There are only two choices in life.
- Do nothing.
- “I’m tired”
- “I’m burned out”
- “I can’t”
- Do something hard.
- “It’s good for me!”
- “Suffering builds character!”
- “I need discipline!”
- “I have to”
- “I should”
- Do something easy.
- “No way!”
- “This counts?”
- “But it’s so much fun!”
- “This is so easy!”
You’re like, “but wait, that’s three things!”
Because 1 = 2. Telling yourself to do something hard is the same thing as telling yourself to do nothing at all. Why? Because either:
- You never do hard stuff, or
- You do do hard stuff (like, once), but you don’t keep doing it
So again: telling yourself to do something hard is the same thing as telling yourself to do nothing at all.
Stop kidding yourself. You’re not gonna do that hard thing. You’re just not. It’s not going to happen, and even it does happen, it won’t keep happening. It’ll happen once, and it’ll hurt so much that it’ll never happen again.
So do something easy instead. Do something small. The smaller the better. The easier the better. The choice is not all or nothing: it’s easy or nothing.