If you don’t make things happen, things will happen to you

Chuck Gallozzi

Chuck Gallozzi lived, studied, and worked in Japan for 15 years, immersing himself in the wisdom of the Far East and graduating with B.A. and M.A. degrees in Asian Studies. He is a Certified NLP Practitioner, speaker, seminar leader, and coach. Corporations, church groups, teachers, counsellors, and caregivers use his more than 400 articles as a resource to help others. Among his diverse accomplishments, he is also the Grand Prix Winner of a Ricoh International Photo Competition, the Canadian National Champion of a Toastmasters International Humorous Speech Contest, and the Founder and Head of the Positive Thinkers Group that has been meeting at St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto since 1999. His articles are published in books, newsletters, magazines, and newspapers. He was interviewed on CBC’s “Steven and Chris Show,” appearing nationally on Canadian TV. Chuck can be contacted at chuck.gallozzi@rogers.com. View his photography at https://500px.com/chuckgallozzi

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34 Responses

  1. JOSE says:

    Well in my opinion this was an excellent answer to a question which we can all relate to. I myself struggle with this a lot, always leaning to my good friends Mr. Procrastinator and Ms. Tomorrow I’ll do it, I’ve been used to since i was child to always lead into temptations and short term pleasure, but at the end it always came back to me confronting regret.
    I’m older now which means i have many more responsibilities to take care off and improve. I have been struggling with this very often lately. and i’m really scared that things will be like this for a long time. But like you said ACT, just do it. Well i need to get some things done. If you have anything to write back at me, like advice or anything you recommend, please do. thank you.

  2. rich says:

    love the reading but hey i will be truthful after reading this i will feel inspired yet what will i do after this? continue to procrastanate and basically cripple myself so i just get by and cause no attention to myself, i mean why the hell should i a person that has so much to give , give it to a world that is taking more than giving? should i sacrafice my self so others can have better lives while my own continues to decay? of course that sounds contradictory but hey thats human, but maybe never having felt the consequence of laziness how could one find the motivation to stop being it? is not knowing where to go in life so staying in one spot in sense the same definetion but if came here and you answered sure nothing will changed and even now i am procrastanating by typing all this, so now i guess i should quit beating around the bush and ask it, i do need help just dont know how to ask.

  3. Steve M says:

    Rich-sometimes you find the motivation to change only after you sink low enough to where you just have to do something about it. That’s what happened with me a few times. What helps me the most with my procrastination is to just tell myself I’m going to do only the first part of a task, like 5-10 minutes, so I feel like I did [u]something[/u]. That usually gets me moving and sometimes I even do more than I intended. I don’t usually feel like I’m sacrificing myself when helping others, it usually feels good to help someone else, and you build friends that will help you in return. So if anything it’s benefiting myself.

    Don’t discount little incremental changes, dramatic changes overnight is not realistic and you just set yourself up for failure. You just make one small improvement that is pretty easy but is more than you’re doing now.

  4. rohit says:

    thanks buddy

  5. Samantha says:

    I didn’t even have to finish reading the article. I’m ready to get up and go! Thanks!

  6. Randolph says:

    Thanks this what i needed.I always have to act because i have the heart resolve mind to contrive and hand to excute.Pleas do send me more advice or anything to write back at me.

  7. Redha says:

    Amazing and inspirational Essay ,thank you.

  8. Sade says:

    Wow, this was amazing. Thank you thank you thank you.

  9. Anthony says:

    Thank you for this article I will save it to keep me concentraited on my goals.
    My parents could never get along due to my father being a party first family later guy. My mother was always stuck at home trying to raise 3 kids and eventually she left. My mother struggled with money trying to bring us up alone and did everything she could to give us what we wanted. Eventually she was on the verge of giving up so she went to get child support from my father and thats when our troubles started.
    He harassed her to no end and they were always in court and me and my siblings coped by playing video games.
    Video games became all i was, I stoped going out caring about school and other responsabilities. We Dont do anything were supposed to do which breaks my mothers heart and it really affects me that im like this i want to change but its not easy. Right now im considering living with my father so i can change but that will hurt my mom badly and my mind is spinning.

  10. Kalen says:

    Thank you so much, this is a truly inspiring article. I love the quotes. I feel like I just got a half time speech. Thank you…

  11. Joe says:

    wow great article. My life is about to change

  12. mike pennyfether says:

    hey, good essay, really understand laziness and how it works. I know it is our own responsibilities fundamentally to overcome laziness but it’s just so hard to get out of this lazy habit. It’s all well in saying just start things, keep at them and eventually you will make a habit of it and not be lazy. I just don’t know how to start. arghhhhh

  13. Dwic says:

    You’re an idiot. Your recommendation is the equivalent of “You’re a paraplegic? Try walking!” You even make the point of saying that ‘action precedes motivation’, so you are saying you must act (the problem people are having) before they have the desire for change (the search for a remedy). This is faulty logic on several levels which reveals your argument for what it is – ignorant nonsense.

  14. Morton says:

    Talk about failed logic: A paraplegic [u]can’t[/u] walk, a lazy person [u]can[/u] take the first step in action. Just a troll.

  15. Evan says:

    Great article – I come back and read this whenever Im down and always gives me the motivation to get back going again. Thanks.

  16. Bunny says:

    Aaah !! mixed opinion i have. Actually laziness can be a physical attribute. Pleasurism does amplify laziness.But during work which is lazy one sets goals each day but feels absolutely worn out after few hours. Lifting one’s ownself is the heaviest task BTW.Keeping eyes glued to a non creative work which binds imagination scope but can ensure future success can never make you get rid of laziness.Choose a profession where you can allow your thoughts to explode it’ll, this time pleasure would work in favours and will kill laziness by itself.Then you won’t seek desparate weekends to recharge.Cheeers !!

