There’s a lot of this “work hard” mantra in society. You gotta think hard, try hard, do hard. Everything about life is hard.Either shut up or buck up. Don’t like it? Too bad.Put in the effort. Do the work. Grind your ass off.
It’s as if “effort” is the main resource that keeps society fully functioning. It’s as if exerting yourself to the point of exhaustion is the only way to “prove thyself”. It’s as if there’s no other way to be a worthy human being than to be the best
Look, life is not that hard. There is an easy way out... and it’s actually rather preferable to “working hard” towards success. Any effort you have to do to be successful, contrary to popular belief, is quite minimal. You don’t have to be the “best” at anything. You just have to be “good enough”.
See, it’s not a matter of working hard. It’s a matter of working smart. It’s not a matter of trying to earn success but about earning satisfaction. It’s not a matter of exercising your brain power, it’s about using your brain effectively.
We often are working against ourselves, thinking against ourselves to make life, well...a hell of a lot harder. Whether it’s the outside influences of “work hard” propaganda or just our own inner self doubts and beliefs, we constantly add difficulty to our lives by just thinking in certain patterns.
But that can all change. You can leave behind your “work hard” mindset and negative beliefs and adapt the LAZY Mindset with positive, relaxing beliefs. You can begin to truly embrace your laziness,
Today, we’re going to dive into how to think like a procrastin8r, and by that I mean how to literally THINK as a procrastin8r. We’re gonna aim to start using your brain so it does the thinking and hard work for you.
Press the right buttons and it’ll run on autopilot, while you sit back and relax. There’s no need to go “full manual” mode and consciously “go through the motions”. Instead, you go with the flow, just sort of...allowing it to happen with no attentive effort on your part. Success comes passively if you let it. Let’s get into it.
See, a program tells a machine (or computer) sort of what its reality is by defining certain “objects”. Likewise, your brain defines “objects” in the world based on your prior experience. If you get bit by a dog, you might think that all dogs are aggressive like that. Even though that’s far from true, and most dogs are cute cuddly animals. Your reality, and what “things” are is set by your own perspective. While our brains run on the code, the perspective it’s given, you are not just the machine (perspective viewer) itself, but also the programmer. You are the creator of the machine and can tell it “how to run”, so to speak. You choose your perspective; it doesn’t choose you. Unlike an actual machine, you have self reliance and free will. You freely choose the “input” which produces the “output”.
The output is automatic. It comes as a result of the input. A machine told to build refrigerators will do just that. It can’t build cars if that’s not what it’s programmed to do. Likewise, a brain told to build success will follow suit and well, build success.
The information, or lines of code, tell a machine what to do in a sort of “if this, then that” set of instructions. If the user presses Ctrl+S on the keyboard, then save the document, for example.
Like a machine, your brain will run based on what you program it to do, based on the certain set of instructions, or beliefs, you give it, based on the “if/then” (input) scenarios you feed it.
If I talk to someone, then they are going to think I’m awkward.
If I try to play an instrument, then I’ll suck.
If I ask someone out, then I’ll get rejected.
If I try to start my own business, then I’ll go bankrupt.
This sort of “negative programming”, bad input, will lead to negative results.On the flip side, positive input will lead to positive results. It’s important that you write “good code” for your brain machine.
If I talk to someone, then we’ll make friends.
If I play an instrument, then I’ll become talented.
If I ask someone out, then they’ll probably be flattered.
If I try to start my own business, then I’ll finally escape the 9 to 5 grind.
You determine the if/then scenario of your mind’s code. You choose what “then” will look like after an “if” occurs. Your brain will function to produce results. The “means” don’t really matter. The means are just fluff. Once you decide what the end looks like, your brain will make it happen.
You don’t have to figure out how you’ll get there. The details pretty much take care of themselves. Use this to your advantage.
Multi-tasking, juggling a million things, trying to do it all at once. Our brains are not designed to be such a Jack of Trades. They’re designed to key line focus on a minimal amount of things.
The more you put on your to-do list, the more exhausted and unsatisfied you feel. The more you get done, the more you feel like you haven’t got done anything.
Why? Well, you’re putting your brain into overdrive! You’re overheating the machine, trying to boot up every program all at once. You’ve got to take it down one task at a time. Slow n’ steady.
Your brain is really good at targeting one issue at a time and not so much taking head on every single issue you have simultaneously. Less truly is more.
