Choose your hard.
Choose your challenge.
Choose your discomfort.
No matter how you slice it —this experience of life on Earth will come with a degree of hard:
In fact —the pursuit of ‘easy’ is precisely why so many people are lost.
Humans are designed to seek challenge, to chase a compelling horizon, be knocked sideways and adapt to a new normal.
And so in reading Steven Kotler’s new book, I came across this line:
As far as I can tell, the only thing more difficult than the emotional toil of pursuing true excellence…is the emotional toil of not pursuing true excellence.
Let me tell you want most ‘influencers’ and ‘coaches’ are unwilling to say:
And yet, it’s also riveting, beautiful, inspiring —and what will bring you to your knees.
(In a good way.)
My question for you is:
If it’s going to be hard —why not choose the hard that makes you most alive?
Because sure, taking the path of least resistance may be a little easier now:
On a long enough timeline, the ‘easy’ way becomes the hard way as David Kekich said in his credo’s:
Life’s easy when you live it the hard way… and hard if you try to live it the easy way.
I’ll tell you what’s hard:
Waking up to the pain of untapped potential.
Waking up to realize you chose the safest path.
Waking up without a pulse, a reason to be alive.
Waking up at 83 knowing you missed your shot.
Waking up in regret and ‘what could have been.’
Waking up to give your best days freely to others.
As Susan David, Harvard Psychologist says:
Discomfort is the price to pay for a meaningful life.
So if you’re out there chasing something that scares you, that you’re unsure you’re able to bring to life —that tests you every day:
Lean in, double down and burn the damn boats.
This is what you signed up for.
This is what will bring you alive.
This is what you said you wanted.
Because others said they wanted it too —and guess what?
The moment it got hard, they bailed and justified their excuses.
They turned their back on their desire and surrounded themselves with other people who did the same.
And by the way, if you’re chasing hard —don’t surround yourself with people chasing easy:
They’ll talk you out of it.
They’ll tell you to play it safe
They’ll tell you to be ‘realistic.’
Because deep down —they want less people chasing their dreams because it makes them feel better about themselves.
As Dr. Brene Brown says:
If you’re not in the arena getting your ass kicked, I’m not interested in your feedback.
So, let me ask you, reading this:
Which hard will you choose?
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