We’re told to not sit around and be lazy. We’re told if we’re lazy, then we can’t achieve anything. We’re told being lazy makes you a quitter.
Well contrary to popular belief, lazy people are NOT quitters. ProcrastiN8rs are not quitters. Nope. Well unless it makes absolutely no logical sense to keep going, then yes, they aren’t afraid to call it quits, but for the most part...
Lazy people are some of the most persistent motherfuckers on this earth. They get shit done. Eventually. They don’t give up on their dreams.
As a matter of fact, a lazy person is probably more likely to achieve their goals than a hardworking person. You read that right.Lazy people are better goal achievers than hard working people.
For one, being hardworking means they’re not pacing themselves correctly and are just jolting forward haphazardly, without any plan. They take no time to strategize the next step and move forward just for the sake of moving forward, even if they don’t choose the best or most efficient path.
They continue trudging onward without rejuvenating themselves with the necessary rest they need and become fatigued or just tired of pursuing a goal. When they make moves, they use methods that require the largest amount of effort and investment
So these hardworkers burn out easily. They give up because they’re not moving towards their goals as fast as they want or expect to, and their effort to reward ratio is significantly imbalanced.
Us Lazy ProcrastiN8rs, on the other hand, always keep the amount of effort to reward ratio perfectly balanced. That’s key. We never put in more effort than necessary to get what we want. And we don’t burn out, because we move forward strategically.
One. Step. At. A. Time.
Hardworkers want the instant gratification of achieving results. ProcrastiN8rs, we don’t care about instant gratifcation, we don’t care about getting stuff now.
We put things off until “later.”
See being lazy means you are patient. You’re not in a rush to get shit done. You take your time and get it all done, when you feel like it.
And with patience, comes persistence. Patience is the ability to accept not getting things right away and Persistence is the ability to keep going, knowing that you won’t get the thing you want right away. They go hand in hand. It's like pizza needs cheese. Persistence needs Patience. That's a recipe for success!
Whereas patience is the mental fortitude to accept that you have to wait, Persistence is the slow, steady actions you take while “waiting”. And yes, sometimes it is not only acceptable but also highly encouraged to take a nap while you wait.
I mean heck, studies have shown that napping after working a few hours increases productivity.
We’re in it for the whole game, not just the first quarter.
While hardworkers will hit it and hit hard with all they got, they’ll soon fade out and lose focus.
ProcrastiN8rs don’t lose focus.
We will get there...eventually.
Now let’s dive into how to remain Persistent as a ProcrastiN8r.
Have a vision.
Vision is an important thing to have when you’re practicing persistence as a ProcrastiN8r. You must first find out what you truly want, with a bit of self reflection.
Go meditate and do absolutely nothing. Don’t even think. Clear your mind completely. Engulf yourself in the laziness and discover what you desire deep inside.
Then stay focused on it.
Yeah, it’s pretty far away. Yeah, It’s gonna take a while to get there. But that’s alright, you’ll make it to that finish line, one step at a time.
It’s better to run the race slow and still get there at a snail’s pace, than to run swift like the rabbit and never reach the finish line to begin with.
Look where you’re going, where you want to be, and know that you’ll attain it by doing “just enough” today.
Maybe you want to be a professional guitarist. So play guitar for just 15 minutes every day.
This is better than the dude who practices 6 hours one day then doesn’t pick up the guitar for weeks.
When you embrace goals, it’s far more effective to make your progress easy and consistent rather than hard and sporadic.
Persistence is more about consistent small steps as opposed to scattered large leaps. When you keep your vision in mind, you’ll understand how the step, no matter how small it is, fits into the bigger picture and be able to continue moving forward.
Embrace the Lazy Mindset. You go from thinking “I have to reach this goal as soon as possible so I should do a whole lot to make it happen quickly” to “It’ll come in due time. I just need to do this one simple thing and it’ll all come in place eventually.”
Just decide and abide. Make the decision of what you want and abide by specific habits and behaviors that lead you there.
It’s like grinding an RPG. You don’t get max level right away. It takes time to level up, but you will get there with a bit of patience and persistence.
“If you can’t fly, then run, if you can’t run then walk if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward” - Martin Luther King, Jr.
The sloth barely moves, but can climb the tree
Be the sloth...or maybe the lazy panda!
Be so persistent on getting what you want that you simply don’t give a fuck what other people think.
People will try to criticize you. People will hate on you. People will try to tear you down.
