Idleness tortures many of us, especially those who are lazy but ambitious at the same time. Nevertheless, there is a recipe to conquer laziness.

Why Are We Idle? Homework on How to Fight this Enemy and Reach Success

Some say that laziness is an engine of progress. Honestly speaking, there is a grain of truth in this statement. The fact is that a lazy person can easily come up with perfect ideas of how NOT to do anything by herself. However, not everyone can implement these ideas, as ingenuity is not the only factor of success. In this regard, there is a necessity to overcome one of the most powerful enemies of humanity – laziness.

I must admit that if laziness always accompanies you, it often means that you are a normal human, not a robot, and sometimes you need to slow down. Of course, from time to time you need to get up and start doing what is required and expected from you. But as I have mentioned above, laziness does not let you go. In fact, your willpower can help you overcome laziness. However, it sometimes assumes hypertrophied forms too, so it is worthwhile to stop, reflect on its causes, and choose a useful tool to fight it. Let’s consider each reason in more detail based on research.

Lack of Motivation

One of the most popular reasons for being lazy is lack of motivation. It implies an unwillingness to accomplish a particular task because you can’t foresee what its completion will bring to you. If you can’t imagine the results clearly, you’re unlikely to be willing to strive to achieve something.

You may feel internal resistance and struggle, literally. In psychology, this phenomenon is called the conflict of independent units of consciousness (an intrapersonal conflict). The personality of a human can be imagined as a collection of subpersonalities. Each of them wants something and strives for something. If their intentions are opposite, then these wishes and preferences “tear” a human apart. Quite a familiar situation, isn’t it?

The Recipe for Happiness

In this case, we have to deal with two problems: we must increase motivation and eliminate the internal conflict at the “subpersonal” level, literally negotiating with each of our personalities.
Some simple exercise can help increase motivation. Firstly, you should determine what activity makes you lazy. Then you should ask yourself several questions, such as “Why am I doing this?” or “What result will it bring to me?”

Such therapy is considered the most powerful as the instrument for finding the source of motivation is you and only you. To eliminate internal conflict, I recommend paying attention to the development of modern NLP. The essence of working with conflicts, in this case, will be based on revealing the intention of each of your subpersonalities and adjusting the way of its realization in practice.


It may sound weird, but many people are lazy because they have fear. By the way, it does not matter what kind of fear they have: whether they are afraid to fail, face obscurity, or something like that. Sometimes people are so scared of not only something negative. But, on the contrary, they are afraid of fame, glory, and success. Many believe that fear must be overcome simply by breaking itself. “Do not be afraid.” “Keep Strong!” Such phrases are aimed at motivating us.

However, I believe that such tactics can be destructive. Alpinists have a good saying: “One who was not afraid, is no longer with us.” Therefore, you should not perceive fear as your enemy. Sometimes it can appear to be your good friend.

The Recipe for Friendship

What you should do is to improve self-confidence and ability to predict possible difficulties that will appear in your everyday life. Of course, it is impossible to forecast all potential problems, but by analyzing your words and actions constantly, you prepare yourself for raising to ant challenge on your way to success. Remember, nothing prevents you from being happy. Neither imaginary enemies nor difficulties. Right now is high time to start realizing your dreams and enjoying your life.

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George Meszaros is the editor and co-founder of Success Harbor where entrepreneurs learn about building successful companies. Success Harbor is dedicated to document the entrepreneurial journey through interviews, original research, and unique content. George Meszaros is also co-founder of Webene, a web design and digital marketing agency.