If you try to do just a little bit as opposed to a mad plethora of things, you’ll feel much more productive as well as stress-free. Life becomes easy breezy when you minimize the amount of things you do. Be lazy and don’t do a whole lot. Do very little with much more focus.
Choose what’s worth giving a fuck about, that is to say, what’s worth focusing on. When you give a fuck, you give it focus. You have to not give a fuck about most things. Give very little fucks and only give fucks to those things that actually matter.
And when i say “things that actually matter” I mean to YOU. Not your girlfriend or boyfriend, not your parents, not your church, not your neighbor down the street. YOU. Focus on what you want. Give a fuck about what you want.
Don’t program your brain based on the input others tell you. Create your own input.
The great wise Yoda once said “Do or do not. There is no try.”
The way to meet your goal is simple: You just...decide. You don’t have to try hard or work hard towards it. You decide it’s gonna happen and guess what? It’ll happen!
You don’t have to pour over how it’s gonna work or when it’s gonna work.
Keep your goal in mind, of course, but stop worrying about the details. Again, the details take care of themselves. Stop trying. It ain’t worth the effort. Be a procrastinator.
If you don’t reach a goal, it’s not because you “can’t”, it’s because you believe you can’t...and thus, can’t.
Your brain will guide you to bring to life the reality (or goal) that you envision. You can accomplish things without effort. Push the right buttons in the machine.There is no try.
Whatever happens, happens. Don’t attach yourself to any sort of “game plan”.
Plans should be flexible, not some sort of solid expectation. Things never go “according to the plan”, but don’t panic!
If there’s one guarantee in life it’s that there are no guarantees. Everything can change. Everything is unpredictable. You expect things to go a certain way and it doesn’t.
But the Dude abides. Adapt and conquer.
Make a goal and stick to it. Abide by it. That’s all. Write your own “ If this, then that” formula. If you want to be a success, then you will be.
Your brain cannot control the outside world. It wants to, but it can’t. You can only control what goes on inside.
But once you have your program written, What To Give a Fuck About 2.0, you’ll naturally move towards that goal, without even thinking or trying, despite whatever obstacles come your way.
You make your goal part of who you are, not something you’re attempting to “make” happen.
That leads us to the next point..
Your brain is a reality interpretation machine and your entire reality is based on your own self image.You create this image and your brain uses that (as well as previous experience as we’ll cover in a bit) to interpret reality. You write the code, the brain just runs it, even if there are errors or bugs.
If you think you’re a creep and have no friends because you’re ugly, you’ll project a low self-doubting guy (or gal).
The reason you have no friends is not because you’re ugly, it’s because you have a negative self image.
You basically create a self-fulfilling prophecy. By thinking no one likes you, then having the experience of rejection, you confirm your bad self image and interpret it to be true, getting stuck in a loop.
Break out of that loop, man. If you create your own prophecy, write one worth living. Debug your code and remove negative thoughts you have about yourself (or really anyone for that matter).
The inner becomes the outer
Whatever you think about yourself is bound to be true. Your thoughts manifest themselves into your reality. What you believe to be true, will in fact be true.
You are the operator of the machine called your brain. You set the direction and then lean back and let your brain take you there. The work literally takes care of itself.
An ugly person who thinks he’s good looking, while may not be able to change their physical appearance, will come across as more charismatic than an ugly person who does in fact think he’s ugly. Because they believe they are alluring, they will certainly act that way and easily attract others, looks aside.
Your experience in the outside world is only a reflection of the experience within yourself. Vibe a good experience inside and the outer will reflect that back to you.
A human being reacts to the environment based on what s/he believes to be true. Maybe from your “real life” experience you’ve faced rejection, so you believe you will continue to do so when you approach somebody.
But I want you to imagine your success. Imagine your triumphs. Create scenarios in your head where you’re winning. Write stories in which you already won. Victory is not something you strive for, it’s something you either believe you have or don’t.
Your brain literally can’t tell the difference between what’s real and what isn’t. What you lack in experience can be made up with imagination.
Failing does not make you “a failure”
Mistakes are meh. You’re gonna fail, and you’re gonna fail hard. But that's okay. Just because you fuck up, doesn’t make you a fuck up.
Your brain can adapt to errors, learn from them. It knows what certain parameters lead to a mistake and will avoid them next time. So embrace the failure and let your brain adjust to the new lesson.
