Things Are Hard Until They Are Easy

Message/Experiment of the Week:

Do you remember how hard it was to ride a bike the first time? Many things in life are hard at first, but then with practice and effort they become easy. Here are just a few examples: walking, using the bathroom, playing pickleball, skiing, driving a car, flying a plane, talking or singing in front of people, running a mile, lifting 100lbs, investing 10% of your pay, being a leader….

As we do hard things our abilities increase, and those things eventually become easy (lifting weights is a great example of this). However, many of us forfeit amazing lives because we avoid the initial discomfort it takes to uplevel our lives. Instead of creating the lives we want, we take the path of least resistance and become victims of our own circumstances.

Truly fulfilling lives come from developing our talents and abilities to their fullest by doing hard things until they become easy in pursuit of our most noble causes.

For an experiment this week, figure out the one thing you can do today that will have the biggest positive impact on your life and do it, regardless of how hard it is at first.

Quote of the Week:

  • "These are times in which a Genious would wish to live. It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed. Would Cicero have shone so distinguished an orater, if he had not been roused, kindled and enflamed by the Tyranny of Catiline, Millo, Verres and Mark Anthony. The Habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties. All History will convince you of this, and that wisdom and penetration are the fruits of experience, not the Lessons of retirement and leisure.

    Great necessities call out great virtues. When a mind is raised, and animated by scenes that engage the Heart, then those qualities which would otherways lay dormant, wake into Life, and form the Character of the Hero and the Statesman." ― Abigail Adams to John Quincy Adams, 19 January 1780 ( (I think John was around 12 when his mom wrote this letter to him.)

Videos of the Week:

Do The Hard Thing First

Jordan Peterson: How to STOP being UNDISCIPLINED

Song of the Week:

Katy Perry - Rise (NBC Olympics video)

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