Throughout our lives, we all meet people who have mastered the art of doing the least amount of work possible to get by. For some, this is unabashed laziness. For others, it is because they have figured out how to get others to do the work for them.
For example, “Will you help me put this in the overhead bin?” Common expression. Yeah, you could have hoisted it yourself but why bother when some unsuspecting stranger can do it for you? Or maybe you’ve heard, “Will you make my phone do such-and-such?” Again, might have taken a few minutes to figure it out but hey, someone else can probably do it much quicker.
Sometimes these little instances really are nothing more than that: little instances. However, some folks allow this to become their pattern. Year after year. Not doing things that they themselves could have done. Then they wake up one day and are shocked that people treat them like they are invalids or idiots. Why? They created this themselves, either knowingly or unknowingly.
The point here is that people will treat you the way you train them to treat you. If you constantly behave as though you are too weak, too busy, too dumb….. then that is how people will begin to see you. You must not be shocked or angered if someone makes decisions on your behalf because clearly you didn’t have concurrent time and inclination to make them for yourself.
Please make the choice not to give up your independence by being lazy. This holds for all areas of your life, not just fitness. It especially holds for daily relations and interactions with family and coworkers. Do not train others to see you as inept or weak. Get off the lazy train and take action. The short term re-patterning and discomfort will pale in comparison to the long term empowerment and independence you will feel.
Fitmark Ambassador 2013