But you’re too lazy to give them the time of day or even consider it for a goddamn second. You’re too lazy to give a fuck.
People that are persistent are often described to be“Marching to the beat of their own drum”
Yeah, they don’t give a fuck. They do their own thing regardless of other people’s comments or expectations. They don’t fall in line with society’s views or give in to external pressures.
Look, you want to make money from the couch. Don’t listen to the people that tell you to “Get a real job.”
The Only Place You Should Fall is on the Couch
Don’t fall down a spiral of negative emotions and don’t get caught in a web of drama.
Remain unfazed (in NGAF mode) when shit hits the fan. Blindly following emotions is not the Lazy Way.
Don’t let bullshit make you jump up and start panicking or acting irrationally.
Lay on back down and sleep on it before making a big decision. Play some video games to blow off some steam.
Procrastinate handling your problems so you can approach them with a cool, calm, rational approach.
You’re gonna fuck up. It’s going to happen. That much is inevitable.
Success is not so much about avoiding fuck ups entirely but being able to handle fuck ups with poise and grace.
Remain cool, calm, and collected when things don’t go your way. Mistakes are meh and they’re no big deal, man
Don’t worry about what might go wrong and don’t hang on to them when they do.
“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated” - Maya Angelou
Persistence is about accepting mistakes and not working yourself up tirelessly to try and avoid them (or fix them for that matter after they happen). It’s being laid back and lazy and saying “Whatever man, I learned my lesson. I’ll do better next time.”
Wait and try again.
When you make a mistake or you get rejected (in your sales pitch or date proposal or whatever), don’t let that failure be the end all be all.
Give it some time. Procrastinate. And try again. World domination will come later.
In the meantime, don’t think about them or worry about whether or not they’ll say yes the next time around.
Get back to doing whatever. Then nonchalantly give it another try.
Ask for that date again. Strike up that sales pitch again.
Take the attitude of "Let's see what happens." and don’t get so attached to one person’s YES.
After getting a NO three times, it’s time to just say NEXT.
If your efforts into the (business, personal, or romantic) relationship are not reciprocated or appreciated an a fair level, it’s time to say GOOD BYE.
Some people just aren’t worth the effort.
A ProcrastiN8r NEVER puts in more effort than necessary and is willing to quit, and contrary to popular belief, it’s sometimes better to be a quitter.
Look you can’t win ‘em all.
“Some will. Some won’t. Some are Waiting.”
Find the people that are waiting (to buy your product, to date a person like you, to watch your vlog).
Know the difference between Persistence and Desperation.
Persistence is fueled by desire.
It must come from a place of want, not a place of need.
You don’t need a damn thing. You want to lay on a nice comfy bed, but hey, you’ll sleep on the floor. You just want to sleep.
Apply the same mindset to any situation. Focus on what it is you actually want and don’t get attached to the specific details (or to a specific person).
Hunt down your goals, slowly and deliberately. Don’t chase them with an adrenaline rushed sense urgency.
Urgently trying to get what you want reeks of desperation and no one likes a desperate salesman or desparate dude in general.
Take the attitude that whatever happens, happens. You’ll be fine either way. Relax.
Don’t beg or plead or get on your knees. Lean back, nod, and smile no matter what.
You’ll keep trying, thinking to yourself “Well, I’d like for this to happen a certain way, but it’s cool if it doesn’t go exactly the way I want. This should be interesting either way. Let’s see where this goes”
But you’re not gonna put yourself in the weak mental frame of “I NEED this to happen so bad. I don’t think I could LIVE without him/her. I can’t afford my bills if I don’t get this sale.”
Don't give up. Just do it...later.
Don’t give up writing your blog because you’re not getting any readers.
Don’t give up recording your podcasts because you’re not getting any listeners.
Don’t give up trying to sell your product because you aren’t getting any sales.
Don’t give up on love because you aren’t getting any dates (or are getting disastrous ones for that matter)
Success is for ProcrastiN8rs. Success is for those who can wait for later.
The longer the goal takes, the more likely you are to lose motivation.
There are three type of millionaires.
Those that won the genetic lottery. Those that won the actual lottery. And those that took the time to slowly grow their wealth.
Now unless your born in the right place at the right time or have a super buff in your luck stat, your best shot at being a millionaire is to well, build your wealth slowly over time.
Most people expect success to come quickly, but you, as a ProcrastiN8r, understand that it takes a long ass time to be succesful and your patient and persistent enough to make it happen.
