slak·ər·itis (n.) – /a dis-ease caused by procrastination, fear, and laziness that stunts one’s ability to move forward with ideas, visions, and pursuits, thus preventing an individual from experiencing the life of their dreams/
Dude!!! Most people fail in life, not because they’re not talented or lack the ability to experience success and create the life of their dreams! Most people are pure slackers! Plain and simple! It’s so utterly sad to witness people living mediocrely and below their potential. I believe that the majority of these people lose hope because of the fact that they allow others to project their personal baggage and insecurities onto them, and plant unwanted seeds in their lives, oftentimes unawares of the sheer amount of damage that this can cause to an individual’s destiny. And then, there’s laziness. You guys know that I’m constantly harping about procrastination, laziness, and wasted opportunities and potential as a result of playing the “waiting” game. [Reason being, it’s so freaking ubiquitous]! These are all symptoms of the disease (scientifically) known as Slackeritis. Think I’m joking? Go look it up! Or, just look outside and observe the wasted lives, depression, bitterness, anger and sadness directly resulting from fear. Fear of pursuing one’s dream. Fear of being imaginative, innovative, and ingenious. Fear of what other people think they know about you. Fear that you won’t fit into the mold. Well, guess what? If you’re comfortable fitting into the mold, you need to think thrice about your future and begin figuring out methods by which to dig yourself out (of the mold). Trust me. These words are not being written in vain, because I’m talking to myself. I’ve suffered from the type of Slackeritis caused by allowing myself to be so ravaged by fear (False Evidence Appearing Real) that it stunted my development as an entrepreneur and idea generator for a period of time. I falsely believed the lies of the many so-called friends and family members who constantly reminded me of how much of a failure I was, all of the things I was doing wrong, and how I would experience a life riddled with obstacles and setbacks due to some of the risky decisions that I made. But, little did they know that this life experience would create a resilience and desire to succeed unmatched by those who had/have never really experienced any degree of real suffering in their lives. There is something about sacrifice that makes experiencing the reward/result that much sweeter.
Taking the Leap
The first step to overcoming Slackeritis is focusing on what it is in life that you really love to do. It sounds cliche, but it is of utmost importance to find out what exactly you are passionate about and get creative about ways to infuse more of this passion into your life. And, we’re not talking “hobby” passion. I mean, passionate to the point of obsession. So much so, that you would do it every day without pay. Once you narrow down what it is that you’re passionate about, you need to figure out a way to incentivize yourself to stick with whatever it is that you decide to pursue. You will inevitably experience times throughout your life and career when you want to quit, give up, and take a totally new direction in life. There’s nothing inherently wrong with pivoting and trying new things. In fact, it’s wise to know when to quit. But, don’t make a habit out of starting things and not following through with them. This is the epitome and one of the key characteristics of a true slacker. Someone who cannot honor commitments to themselves or other people, for that matter. Someone who has a new idea every week, yet lacks the critical discipline and maturity required in order to execute on anything. Anything. Make a habit out of setting reasonable goals for yourself, getting accountability, and sticking to it. Let your yesses be yes and your no’s be no.
As human beings, we rely on each other to impart valuable information, feedback, and criticism in order to grow the community in which we are to thrive. It’s a survival tactic that we’ve been prewired to adopt since the dawn of mankind. Finding a trusted friend, advisor, or mentor who believes in you, your vision, and your character (not one or the other; but, all 3) can be pinnacle in your ability to reach your peak potential as an artist, entrepreneur, salesperson, or whatever you’re committed to becoming in life. Accountability forces you to think twice before you make a decision to not follow through with a particular decision or objective. Accountability also allows you to receive some constructive criticism, along with an additional perspective that you otherwise may not have considered on your own. This is key to building your intellect and and keeps you laser focused on that targeted goal you were initially after. I’ve been blessed to encounter people in my life who I’d only dream of having any connection to! My personal rolodex is filled with individuals whom I grew up watching on television and listening to on the radio. That’s the blessing associated with sacrifice, living in your purpose, and relentlessly pursuing those things to which you are called to, without trepidation or fear.
Slackeritis Virus (WARNING:It’s Contagious)
A short time ago, when I was initially diagnosed with Slackeritis, I noticed a trend among the group of peers with whom I was closely associated at the time. The majority of these individuals were nearing, or already in their 30’s (I’ve always had older friends/acquaintances), with no real merit or achievement under their belts. It really began to bother me when some of these acquaintances would attempt to feed me advice and “wisdom” because of my age and perceived lack of understanding/life experience at the time. They somehow felt that they owed it to me to share insight on how to navigate through life and achieve the level of success (or mediocrity) that they themselves settled for at their respective stages in life. Yet, I quickly learned that their mentality in regards to setting goals, following through, and reaching certain levels in life was limited by what they felt like doing (or not doing). Pure emotion. For a while, I struggled to find my footing and felt as if I were spinning my wheels until I figured out that my position had everything to do with the people that I surrounded myself with. I’m reminded of an old adage that further catalyzed my ability to choose my friends and associates more wisely. It says, “You are the average of the 5 people that you associate with the most.” Another powerful principle revolves around the saying, “Show me your friends, I’ll show you your future.” Definitely something to keep in the forefront of your mind when meeting and getting to know people with the possibility of becoming close friends or associates.
I’m super blessed and appreciative to be a strong survivor of Slackeritis. But, in order to prevent a relapse, I constantly have to work at creating the proper environment for myself (e.g. friends/acquaintances, not procrastinating, honoring my commitments) as opposed to one that’s ripe for the disease. It’s tough to fight through or even prevent Slackeritis with all of the contagious people that we’re confronted with on a daily basis, but it can certainly be done! Stay encouraged and begin working on ways to maintain good habits and friends and feel free to reach out to me anytime if you require accountability! We recently launched the Motivaction Mastermind Group which exists for people who want to be the absolute best at what they do in every aspect, from career to life in general. There are extremely stringent requirements to become apart of the group and maintain good standing, but if you’re interested, drop me a line (or email) and briefly tell me why you think you’d be a good fit for the group. Until next time, blessings and success Superpreneur(.me) family and be sure to share how you’re beating Slackeritis in the comments below.