What To Do First When It’s Hard

The hard stuff is usually depicted in movies and other media as some kind of grueling, physical test of will.

It’s a race, or a hockey game, or a POW camp.

While this can be true for some things, it’s usually not.

More likely, the hard stuff is something social, emotional, or psychological.

Usually, the hard stuff is just simply: the thing you’re avoiding.

It doesn’t have to look hard. It just has to make you feel like you’d like to avoid it.

If you’re afraid of it, that’s probably a good sign that you’ve sniffed out the hard stuff successfully.

So what do you do?

Stop me if it’s obvious by now . . .

Break it into smaller pieces and then do the first one as soon as you start your day.

Building a habit of small actions will accumulate like compounding interest.

2 Minute Action:

What’s the thing you’re dreading doing today?

Do it right now.

You might not be able to do the whole thing in 2 minutes, and that’s fine.

Just start.

Putting your shorts on is generally the hardest part of going to the gym.

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