First off, I don’t think that there is such a thing as a “hard” life or an “easy” life. I think we’ll all have our own personal challenges, and we can choose how we perceive life at difficult moments, it’s not all hard or all easy. Everyone has both positive and negative experiences. That being said, the quote resonated with me, I agree with it in a lot of ways.
I believe that the quickest way for us to get healthier, better, is to do what’s hard for us.
That movement which doesn’t come naturally to you, spend time practicing it.
That risk you’re afraid to take, go for it.
The skill you really don’t like, hire a coach or grab a training partner to help ya.
The conversation you keep putting off, yea…that one…it’s probably best to have it.
The choice to try and see what happens, even if it’s a lot of “unknown,” go get some support and jump in.
The thing that frustrates you the most, attempt a different way of attacking it.
The decisions that come with the most fear, doubt, concern, worry, dread, or suck….they aren’t easy ones. They often keep playing over and over in our minds, because they come along with some amount of discomfort. Therefore we try avoid them or choose the “easier” route that keeps us more comfortable. So we think anyways.
PS the idea that if you can just avoid something, you’ll stay more comfortable, and limit change, is a bullshit myth.
You may think you’re staying comfortable by not doing something, but you’re likely getting more uncomfortable on the inside.
Doing what’s uncomfortable, making the harder choice, is what will propel you forward.
It will help you become stronger, more adaptable and courageous. It will help you feel more free, less concerned and ultimately better at competing, relationships, workouts and life.
I like the quote stated this way —> “Easy choice, harder life. Hard choice, easier life.”
The benefits of doing what’s uncomfortable are bigger than any amount of benefit you’re getting from trying to stay comfortable by taking the easier route.
Keep practicing whatever is tough for you, and you’ll keep flourishing.
Action Step: Try one small thing today that feels hard for you today.