In business as in life, there are ups and downs. Nobody is immune to this. The difference between successful outcomes and unreached potential (either personal or for your organization) can be measured using a lot of different variables. However, there is one that is the best indicator of potential success or abject failure.
I call it The Laziness Influence.
If you want your organization to progress, if you want to keep your job, if you want to achieve your greatest potential, you simply cannot be lazy.
Being tired and being lazy are not the same things. Being tired is a physiological reality. If you’re human, you’re going to get tired. Being lazy is a choice. And it’s a terrible one. Is a lazy day acceptable every now and again? I guess you could say yes. That’s not what we’re discussing here.
We’re talking about chronic laziness – on an organizational level. When the muscles in our bodies aren’t properly flexed and exercised, they get stiff. When chronic laziness is allowed at your organization, your people lose their edge. Laziness, like bad attitudes, is contagious. You don’t need employees that do the bare minimum. They aren’t adding anything to the bottom line. You don’t need leaders who ignore chronic laziness because they have more important things to worry about. Dwight Eisenhower said, “that which is urgent is seldom important while that which is important is seldom urgent.”
Remember, being lazy is a choice. If you truly want to achieve more, you’ll have to give your people an ultimatum – you can choose to be lazy, but you’ll have to choose to do it someplace else.
No company or individual ever achieved enormous success by letting opportunities go by. If you know that something is important AND urgent, take the leap. There’s no such thing as the “perfect time.” If you continuously kick the can down the road, you’ll get nothing in return but tired legs. Decide to be a market leader in something…anything.
One of the most detrimental and dangerous causes of chronic laziness is fear. A healthy amount of fear is OK. But if you’re letting fear cripple you or if it’s holding your company back, your problem with laziness will simply get worse.
Here are a few things to do:
- Eliminate unhealthy fears. You’re going to make mistakes. Suck it up.
- Laziness is a choice. Choose to be something else.
- Chronic laziness is an epidemic. True leaders deal with these Be a leader.
- Like your muscles, your mindfulness, aptitude, and desire for success will become fatigued without exercise and practice. Push yourself to do just a little more or go just a little further.
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