The Truth About Doing Hard Things16:18
Today I’m tired. Today I don’t feel like sitting down and writing a blog post. I’d much rather be sitting by a fan, drinking ice cold water and relaxing. As much as I would love to be the perfect blogger who is always ready with a post and has boundless energy for keeping up with things in the blogosphere, I’m not. Sometimes I just want to be lazy.
It’s ok to be lazy sometimes. Everyone needs quiet time to rest and recharge their batteries. Despite the world telling us that we always need to be busy, we need to schedule in time to sit still and just be. But equally, sometimes we need to stop being lazy and just do the hard things. It’s not easy. I’ve had so many times when I’ve wanted to put off writing a blog post or cleaning my desk for just one more day. But I was thinking about all the hard things I’ve done, all the times I’ve pushed myself to do something I really haven’t wanted to do and I realised something.
I have never regretted doing hard things.
I have never regretted taking two or more hours out of my day to practice the piano for my upcoming exam. I have never regretted finishing editing a uni assignment instead of messing around online. I have never regretted writing a blog post when I wanted to relax instead. Sure, I haven’t wanted to do these things, but I’ve never regretted doing them either.
You know what I have regretted? Wasting time on Facebook instead of working on my book. Going shopping instead of studying. Missing posting on my blog because I wanted to watch the TV instead of writing a post. I’ve regretted doing a whole heap of easy things that I chose to do instead of doing what really needed to be done.
Sometimes the hard things seem like too much trouble to do. The easy option is always so attractive. And sometimes it’s ok to take time out for yourself. Resting is important to. But when it comes to a choice between doing something you really need to or putting it off for another day, remember that you’re never going to regret the energy you put into doing the hard things. So if you’re having trouble finding motivation to do what needs to be done, ask yourself “What would I most regret not doing?”
Today I’m doing the hard thing and writing this blog post. What hard things are you doing?
Today’s post was inspired by browsing the amazing blog of James Clear. It’s got loads of tips for good habits, productivity, and health. You should definitely check it out.