Quite honestly, there are days that I just don’t want to do what I know I need to do. It’s not because I’m having a bad day. It’s not because I’m overwhelmed. I just don’t want to! I’d rather curl up on the couch and chill out with a Netflix marathon!
It’s funny because I make commitments to myself to do what needs to be done. We all have things that we have to do. We have to go to work. We have to feed our kids. We have to pay our bills. But sometimes…. Sometimes, I just want to be a child and watch T.V.
Well, I’m not a child and neither are you. Sometimes, we have to do the hard thing – the thing we don’t want to do.
We could choose to blow it off. BUT – it won’t get us to our goals.
I love me some Chuck Norris. He’s smart, fit, outspoken, grounded. Here’s a quote from his foreword in the book, Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris.
“Today we live in a culture that promotes comfort, not challenges. Everything is about finding ways to escape hardship, avoid pain and dodge duty. In the past, young people [insert, people in general here] were expected to make significant contributions to society. Today, our culture expects very little from teens [insert, people in general here too!] ….. “A sad consequence of such low expectations is that life-changing lessons go unlearned.”
When you choose to not do the hard thing, you’re choosing a lackadaisical life filled with dreams lost.
But what about if I’m doing the best I can?
Well, here’s another:
“The common phrase, ‘Just do your best,’ actually encourages the opposite. When someone says, “Just do your best,” are you inspired to reach for more? Or does it feel like permission to just get by? We say, “Hey, I did my best.” But did we really? More likely what we mean is, “Hey, I gave it a shot and that’ll have to be good enough.” – Alex & Brett Harris
Those who could do a lot better or tackle a much bigger challenge, seldom do when they’re already “good enough” by other people’s standards.
That’s kind of hard to hear, yes? We may take that as an identity attack that we’re not good enough. But, if that’s the case, if we really did do our best, it wouldn’t bother us.
Truth is, when we’re told to “just do your best,” do we raise the bar? Or do we just “give it a shot” and live in mediocracy?
Do you look at it as a challenge to do better then what you think you can? Or do you look at it as a pass to get by?
When you’re presented with doing your hard thing, I challenge you to suck it up! Do it even if you don’t want to!
It won’t kill you. As a matter of fact, it will propel you toward your goal in life. It will propel you to do better in every area of your life because you met a challenge and you rose above it.
It’s in doing the hard things that we become better versions of ourselves. It’s in doing the hard things that we, not only change our lives but those lives around us. We encourage them to do the hard things. We encourage them to overcome their challenges. We encourage them to go farther then they think they can go.
It’s a mind game where you lose if you play.
If you don’t do the hard thing today, it’s going to be that much harder to do it tomorrow. The longer you wait, the harder it becomes until if feels like an impossible task.
Do the hard thing. Reach your dreams. Meet the challenge.
– Rebecca Massey