Jun 28, 2013
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Why Change is So Hard

I came across this short video over at LeadingLDS.com that attributes a lack of desire for change to exhaustion rather than laziness in some cases. The guy makes a fairly reasonable argument, but I’m not quite sure that laziness and exhaustion are really that different. Perhaps if we address what is similar about the two and figure out how to overcome the root problem, we will find solutions that work for us.

Laziness and Exhaustion vs. Vision and Remembrance

Although this second video is titled “How to Overcome Laziness in 4 Steps”, I am curious if the same principles apply to exhaustion. I don’t know that I am convinced that laziness is really that different from exhaustion, the point is that you are just simply not motivated. Feeling a lack of motivation isn’t necessarily a bad thing, we are mortal beings, we get tired and are prone to habitual behavior.

Still, we are told to put off the natural man and this is one of the key purposes of this life but how do we do this? I found the simple advice in the video below to be insightful and right in line with what we could find in scripture, especially the part about vision.

We read in Proverbs 29:18: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he” so maybe vision is the key and remembering that vision in times of weakness is the lock that together with the key, opens the door to self-mastery.

These articles may provide further insight:

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It is very important to talk about desires. Neal A Maxwell did that so well. You touched on that matter in your article about will. Heart is the symbol of our desires. They precede faith, conversion but also anger or intolerance. We can’t force or instil desires into someone’s heart because it’s so closely related to free agency. To me those two words blend into the same concept. I believe than often we think we have the desire but what really happens is that we wish we had the desire or we desire the consequences but not the hard work… Read more »