There’s no need to get emotionally attached to a mistake. It’s part of the process. It’s part of the machine running, part of the brain doing it’s thing.
Like a machine, we perform “trial and error” until we get it right
That’s all mistakes are. Trial and error. Our brain machines are not always accurate, but they are designed to become accurate.
You may not hit the mark right away, but that doesn’t mean you’re a faulty product. If you fuck up, you’re actually working quite well. It means your brain is doing its job in trying to attain the end result you programmed it to attain.
We have a sort of built-in “fine-tuning” mechanism that’s triggered whenever the direction we’re taking leads to some form of failure. We see something wrong happen, so we adjust and adapt until we get it completely right.. We fine-tune our way to success, overcoming previous barriers that stopped us along the way.
Believe in Responsibility over Fate
In order to take advantage of the fine-tuning mechanism, you have to take responsibility for your own actions and see it as a thing you did, not part of your identity, not as some sort of fate destined to happen. It happened, but it wasn’t fate. You are the creator, remember?
Nothing is fated except that in which you create.
When you fuck up, never think to yourself:
“I’m such a failure”
That leads to no improvement. Your fine-tuning mechanism is shut off. Your brain is activating its “definition function”, interpreting the reality by something you believe to be true. You are fated to be a failure because you yourself said so.
You believe you’re a failure on the inside and thus create failure (on the outside). The key is not to see the failure as part of who you are, as part of a permanent definition, but just a thing that happens.
Rather say: “I failed at this”
Notice the difference. You are now speaking in terms of an action you performed, rather than your identity at its core.
Now you must ask yourself WHY did you fail?
What did you do that caused this? It certainly didn’t just land on your lap.
Take responsibility. Own that shit. Then adapt, adjust, and make it better tomorrow. You can’t fine-tune if you don’t understand what it is you need to fine-tune in the first place.
A mistake is nothing but a trial with error. Take responsibility for that error and let your brain make the necessary adjustments to get closer to a successful trial next time.
Like any machine, you gotta unplug once in a while. Fully embrace your Leisure (the “L” in LAZY). Give yourself time to ease up on moving towards that goal. Let your brain completely shut down.
You can’t be running the machine 24/7 (or even 40 hours a week for that matter). You need plenty of rest, plenty of reboot time, to rejuvenate and be able to run at full performance.
Thomas Edison, the famous inventor, whenever he faced an issue he couldn’t solve, he’d take a nap. Kobe Bryant, the basketball player, would take time to relax and meditate each and every day. Successful people understand the importance of balancing running the big brain machine and turning it off to cool.
While our brains are designed to keep focus, they do have a limited amount of power. You wouldn’t let your phone run out of battery, so don’t let your brain run out of energy either.
Your brain will do the work for you. You imagine the success and it will make it happen for you. But you’ve gotta let it recharge, otherwise it’s just like trying to turn on your phone with a “dead battery.”
In rebooting, take time to forgive fuck ups. Your own included.
It’s sometimes harder to forgive yourself for the wrong you did to others., than to forgive
another who wronged you.
Nonetheless, it’s important you don’t live in constant regret of how you fucked up and how bad it was of a fuck up. You need to learn to let it go and go with the flow. Holding onto regret of mistakes consumes a lot of brain power.
You have to get rid of it through forgiveness of yourself.It’s like deleting that app you no longer use and is just draining your battery.
Conserve your battery for moving forward and delete anything “draining”. This includes toxic people as well, and not just your own toxic thoughts.
Does keeping toxic people in your life reflect the reality you see for yourself inside your head?
You’ve got to do some “maintenance and clean up” sometimes. Clean out the gunk so the machine can keep running smoothly.
Meditate to clear your mind. And ex communicate to clear your environment.
The brain is an awesome powerful machine that helps automate your way to success.
You don’t have to pedal it, or run it like a treadmill. Just press a few buttons. That’s it. Set it on autopilot.
Your brain will keep fine tuning itself until it hits the mark that you set for it. Let it rest once in a while, too will ya?
Cause just like you, your brain can be quite the procrastinator and want to do things later.
Know that your brain, like you, likes to use the word “eventually.” Eventually it’ll create the life you want. Don’t try for it. Don’t push for it.
Just let it happen.
Take it easy,
(By the way, if you're interested, I recommend reading "Psychocybernetics" by Maxwell Malts. It pretty much provided the back bone for this article.)