I think that you’ll find this fact shocking:
Most high-performing achievers are lazy.
Yes, LAZY—but they had big dreams and big goals.
To achieve them, they forced disciplines, routines and rituals on themselves.
Ultimately then they produced much, much more than people who didn’t have the same weaknesses but failed to proactively and aggressively build these important discipline systems into their lives.
If you don’t believe me, flip on SportsCenter, where you’ll see that some of the most accomplished athletes of all time—renowned for their strict eating habits, grueling fitness programs and intense training schedules, and now retired (goals accomplished)—have reverted to their more “natural” behavior, habits and discipline. Former National Basketball Association stars Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Charles Barkley quickly come to mind (more, more, more)
Most people think I’m one of the most disciplined and consistent people they’ve ever known. Which I am.
But I confess that I am naturally quite lazy.
If you question that, just ask my wife.
I’ve had to work at building in the systems, rituals, routines and processes to, well, really, protect myself from myself.
That’s why I’m so good at teaching these systems—because I’m my own neediest client!
I am intensely disciplined in the areas of my life in which I really want results, improvement and success. Outside those areas, well, not as much. I didn’t realize this dichotomy until I started to see the same reality in über-successful people I know and have interviewed. Outside their areas of focus, where they’ve built in routines and proactively developed habits, they’re not as disciplined or hardworking as you’d expect.
You can take away two great insights from learning this dirty little secret about high achievers: read more »