I WILL—TO WILL IS TO DO
I remember growing up with these words from my mother; having a strong desire(intention) for doing is not same as getting things done.
I want you to picture this scenario; imagine your young daughter tugs on your skirt repeatedly with a tight grip then pleads that you guide her steps. As a mother, you’ll feel delighted to help her. You nudge her to start walking and then she refuse blankly to take a step.
What will drop in your mind?
For me, I’ll likely assume she’s not ready for what she asked for.
As much as life gives us a chance of advancement and gifts us beautiful opportunities, we will not utilize our openings if all we do is wishful thinking; a will to do. Utilization involves us making practical use of an entity and that signifies us getting involved practically(not just in our minds). Many of us wants so many things life has not given us and as much as we fantasize what we will make do with it, we wouldn’t still manage these opportunities competently if given to us.
So many successful people are not the sharpest tool in the shed but they have managed to be successful. How’s that? It is clearly because thinking doesn’t become productive until it is utilized. These men have learnt utilization coupled with not admitting defeat even if their object of success doesn’t work out as planned. In this post, i won’t solely address our ability or capacity but will be cut deep into how much our getting involved will do a lot of good. I overheard my neighbour talk about how sweet it will be if a huge amount of money lands on his doorstep. I have also reasoned like him at a point in my life but then we must fight our biased belief that life should be easy and rewards must be immediate.
How many times have you thrown your Saturday morning plans out the window in favor of an extra two hours of sleep? How many brilliant ideas never stand a fighting chance because you’re too absorbed by the online and flat-screen worlds? How many New Year’s resolutions/plans do you carry over year to year? Once we’ve generated a goal, we believe that we’ve got to do something about it. We’re torn between competing desires: i want to accomplish this idealized plan, but it must not be too hard. In fact, I need it to be easy.
That’s where procrastination comes in. We put off a task because we think it is too difficult; our bias is to fool ourselves into thinking we’ll do it tomorrow or give up on the task to look for a task requiring less effort.
Laziness by definition is not the same as being uncomfortable—it is simply an unwillingness to expend energy but laziness in an environment where we could be highly productive is a recipe for discomfort. Because we evolved with a focus on immediate returns/ result, any behavior that is not instantly rewarding becomes a no go area. We just want quick reward and cool cash.
You should know an attitude of laziness in the real world does not bode well. Laziness seem normal to a lot of us, and productivity is something that must be coaxed out of its shell, like a turtle. I have a mom friend that took leftovers home from an office party to avoid having to make or buy some food. She often say she could have a lazy-parent reality show. Funny right? All of these didn’t crawl up to her in a day. The habit developed and she continued in it. Our habits becomes part of us in the long run.
This is the age of inactivity. It has slowly crawled in on us and clenched its fang into our hearts.
Most of us can identify with at least a little bit of laziness in ourselves. There is nothing wrong with taking some “down time,” relaxing after a long day, using the time to recharge and reflect on the day. But when we know that we should be someplace else, doing something, maybe we get a prompting our boss to carry out a task, but we remain where we are in idleness or indifference and ignore the urges, that is when we need this particular exhortation, “Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise …”
How do I get started?
- Do not undermine yourself. You don’t underestimate a pest based on its size. Ants are tiny, but a bunch of them can take on quite the project if they work together. Ants can lift up to 20 times their body weight. My focal point is never see yourself as incapable. See God’s ability in you.
- Act now and start small. The ants work in the now. Their goal, with the future in mind , is for the storing plans of their food provisions, in the long term. Ask yourself, “Why is it too hard to do this for just 10 minutes?” It isn’t, and you’ll find that you quickly enjoy some tasks if only you start. Go out running for only 3 minutes. Do the dishes for 5 minutes. Write on that report you’ve been procrastinating on for 10 minutes.
- Shut out every con’s way out. An ant’s work ethic never changes. They remain focused on their goal. Getting started and trying to fully focus on work for 5 to 20minutes may not result in any work of importance getting done if you don’t remove those things that you use to procrastinate. So ask yourself: where do I usually escape to instead of doing my work?For example: with me, its always often my smart phone and multitasking, or random internet browsing. So I put my phone in silent mode and I put it at the other end of my room when I work. By setting up that small physical obstacle I avoid the phone trap maybe 94% of the time.
- Admit that result is progressive. Resist the idea that you need comfort and immediate reward. Getting rid of these ideas can refocus you on your long-term goal. Ants can build an anthill in the span of days. Some of the ants within a colony are actually called “soldier ants” and spend their lives defending the colony, gathering and killing food.
- Engage others. Ants working together is the key to how they get so much done. By sharing the burden of decision-making, colonies avoid the mistakes that a solitary animal makes when taking on too much information. What’s great about ants is that we can see exactly how they do this, by making sure that no ant has to process more information than it is able to. Make a public commitment to complete a task. The extrinsic motivation provided by others will make you more vigilant about getting it done. If the people you hang out the most with are generally a bit lazy about work, school or parenting then it’s easy to just adapt to that mood and way of thinking and go with it. But if you spend more time with motivated people in real life and via books, then that will start to influence your thinking and mood too.
- Reward Yourself. Ants have a cyclical pattern of resting periods which each nest as a group observes, lasting around eight minutes in any 12-hour period. Relaxation differs from laziness in that it is a reward for a completed task. When your life gets too overwhelming then you may shut down and procrastinate by lying lazily on the couch and just watching the TV or your smart phone. Resting, at a moderate amount has been truly beneficial for me. Let yourself relax after a period of sustained effort.
Diligent hands will rule but the lazy ends up in forced labour. There might be various reasons for our inactivity and sometimes we might have different incapabilities that limit our ability to go to action. But God is our ability. Our ability is not separated from the one that has birthed us in his likeness. We can handle tasks with the ability birthed in us. We will begin to see more result when we understand our ability and acknowledge what God can do through us – if we are willing! Let us make the most of opportunities and live as wise men. The future becomes bleak if all we do is inactivity. Get involved. Do the thing you’re thinking about.
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