Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Because It's Easier

                 A dream does not become reality through magic;
                  it takes sweat, determination and hard work.
~Colin Powell

It seems as if our society has been conditioned to believe that if it’s easy, it’s worth doing, but
if it’s difficult, why bother. The media bombards us with ads showing us how to cut corners
and get results easily.
• Lose pounds and inches! No dieting involved—take this magic pill before bedtime, and
   the pounds will simply melt away.
• Get a college degree from the comfort of your home with little or no studying involved.
It doesn’t get much easier than that. And all that conditioning for the easy way out really shows. 
For example, last week at the gym, I watched as some members did their exercise routines using
a minimum amount of weight. I finally asked one member why, after a year, she hadn’t
added more weight to her routine. Her response was that adding more weight was hard.
Continuing to use the minimum weight was easier.
Recently, I was working with a student who wanted to know which classes she should take.
I laid out some choices for her, and she wanted to know which classes were the easiest
because she didn’t want to spend a lot of time studying.
A few weeks ago, my husband had a physical, and the results of his blood work showed that
his triglycerides were high.  Instead of talking to him about improving his diet, the doctor
gave him a drug to lower his triglycerides. My husband was perfectly happy with this because popping a pill will let him continue his eating habits. It’s just easier.
“Because it’s easier” is the reason we drive instead of walk, change channels with a remote
instead of walking up to the TV, and microwave a frozen dinner instead of actually cooking something fresh.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I don’t want to return to the days before we had so many modern conveniences. I love technology as much as the next person, but I wonder if we haven’t gone overboard a little. It seems that the rule today is ... if it's tough, requires hard work or
takes a long time, we should run and hide. Instead of toughing it out, we settle for what's
• It would be nice to get A's and B's in school, but we don't have to work as hard for a C, and
  that is a passing grade isn't it?

• It would be nice to lose that last 20 pounds, but it’s hard work watching what we eat and
  exercising.  Besides, we don’t look that bad.

• Smoking is hazardous to our health, but those nicotine cravings are real killers, and smoking
  helps us deal with stress. Besides, at the rate the world is going, we’re all going to die well
  before our time anyway.

But doesn’t opting for the easy way stop us from moving forward and growing? Doesn’t it
stop us dead in our tracks because it’s easier to stay where we are than to go in a different
direction? And what if we fail? There’s nothing easy about that! After all, who wants to put
a lot of hard work into something only to have it blow up right before their very eyes?
The fact of the matter is -- life is hard. It’s not for the faint-hearted. Accomplishment takes
work. It’s nice to have things handed to you, but how much are those things really
appreciated? When you have to work for something, you know the cost and you attach
value to it. The easiest way isn’t always the best way. Challenge yourself to shoot for the stars.
~~Weekly Challenge~~
Think about something you put off doing because you thought it was too hard.
Write down all of the steps involved to finish the project. Then start working on the
project step-by-step.
And after you finish each step, reward yourself. You’ll see that each reward makes it easier
to continue.


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