Of all the toxic traits out there, this one might be the sneakiest. Imagine you have a friend. Let’s call him Herald. Herald puts in his 8 hours of work each day, comes home, and goes on a Netflix binge. He has a few dreams, some of which are similar to yours, but Herald does nothing to achieve them.
You start spending more time with Herald. On one outing you suggest that the two of you go to a coffee shop and work on your blogs together, and maybe head to a writing conference later.
But, no—Herald suggests that the two of you play a video game for the evening. When you hang out again, he says that you look like you need a “break from it all,” and suggests a night out drinking. He does nothing to progress that week, and neither do you. He never does nothing to inspire, motivate, or push you. This goes on.
And if you never distance yourself from Harold, it might go on forever.
There’s nothing wrong with enjoying some time off, but at some point, you have to hop back on the productivity train.
Working toward your dreams doesn’t have to feel like work. Sure, it may be hard, but if you believe in your path, it’s also a joy. If you can remember that, you’ll be far less likely to fall to the powerful gravitational pull of the lazy one.