Follow "The Process": Challenge Laziness Culture

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Do your actions bring fortune to your future?

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We live in a culture that values laziness. We tend to praise inconsistency; creating social media web pages that glorify being unproductive ­– serving as support groups that encourage the toxic behavior.

Yet, we envy the successful athlete, the wealthy entrepreneur, the renowned prize-winner, the best-selling author, the live-saving health care professional for their accomplishments.

We support a culture that chalks hard work up to “luck.” While we praise laziness, we deem hard workers as “destined” beings, as if these people have found a four leaf clover amongst wildflowers.

The most successful people in this world follow some sort of “Process.” They are consistent; with their eyes constantly on the prize. 

So, how can we eliminate the laziness culture in our life, and begin following our own “Process?”

Here are two takeaways from Meditations, 8.32 that can help us on our journey to following “The Process.”

Action by Action

You must build up your life action by action and be content if each one achieves its goal as far as possible - and no one can keep you from this.
— Marcus Aurelius

Over the past year, I have worked on eliminating the phrase, “I don’t have time.”

I DO have time. I have all the time, it’s just some things do not align with how I would like to spend my days.

In truth, we have full control of what our days look like and how we spend our time. We do have responsibilities that must happen, but we choose to do these things, as we deem them necessary (to support our lives, families, friends.)

So, the question is, if we claim not to have the time, where is it going?

How much time daily do you spend on your cell phone roaming social media. How many hours do you spend binging on Netflix series?

Up until a few weeks ago, I had absolutely no idea how much time I was wasting on my cell phone and social media. Over five hours a DAY. Five hours staring at a screen. That is absurd.

5 hours over the course of the week is 35 hours, that is practically a full-time job. That is time spent talking on the phone, texting, but most of all that is screen time on social media.

35 hours. I have 35 hours a week that I can be investing in my future, building my life brick by brick, action by action, creating a flourishing future for myself. I have 35 hours to be consistent, to challenge the laziness culture.

If you had 35 hours extra a week, would you spend it on your phone, or invest it in your future? Think about that the next time you reach for your phone, or log in to Netflix. 

Ask yourself: does this action bring fortune to my future?

Turn Obstacles into Pathways

But there will be some external obstacle! Perhaps, but no obstacle to acting with justice, self-control, and wisdom…gladly accept the obstacle for what it is and shift your attention to what is given, and another action will immediately take its place, one that better fits the life you are building.
— Marcus Aurelius

So, you’ve begun to build your life, action by action. You live a life that counteracts the laziness culture and you're on a path towards your goals, then an obstacle pops up.

This obstacle could be a rejection email, a difficult interview, a sub-par workout, an undesirable grade. You’ve worked so hard and for so many hours, yet a tree has fallen in your path toward success.

“Accept the obstacle and shift your attention to what is given.”

Accept the terms that have been given to you and choose to search for the lesson - search for a story within the heartbreak. This could mean analyzing the situation for specific actions you can improve on next time and focusing on what you can do, not what needs to happen for you. We can only control how we respond to situations.

If you can choose to see the light within the dark, you may find that another goal and another opportunity is just waiting for you around the corner, the obstacle then becomes the way, as Ryan Holiday would say.

Let’s commit to breaking the laziness culture. Let’s build our life, action by action, and turn our obstacles into pathways. Let’s encourage a productive, consistent, successful culture – it’s our choice. It’s our time.