“I Like Doing Hard Things”
People assume that most people quit when something gets too hard. But we more often quit when something is no longer challenging–when it becomes too easy. Seneca said, ”Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body” and “Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.” In other words, don’t shy away from difficulties and challenges.
It’s surprising how satisfying and fulfilling doing the hard stuff is. The feeling you get right after you surmount a difficult thing is definitely worth chasing. It really is unfortunate how soft we’ve become. We tend to embrace comfort more than we do adversity. This makes sense, though. Why would you wake up early and run 8 miles when it’s so nice under your warm blankets?
I want to encourage you to look at hardships and difficulties as opportunities to strengthen your mind and body. And, if you live a relatively simple life, seek out challenges and push yourself this week. You’ll be happy you did.