Our nature has us, most of the time, taking the easiest route available.
I mean, life is hard enough, right?
Intellectually we understand the long-term benefits of doing the work now, but do we really think about what happens if we neglect to put in that effort? I don’t think we do.
The dramatic effect of today’s habits on our long-term happiness makes it worth a closer look.
Many years ago, I had to give myself a good talking to. I’m a master procrastinator you see. I was trying to find the motivation to do the things I knew I should do but didn’t really want to do when I discovered this philosophy;
I started to consider what my future would look like if I did or did not do a particular thing. The results were enlightening. Somehow the idea of being better wasn’t as motivating to me as the reality of being much worse. I didn’t want to turn into a fluffy, weak sloth with a turnip for a brain.
And Voilà I had my motivation.
Let me give you some examples of hard now or harder later;
HARD Now / HARDER Later
Teaching our kids strong values / They become turds
Eating healthy / Having chronic health issues
Exercising / Being weak and immobile
Saving $ / Being Poor
Nurturing your marriage / Having a miserable marriage or divorcing
Taking the time with our family / We end up distanced and without
Honestly, looking at the alternative, doing the hard thing now doesn’t really seem that hard does it?
Contrary to our typical attitude, we do NOT have all the time in the world. The little things we do or don’t do every day will eventually work for us or against us.
Visualize your life in 10 and 20 years. Seriously! Close your eyes and picture your ideal future.
Mine involves playing with my grandchildren, traveling, continuing all the outdoor activities I enjoy and remaining healthy and vibrant.
It’s TRUE! It gets EASIER!
We DO NOT need to work on EVERYTHING all at once.
We have established in previous blogs that sustainable progress comes step by step, we can do this a piece at a time. Pick an area or two in your life you know needs improvement and take small steps in a positive direction.
Here are some ideas;
AREA —– ACTION
Kids —– Take each on a date night with you. Play a game with them or have a sing-along.
Health —– Eliminate the worst thing you’re putting in your body. Eat more vegetables, protein or drink more water. Start exercising.
Career —– Improve specific skill or ability. Consider how you can make yourself more valuable.
Marriage —– Write a thoughtful note or give a small gift. Do something thoughtful. Look for ways to compliment and appreciate more.
I believe 2 things hold us back from accomplishing AWESOMENESS.
- We are overwhelmed by the big picture, so we don’t even start.
- We doubt ourselves.
So, what’s the solution?
- Do one little thing every day. Before you know it, you’ll look back and be amazed at how far you’ve come. I dare you.
- STOP THAT! Remember the 3:1 Method. Every time you think a negative thought replace it with 3 positives. YOU GOT THIS!
Some of the things I struggled getting on board with are, meal prepping, social media and learning new software & technologies. Some of that is pretty funny considering all my work centers around health and wellness.
Like everything else, once you give it a try it’s not so bad. Mess with it a little longer and it becomes a piece of cake and you recognize how much easier and less stressful your life is because of a little preparation. It’s awesome.
I’ve had to remind myself constantly that if we’re not moving forward we’re falling back. There is no standing still! I absolutely believe that. It is more obvious the older you get.
For me, the choice is:
- To become a fluffy lump plagued with chronic disease as I get dumber and dumber OR
- Remain healthy, strong and active as I strut into my twilight years.
We can make the decision or it can be made for us but rest assured, IT WILL BE MADE.
HARD now = AWESOME later
EASY now = HARDER later
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If we put in the work now the payoff is huge!
Now GO and CONQUER your world!