If you are like me, I don’t want to do the hard things. I like to do the enjoyable things. If something isn’t enjoyable, then I at least want it to be easy. Agree?
Here’s the truth.
The enjoyable things often aren’t very helpful. And the easy things usually don’t provide a lot of return for our time.
The ability to make yourself do the hard things is a big determiner of how successful you’ll be.
- Squats are hard. Leg extensions are easy. Guess which is more effective for strengthening your legs.
- Cold calling expired listings is hard. Holding an open house is easy. Guess which is more effective for making money as a real estate agent.
- Sweeping a floor is easy. Scrubbing a floor on your hands and knees is hard. You already know which is going to clean your floor more effectively.
Ready To Get The Most Out of Doing Hard Things?
1. You have more energy and focus early in the day. It’s easier to do challenging things earlier in the day. You’re more effective at 9:00 AM than you are at 3:00 PM. Attack the hard thing when you’re fresh. It’s only going to be more challenging later in the day.
2. You can spend more time on the hard thing. If you wait until later to do the hard thing, you might run out of time to complete it. Since the hard thing is often the most important thing, you should spend enough time on it to complete it.
3. The rest of the day is more enjoyable. If you have something unpleasant hanging over your head all day, you just can’t enjoy the day as much. Get the hard thing off your plate, so you can enjoy the remainder of your day.
4. It builds self-esteem and confidence. Everyone else avoids the hard things. Be that person that attacks them. You’ll fee great about your self and know you can do anything that needs to be done.
Your potential increases greatly when you can reliably get yourself to do unenjoyable tasks.
5. It can help your career. Once you’re known as the person that can do the hard things, you’ll be highly respected and considered reliable. Most people have excuses for not doing the hard thing.
6. Avoid thinking too much about it. It’s best to get started on your hard thing without spending too much time thinking about it. It’s like eating the frog. Just eat it. You don’t want to stare at it all day. The frog only becomes bigger and uglier over time.
7. Decide what your “frog” is for the day. The night before, determine what your most awful task is for the next day. Schedule it as early in the day as possible. When the time comes, attack that frog with everything you’ve got.
Some tasks are just unpleasant. And just plain hard.
There are even unpleasant tasks which provide little value but must be done. It’s best to get your unpleasant tasks done as soon as possible.
If you can reliably do the hard things first, you’ll find that you’re much more successful. You’ll also be happier, because you won’t have to stress or anxiety about those hard things.
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Loretta Holmes, M.A. CMHWC is the owner of Bella Coaching Services with a passion for cycling. When she’s not at the office, you can find Loretta exploring roads on her Cannondale bike or maybe on Instagram where she likes to post about her golden doodles, Riley and Stella @anxiety.loves.company. Alternatively, try her email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and she’ll probably shoot back a list of her favorite blogs.