The Manifesto Of Hard (2/31) — Don’t Prepare

This post is part of a series of posts based on my Manifesto Of Hard. If you want to create change in your life, embrace hardship and thrive in it. That’s what I’m studying this month, and this post shares some of those findings with you…

The Manifesto Of Hard tells us that hardship is okay, and that we need to step into the storm and embrace it rather than flee from it.

And in yesterday’s post, I talked about the importance of preparing yourself against hardship to help mitigate some of the challenging effects that occur when you face hardship.

Yet in today’s post, I’m going to confound things by giving you exactly the opposite advice!

The reason is: we need to be somewhat prepared to face hardship but it is possible to prepare too much. When we’re overprepared, a couple things happen:

  • We may overprepare and thus eliminate hardship altogether, which goes against the “sharpening” benefit of it
  • We may miss current opportunities or delay current success by focusing so much on an imagined future
  • We may get caught up in “analysis paralysis” and never willingly enter hardship and challenge because we’re trying to get ready for it

I see all of these a lot, especially the third one.

The benefit of challenging hardship is to keep ourselves sharp; therefore we need to prepare somewhat for hardship but we also need to allow ourselves to be in the moment and embrace the risks and challenges as they come.

There is no secret formula for how much or how little to prepare. Just put some pieces in place and then step into that storm confidently—start that business, travel to unknown places, meet that person, try that thing, stretch yourself… leap into the unknown even if you only see a few feet in front of you.

(See the original Manifesto Of Hard and check out all related posts about the Manifesto Of Hard.)