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…
Why do people avoid hard things? I think there are 2 reasons:
First, the risks seem too high.
Second, the achievement of whatever the hard thing is seems too daunting.
Given those two challenges, people avoid hardship and default to the easier path.
But the hard thing is often the better thing.
I’ve already talked about how to deal with the risks when facing hardship. But what about the second aspect—achieving the daunting hardship?
The simple solution is also the most profound (yet most people make it more complicated than it needs to be). Simply put: break the hardship down into specific parts, and keep breaking it down into you end up with the simplest steps.
I’m not a football fan but I’m inspired a football coach who coached his team to victory by turning the chaos of sport into discrete and controllable steps. What the coach’s and team’s success revealed was: You can’t control everything but you should identify what you can control and control it.
This valuable strategy works day-in and day-out, regardless of the depth or complexity of the challenge that faces us.
When you’re faced with hardship, what can you control?