How I went from Bullshitter to Go-Getter:
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If you're into self improvement, chances are you've probably studied up on some of the more well known figures such as Tony Robbins and others like him.
In my past, I would read up on self improvement books left and right in an effort to better myself and increase my productivity, which in turn, should eventually lead to more success. Chances are, if you are reading this, you're probably not an all round lazy person who can't get anything done.
Maybe you work hard in some areas in life, while being lazy in other areas that don't appeal to you as much. This is not the only way to go about overcoming laziness.
This is the way I did it, and I know for a fact that if you can commit to doing it exactly as I have it written out, you won't have a "motivation problem" anymore.
The result is guaranteed if you are willing to follow it through 100%.
For me, doing schoolwork was my weakest point. It's not that I was bad at school. I had always gotten good grades all the way up till college. I just didn't have to work hard for it.
I was bright enough to get away with procrastinating and learning the information right before a test, and getting a good score.
There was no reason for me to take academics seriously, because I had always gotten away with getting good enough results with a bare minimum level of effort.
I even got into an academically intense undergraduate program in engineering that offered me a scholarship that would eliminate 75% of all costs (I would later find out that this was a result of my inflated standardized test scores).
I was quite shocked that a slacker like me was handed all this stuff when friends of mine who put in way more effort with better grades had gotten inferior options to choose from.
Going in to college, I didn't have the hard set study habits that you're supposed to develop in high school (in retrospect, I don't think most high school kids take school any more seriously than I did).
Transitioning from putting in an average of 2 hours a week (if that) into demanding at least 20 hours/week be invested into coursework was impossible. By the end of the semester, I had a 2.5 GPA (considering I was taking all intro level classes, half of which I had already learned in high school, it was pitiful) and was in danger of losing my scholarship.
If I didn't get my grades up, I would lose out on over $50,000 in scholarship money that would otherwise go straight to my debt to start my post-graduation life.
I knew I had to change my approach. What I was doing wasn't working and the advice of "just do the work" wasn't going to cut it.
Towards the end of the semester, I had gotten better at studying, but my inability to sit still and focus on boring math concepts for longer than 20 minutes was a serious roadblock to my academic career.
At this point, I had experimented with Adderall, but couldn't stand how cracked out and hyperactive it made me feel being on it.
Not to mention the terrible comedown and the possibility of long term psychological damage through long term use.
I needed a long term solution that actually fucking worked, not some positive mindfuck statements or being told to "just study more".
Just "studying more" wasn't going to cut it.
I knew I was fucked if I didn't drastically improve over the next semester.
I had first heard about modafinil through Dave Asprey and several other Silicon Valley types online and they were ranting and raving pretty hard about it, so I decided to had to give it a go to see what it was all about.
My next struggle would be finding a half decent vendor that could sell me quality product at a good price.
The Internet is full of scammers and marketers trying to make a quick buck off of this. I had to go through several shitty vendors that either marked up their prices to ridiculous rates or gave under dosed (or possibly fake) crap.
It took two weeks from the day I placed my order to the day it arrived in my mailbox, and I was absolutely blown away by the instant results. In one day, I was able to clock 8 solid hours of class work and studying. I got more mundane work done in one day than I had ever gotten done in my life prior. For a fresh college kid with no work ethic, that's a pretty fucking big deal.
At that point, I knew I was hooked. In the initial first few weeks, I was so dependent on it to get shit done. I found myself taking higher doses and getting worse results, and even taking it on days where I didn't have a whole lot going on. Over time, I smartened up and started taking breaks, limiting the dosages that I used, and did everything I could to build a solid permanent work ethic that would last regardless of what I was or wasn't taking.
Building a Work Ethic from Scratch: (My step by step solution)
The method I have used worked 110% for me and it has worked for every person I've convinced to follow through with it all the way. You are going to need Modafinil to follow this routine. It was instrumental in my success and I have no shame in admitting that.
I'm sure a lot of people will read through this, and come up with 101 different questions and excuses as to why this won't work for them. This isn't something you can just read and rationalize.
If you want to benefit from this protocol, you have to TRY IT. Try it for 1 month. Then tell me whether or not I'm all hype or the real deal. Again, this is meant for lazy people who currently lack the discipline needed to work on their goal, but are willing to take the actionable steps necessary to overcome their laziness.
What you need:
- ONE GOAL that you are willing to dedicate the majority of your waking hours to
If you want to get results from this, you have to feel like you NEED whatever it is you're trying to accomplish. I've found that when I feel like they absolutely need something and are willing to do whatever it takes to get it as opposed to just kind of wanting it, I tend to get it.
Pick 1 goal. 1 goal. Not 2 goals, not 3 mini goals. 1 goal. If you pick can pick 1 goal, I can guarantee this will get you results. If your focus is scattered in 5 different directions, you will likely make little progress in any of them. In fact, if you're like most people, you probably won't get anywhere.
- 3 200 mg Modafinil tablets/week
Pretty straightforward. If you order through our recommended vendor, it won't cost you more than a couple dollars per use, and the product is pharmaceutical grade.
