8/26/15 - “The Hard Thing” is STILL Hard
On the topic of deciding to do the hard thing and chase what you really want in life, it’s critical to remember a simple idea. “The hard thing” is, by nature, hard. Before you roll your eyes, realize that this isn’t a redundancy. In fact, awareness to the difficulty of trying to realize a dream career or far fetched goal doesn’t change a damn thing about how challenging it will be. Your awareness to the magnitude of your undertaking is a respectable perspective to have and is probably key in accomplishing your goals, but it cannot be traded in for some sort of help when adversity arises. Tests are still hard and reaching your potential is still equally as painstakingly challenging.
Hell, I’ll take it a step further, even experience doesn’t help. Consider an Olympic hopeful in weightlifting who has recently performed a new personal best in the clean and jerk. The tangible experience of accomplishing what was once impossible (a new personal best), doesn’t make the next personal record any easier. The reality of the challenge is real, and if it wasn’t, well, it’s not a real challenge.
This very paradox is at the center of the most mindful practice anyone can embark on, which is to venture to the edge of their capacity in anything. This practice of growing the boundaries of your potential is guaranteed to challenge and deliver life’s most potent lessons. In fact, many would argue that as one pursues this mastery, not only do things not get easier, it gets harder.
This built in guarantee is both empowering and powerfully scary. It’s part of the reason that most kids don’t become Major League short stops, astronauts, or doctors. When the adverse reality of the steps towards lofty goals become apparent it makes “most kids” choose an easier path. That’s why excellence is rare. Remember, the easy thing is to think it’d be nice to be a Major League short stop, astronaut, or doctor. The hard thing is to want those things and go out and decide to make it yours.
Recognizing this simple reality that knowing an undertaking will be difficult doesn’t change a damn thing about it’s difficulty is important. Set out for your personal journey. Do the thing that demands the very best of you and makes you feel alive. This is the same thing, as I’ve said, that will allow you to offer the most to your community, as well. The universe needs you to do this thing. When the adversity hits that you know is coming, don’t be alarmed at it’s bite. At least know, you’re right where you should be. Keep going!
If it’s found that your particular undertaking doesn’t present these harsh realities, one thing is certain. You aren’t doing everything you can. Go big!
Complete the following for time:
80 DB Walking Lunge Strides (40/25)
120 Double Unders