  17. rue says:

    Thank U! Thank U!…. a great read.. now onto my great end to laziness..

  18. tulip says:

    The bestest cure I have seen. I’ve never read such an inspirational article in my life. This will change my life.

  19. Aurora Suarez says:

    Thank you so much for this article. I especially love the explanation of how we could be short-sighted. It really is an eye-opening read. God bless!

  20. Anom says:

    Thank you, really thank you for this article. I guess, everytime I get laze, I’ll re-read this.

  21. Ramesh Bulchandani says:

    How can a one page article transform somebodys life? This article did wonders for me. I have printed it, pasted one copy in my office, one in my bedroom and one in my children room. I can feel a change in them. Action first..such important 2 words. Damn motivation..it comes automatically. Thanks a million

  22. Anon says:

    Out of all the self-help articles out there, this one is the best, because it quickly and concisely gets to the point. No matter what techniques you have for “motivating” yourself, action must always come first.

    Great article.

  23. MOLEMO says:

    read this article months ago when i found myself ‘going nowhere slowly’. but when i tried the ‘action b4 motivation’ it wrkd wonders…it was the kick in the ass i needed so badly. read the ‘just do it’ article on lyved.com. its just as inspiring

  24. Adelina says:

    This is great! I feel motivated already!

  25. Indie says:

    This article really helped me somewhat. Waking up in the morning and going for my hour long run suddenly seems effortless. And always, I would feel better at the end of the run and throughout the day.

  26. Joe says:

    I think I’ll go on a little bike ride. After that, I think I’ll get back to studying my Japanese like I told myself I would for my New Year’s Resolution.

  27. Hugh Garlick says:

    I really like this article; it is truly effective and goes straight to the root of the problem.

  28. Vivian says:

    Excellent, Excellent, Excellent article! Thank you very much for posting it! Now, at least, I can overcome my laziness …

  29. Jen says:

    Wow – this is aweome!

    My favorite part: ” . . . First a word of warning. Those who do get stuck may turn to a self-help book or a counselor not to improve themselves, but to continue avoiding their responsibilities. By getting a good book or counselor, they get a new excuse to continue postponing their lives. ‘I’ll get back on track AFTER this book or my counselor straightens me out.’ they muse to themselves.” It made me laugh because it’s so true. Thank you!

  30. Jen says:

    Wow – this is awesome!

    My favorite part: “I can recommend a good book. But first a word of warning. Those who do get stuck may turn to a self-help book or a counselor not to improve themselves, but to continue avoiding their responsibilities. By getting a good book or counselor, they get a new excuse to continue postponing their lives. ‘I’ll get back on track AFTER this book or my counselor straightens me out.’ they muse to themselves.” It made me laugh because it’s so true. Thank you!

  31. Glen Nelson says:

    I really do not think the writer has a clue. I worked for over 35 years – first I worked for NSA in the military. Then I worked as a Computer Programmer where things changed every day. I was forced into retirement because I was having memory issue that made it impossible to do my job. I am having problems getting things done now, as my brain goes into idle without me consciously doing anything. I have tried everything I was aware of to get things done but I can’t seem to get my BRAIN in gear. I have seen many doctors and they have the same thoughts. Just get it done. That is the stupidest thing I have ever heard. You have never had a problem, so you think someone can just stop your crybaby and just get over it. Sometimes it is not that easy. I am sick of people looking at me and saying – you don’t look sick. I have multiple comorbid chronic diseases.. I do not outwardly look sick but have high possibilities of DYING. I am sick of ignorant people making stupid statements about people when they really don’t have a clue about the problem. Get a life and stop blaming and start helping the one’s with problems.

  32. osas says:

    I really needed that. turns out i was just looking for another outlet to help procrastinate..its a horrible feeling i tell you..actually thought i needed professional help..thanks a million..off to start those baby steps now..

  33. Lethargic No More says:

    “…you will experience the following benefits: 1. You grow stronger.”

    ?!?!?!?! OK, had been buying into this beautiful piece of writing up until now, when I reached experiencing Benefit No. 1, “You grow stronger.” Grow stronger? What does this exactly mean? Grow stronger? What, my character? My personality? My little toe? Please ELABORATE. Grow stronger in getting oneself to choose the correct path and do what initially seem like unpleasant tasks? You have been doing an excellent job of explaining EVERYTHING up until now, making an easy job of synopsizing and modifying the whole concept to get it into one’s own brain and keep it at the forefront of one’s thinking every waking moment of one’s hopefully former lethargic days, and then this piece of rot fouled everything up and brought the whole concerted effort to a screeching standstill of disarray. What do you mean by “YOU GROW STRONGER?” You just annihilated the grand total of an enormous amount of credibility built up by a truly amazing piece of writing by 3 little words of complete rot. Please elaborate! Is this a thesis statement of all the benefits that follow, or at least Benefit No. 5 and 6? It just stands there so stark and unexplained, unlike all the other well-explained benefits that follow and certainly unlike the beautiful discussion up until Benefit No. 1. It is like an unscheduled stop, like a passenger pulls the emergency stop cord while the train runs full speed. Please revise or eliminate it, because it, as you can read above, has almost caused derailment.

    Other than “Benefit” No. 1, this is the best article written that handles the problem and provides a real concept-changing approach to life and has caused immediate, overnight life-changing improvement. THANK YOU!

  34. RequiredName says:

    Wow, this was unhelpful. You’re making an assumption that certain facts are assumptions.

    “Who said that anxiety, discomfort, or fear has to prevent you from starting?”

    That’s how anxieties are defined. They prevent us from acting as we wish to. That’s why they’re anxieties. The question “How can we overcome demotivation?” is also “How can we overcome our anxieties?” You haven’t answered the question because you’ve ignored it.

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