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Why Is Lazy Control a Valuable Example of an Oxymoron?

So…you say you would like to get control of the direction of your life.  Why is that do you think?

Could it be you feel without that sense of control you can’t make the desired progress in your life?

Could it be you feel that way because (when you are really honest with yourself) you have been taking the easy way out on too many things and for too long a period of time.

In that case, here’s your reality—you can’t be lazy and expect to be in control at the same time.

olympia-1535219_1920As I write this article, the Rio Olympics are in full swing.  A couple of participants can serve as a great example of your reality.

The American swimmer, Michael Phelps just won his 22st Gold Medal.  After the last Olympics in London, England, one could say he got lazy, personally troubled and retired.

That might be overstating the case slightly but retiring from swimming means the 6 hours he spent training everyday went away.  After all, he could afford to be lazy, so to speak, because he was no longer competing.  Having made that decision, he was no longer in control of his ability to win Gold Medals.

Fast forward a couple of years and Phelps rethinks his retirement from world-class competitive swimming.  He decides if he is going to get back in control of his swimming potential, he must take action!

The result—at 31 years of age he continues to add to his record number of individual Gold Medals.  Nobody in the history of the modern games has earned as many medals as Michael Phelps.

Living proof you can only be in control of your destiny when you are not lazy in your pursuit.

Contrast Phelps with a former Olympics swimming “Golden Girl” from the USA, Missy Franklin.  She became the story of the swimming team’s London Olympics because she had spent years of hard work and controlled her destiny by winning multiple Gold Medals!

The story of Missy Franklin’s outcomes in swimming at the Rio Olympics is tragic by comparison to London.  In the ensuing 4 years since the London Olympics a lot has gone on that seems to have distracted her.

In effect, those distractions have interrupted her training routine enough to where it could be said it was a lazy effort.  The consequence…loss of control of her potential to be a Gold Medal winner at multiple Olympic Games.

Back to you and your potential!

Are you allowing distractions in your life to take you down the path of least resistance?  Is giving into laziness putting you in a position of no longer being in control?

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Emphasize the quality of your effort not the speed of getting the result.
  • Use shortcuts only when they don’t impact the quality of your outcomes.
  • Get to work and revel in the joy you will gain from a job well done.
  • Think:  It’s not about getting it done…it is about getting it done to the best of your ability.
  • Focus on the rewards of overcoming challenges rather than giving into them.
  • Believe persistence is the key to being in control of your results.
  • Be patient and reset your commitment when distractions tempt you to take the easy way.

Metaphorically, would you rather achieve outcomes like Michael Phelps or Missy Franklin?

There is only one way to do it.  Control laziness and you control your future outcomes.

garylogonewbrownsmallWhat are you going to do to avoid the downside to the oxymoron, lazy control?

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Crop of GNCC ShotMindstate mentor, author, trainer and speaker, Gary Greenfield (@LifeRider) provides self-employed people inspirational insight and concise business ideas to help improve mindstate and minimize stress. He believes a mindstate that is positive and stress that is minimized helps self-employed people better profit through performance

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