- 3 days out of the week to dedicate 8 hours minimum of your free time towards your goal. Ideally, this is going to be a solid chunk of time. Less ideally, you could break it up into two 4 hour intervals.
I understand that many people reading this have full time jobs/school and a plethora of other obligations. If you don't have 3 days out of the day to dedicate to your goal, I don't really know what to tell you. Find a way. Make the time. Doesn't matter how, just make it happen. If you can't do that, then stop reading this and find a new goal that you actually care about.
- A notebook and pen
Keep this closeby to your bed.
For 3 nonconsecutive days out of the week, set aside 8 hours of time to work on your goal. Ideally this would be right in the morning since your mind is fresh spares you a sleeping disorder from dosing too late in the day. You are going to take 200 mg on an empty stomach and get to work. For 8 hours, isolate yourself from all technological distractions, and place yourself in an atmosphere where you believe you will be most productive and outside distractions are kept at a minimum. For those 8 hours, your responsibilities are the following:
- Physically stay put at your area of work. Don't leave for unnecessary tasks.
- When you get bored, avoid reaching for your phone and don't surf the Internet.
- Plan what you're going to eat and drink ahead of time. The ideal situation would be to pack your food and have it on hand or easily accessible.
Daydreaming and sitting idle is allowed, as long as you don't break #2.
For the other 3 days in the week, commit yourself to following the same process as above, but only hold yourself accountable to staying put for 2 hours. Do not take Modafinil or any stimulants stronger than coffee on those days.
1 day out of the week, you're free to work as much or as little as you want on your goal. I recommend planning out an inexpensive, enjoyable activity that you can look forward to.
I believe it helps tremendously for staying on track and maintaining mental sanity. It could be as simple as a walk in the park or going out and having a social evening with some friends.
Every night before you go to sleep, sit down for 15 minutes at a quiet place with your notebook and pen. I want you to write down 3 things.
First, write down exactly what you accomplished today.
Second, write down what you failed to accomplish today. Think back and try to pinpoint the exact reason why you couldn't get it done. Maybe you underestimated the amount of hours necessary, maybe you got sidetracked with some meaningless activity, maybe your car broke down and you couldn't leave the house. However insignificant or legitimate the reason is doesn't matter. Write it down.
Third, I want you to envision where you will be in the forseeable future if you accomplish what you set out to do. What would you think your life will be like 6 months from now, a year from now, 5 years from now, 10 years from now if you were to accomplish what it is you set out to do. Be as specific as possible on how you perceive this goal will directly impact your lifestyle. Now, I want you to write down what your life will be like both in the short and long term if you don't succeed. How would you live differently? How much of an impact would it have?
Fourth, go straight the fuck to bed. No food, no sex, no mindless surfing the Internet.
The theory behind it goes something like this. Since you just got done doing the writing exercise mentioned above, that is going to be the last thing on your mind before your head hits the pillow. While you're sleeping, your mind is going to be thinking about what you just wrote down.
All night long, your subconscious and unconscious mind is going to be hard at work scheming and coming up with new ways to get what you want.
If you're reading this and thinking to yourself "that's just a bunch of woo woo bullshit talking, it probably won't make much of a difference", all I can say is don't knock it till you try it.
The psychological difference it makes in your mindset is
So why should any of this make a difference??
The purpose of following this protocol is to recondition your habits and your mind into the right thought patterns and actions that are conducive to your success.
By strategically using Modafinil on days when you're forced to work longer hours, you significantly lessen the amount of willpower (a finite resource) required to stay put and work on what needs to be done.
It would be easy to skip over the nightly writing task, but I urge you not to do so. The time commitment is negligible, and you can make it as short or as long as you want it to be. If you got nothing done that day, just write "I got absolutely nothing done today" and leave it at that.
Even if you feel guilty for not getting anything done or worried about your future because of your lack of effort, don't skip the writing exercise.
Its better that you face your fears today while you still have time on your hands, rather than down the road when you're all worn out and out of resources.
If I were to boil this process down to two steps it would be this:
- Sit still and work on your mission, while avoiding distractions.
- Do the mindset exercise
Believe it or not, you already know what it takes to stop being lazy and actually accomplish your goal. Everyone knows this instinctively. Throw enough hours at anything, and you're going to get pretty damn good at it. It's not rocket science. The protocol is designed with 2 purposes.
- It forces you to put in a bare minimum amount of hours while you're starting off to see initial results, and promotes the consistency needed to keep getting results.
- It changes your mindset to one of resourcefulness and encourages you to work harder over time.
Over time, you will notice yourself working more hours on the days you don't have to. Eventually you should reach a point where you can work for as many hours as you want with or without Modafinil, at which point you can decide to stay on or come off.
I deem it mandatory in the initial stages because it helps you gain momentum that you otherwise would not have gained.
The mental edge and focus is meant to serve as a boost in those initial stages when results are nonexistent and motivation is still fragile.
At the later stages, you can choose to either use it to have super productive days, or discontinue use altogether if you think you don't need it.