m telling you about these three principles in the hopes that if you run across the same laziness I did, you’ll know exactly where to turn.
Contemplating skipping work on your online business for another few days?
Stop being a dick to your patiently-waiting audience.
Procrastinating working on a new ebook or course?
Have fun waiting for someone else to do the work for you.
Dwelling on that lifestyle where you can afford as many expensive Lego sets as you want?
Good luck ever getting to that point.
The only way to get around any bout of laziness is figure out what stops you from being lazy.
And if that’s not one of these principles, please, find motivations which work for you and make you eager to get back to work on your business.
The important thing is that you just fucking do something.
So what does work for you? What saves you from a laziness-induced mindset?