Hard things version 3.0…

“Life is difficult.” M. Scott Peck

“Pain is inevitable. Misery is a choice.” CES

“Life is struggle.” Karl Marx

“Life is suffering.” Buddha

“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.” Jesus

All righty then, I guess we can pretty much agree on the notion that life is hard. You and I will know we’ve made some semblance of peace when we begin to find joy in doing hard things well. You can do what is easy now, and life will eventually get hard. You can do what is hard now, and eventually life will get easier – eventually you will learn to do hard things well. Pain is inevitable. Misery is a choice. You choose. Your choices have consequences.

Remember, when overwhelmed, we tend to wait too long. We freeze kinda like so many executives in corner offices right below the strike zone in the Twin Towers back on 9/11. Many rescuing firefighters literally knocked leaders out of their plush, high back chairs and jolted them out of their frozen in fear state. When the unthinkable happens, we tend to sit. Today, during practice 15 with a team kinda overwhelmed in our BTL team practice, young Rory heard through the noise and clangor of ideas and tied the thought that started practice to the one that ended it. He wasn’t sure he had it in him but he took a shot at it, anyway. He choose to do. Most hard things are not nearly as hard once we start doing something about ’em. Slow down and reflect, friend.

What kinda choices are you making? Did you choose to do the hard thing in front of you or push it off on another? Did you choose to do the hard thing with your problem? Did you choose to do the hard thing with your wife? Did you choose to do the hard thing with your team? Did you choose to do the hard thing with your life? Slow down and reflect, friend.

Wanna learn to do hard things well? Start doing them poorly now. Do hard things. Good…

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