When I tell people about the concept of lazy goals most achievers smile while other people look puzzled and hopeful. I will share how it works but first a personal story of how I was able to transform pain into success :).
I hate exercising and overall being too physical even while I know it is essential for my mental, emotional and physical well being. Understanding is not enough for me to be motivated. In addition I have been learning how to surf for the past 6 years ( a separate story – also very inspiring 🙂 ).
I knew I need to start swimming somehow.
I told myself you can go swim for just 10 minutes, or even less, and I gave myself permission to spend the remaining time in the jacuzzi (10 minutes), and the sauna (15 minutes). I love both jacuzzi and sauna and so that sounded fun and that is what I did – 3 times per week I went to the swimming pool to do my lazy swimming.
You probably know what happened. 10 minutes became 15 and 15 became 20 and sometimes I swim for half an hour and after that I go for yoga.
The wisdom here is that I was kind and honest with myself. I embraced my laziness and kindly and slowly built habits one week at a time. Now I am excited not only about swimming but overall exercising.
Quite often, people do not want to meet themselves where they are at and want to force a better, stronger vision on themselves. And for some people it works to be tough on themselves and suck it up. For the past 9 years of coaching and helping people become more productive I know that it is more efficient to find a way to be kind to yourself and start small.
I believe in small, consistent steps. What is most important is to start somewhere and sometime with lazy goals.
The concept of lazy goals helped many of my clients become established artists and writers, build businesses and learn how to be at the office at 7 am! (That is the next blog!)
6 years ago I bought myself a lip gloss with a name : “Surf girl” now I ride waves.