Take your time. There's no need to rush.
Break the one BIG ASS goal you have into small, simple, and achievable goals.
Make small steps of progress, rather than trying to reach the finish line in an instant.
Our society constantly pushes this notion that when you want something, you get it right away.
Want to go on a date? Just Swipe right.
Want social approval? Just posting a filtered photo and see a red bubble
Want to hold a conversation? Just chat with emojis and meme reposts
Want a fully cooked meal? Just press a few buttons in an app
Want a new gadget or toy? Just tell a small little speaker what it is you want and get it delivvered to your door within 24 hours.
This is all cool tech, but...
Unfortunately, this gets our brains addicted to “the NOW.”
Real goals take time though. Real progress must be done later. Much later. Anything actually meaningful takes time to grow.
It’s tempting to expect to get things right away, but we as ProcrastiN8rs know that it must be put off until “tomorrow”...at some point in the future. Eventually.
(probably not “actually” tomorrow because tomorrow is just an arbitrary word to procrastin8rs)
“Now” is an intoxicating timeline to get used to, but isn’t reality when it comes to self improvement or building wealth or growing business or even creating strong relationships with both friends and lovers.
All of the things worthwhile in life take quite a while to attain and aren’t just something you can swipe right for or get One Day Delivery for.
Patience is knowing that you won’t get Instant Gratification. Persistence is moving forward slowly despite that fact.
Learning can save a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. Reading and Learning allows you to see other people’s fuck ups so you can avoid them and see their successes so you can take the same path.
Hardworkers keep trying hard with the knowledge they have and rarely learn anything new, unless they are specifically instructed to do otherwise.
They expect “work hard” to be the solution to every single dilemma to come across.
But there’s no point in working hard (or at all for that matter) if you don’t have the knowledge to figure out what you’re supposed to be doing in the first place.
You can work hard to fix cars but if you have no fucking clue what you’re doing then you’re just wasting time (and might even cause more damage to the car than initially present).
Knowledge is easier to obtain and more effective at solving problems than plain old hard work.
You won’t waste energy working tirelessly using inefficient methods to overcome issues and that allows you to persist further down the path of your goal
You must evolve
If you’re not learning, you’re settling and that makes you a noob.
If you played any online multiplayer game and you don’t learn the updates, if you don’t learn the meta, you’re gonna fall behind. You constantly have to learn new items, weapons, moves, buffs and debuffs, and even entirely new areas and skills if you want to be able to compete.
Apply the same principle to IRL.
Adapt and overcome
Welcome change with open arms. Just roll with it and don’t get so “set in the old fashioned ways” that you can’t handle change.
Don’t work to try and keep things the same. Most times your efforts will deem unsuccessful and even if they are, change will be inevitable.
Laws that are written, technology that is released, societal views, a close one’s personality -- these are all things that can change that are *outside of your control*.
Adapt your approach to “play by the rules” and effectively communicate in a way that gets heard and stimulates impact.
Things are going to change and you can’t always control that. You can control your reaction to it though and use it as an opportunity to move forward and grow, rather than stifle you and hold you back.
Just go with the flow and accept changes with an unfazed and laid back attitude. Just like a GPS will “re-route” when you make a wrong turn or there’s a change like construction or a road block, so too must you re-route your path to success when things go off course or you’re thrown a curve ball in life.
It’s not a big deal. You’ll still get there. You just won’t get there in the way you had originally intended.
Appreciate How Far You’ve Come.
Maybe you haven’t moved that far from the couch, but so what?
Take successes as they come. Focus on the end goal of course. Focus on your vision.
But don’t get so caught up in it that you forget to celebrate the small successes along the way.
And remember to be thankful for the little things, like bite sized pizza. Apperciation for little things is an easy way to boost your confidence and keep you moving forward on your way to get the BIG things.
You can get where you want to be eventually. Just remain patient and persistent. Procrastinate your success and don’t expect (or try) to take it right away.
Success will happen tomorrow, or eventually, or whenever.
But don’t give up on it just because it’s not happening today.
Impossible is just a word for those who are impatient and not persistent. Impossible is a word for those who aren’t ProcrastiN8rs.
“Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in” - Bill Bradley
Take it easy,
P.S. Next week, we’ll dive even deeper into how to roll with it and just go with the flow in practicing your patience and persistence. Subscribe to the newsletter so you don’t miss it!