“The right thing to do and the hard thing to do are usually the same.” Steve Maraboli
For me, the hard thing is typically the one thing I know I’m supposed to accomplish that day, but I procrastinate. It’ll be midnight and I’m still avoiding it. Sometimes it’s because of fear, sometimes rebellion, sometimes both.
I organize my clothes by color, take an inventory of my art supplies, and Christmas shop in May to avoid editing a chapter or writing a blog post. I’m active, but not accomplishing much. I’m doing the easy thing instead of the hard thing.
It’s interesting, too, how much easier a blog post is to write when it’s no longer the hard thing I’m supposed to do. The minute my priorities change and editing a chapter bumps writing a blog post to number two, I write the blog post first.
When I used to do my own yard work, it was the hard thing to do until I’d open an email with a writing assignment due in 48 hours. Next thing I knew, mowing the grass and raking a billion live oak leaves seemed manageable. Appealing, actually.
I know I’m not alone because of best sellers like Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy who offers 21 ways to get more done in less time. Doing the hard thing first is key.
So, why don’t we? That’s what my friends and I talk about instead of doing the hard thing. One of my friends watched me run myself in circles and said, “If you sat yourself down and watched yourself go by, you’d laugh yourself to death.”
It’s laughable until we evaluate the cost. Our example is a wasted one. We often distract someone else at the same time we’re avoiding our own work. Worst of all, the devil celebrates our defiance while God grieves the talents we ignore.
It’s easier to do the hard thing first …
If we’ll flip our outlook and say, “The hard thing is easy when I do it first.”
If we’ll recognize that trying to figure out why we avoid doing the hard thing is another distraction.
And if we’ll do the very first thing first, which is slow down (from the easier things) to pray and ask for God’s help. I took a deep breath typing that sentence.
We’d love to hear from you. Share your tips, trials, and triumphs about doing your hard thing first.
In This Together,