Have you ever noticed that sometimes all you need to do to take more effective action is make a subtle shift in your thinking? Understanding the difference between struggle and effort is one of those subtle shifts.
- There’s a big difference between struggling and exerting effort.
- In our culture, we have a tendency to insulate ourselves from uncomfortable experiences.
- If we never learn how to cope with pain (of any kind), we’ll never be able to handle things when life get’s hard (and chances are it will).
- Difficult experiences can give our lives as much (if not more) as enjoyable ones.
- Finding the strength to endure our current challenges helps us prepare for our futures challenges.
- When we lace your actions with emotion and desperation our effectiveness suffers.
- Emotion and desperation only creep in when we are attached to the outcome (and fear losing it).
- We have so much more power when we’re able to hold our center despite what life throws at us.
- Remember, it’s not about what you’re doing. It’s about what you’re becoming.
- The message: Simply detach from the outcome.
- To grow, we must go through pain.
- Pain is inevitable (it’s a physiological event), suffering is optional (it’s a psychological event).
The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong [physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually]” ~ Swami Vivekananda
One Sentence Summary:
Re-framing how we look at something (like what it takes to succeed in life) can make a world of difference in our ability to pick ourselves up and forge on.
Quote of the Week:
There is a great difference between struggle and effort. Our physical condition as humans involves effort, but struggle is effort laced with emotion and desperation.” ~ Stuart Wilde
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life – Mark Manson’s eye opening, thought provoking book about how to improve your life by not trying to improve your life.
- Life Was Never Meant to Be a Struggle, by Stuart Wilde – A quick read that illustrates the difference between struggling and simply taking action.
- Mark Manson’s blog – Make sure you have some serious time set aside to dig into his work — you’re going to need it. It’s really thought-provoking.
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- Just Be It! – Improve your performance and your results in any area of your life quickly and easily!
- The Alchemy of Despair – 17 of the most effective techniques I’ve ever encountered for reclaiming your happiness!
- The Magic of Being – Teach your child how to develop their self-image in a fun, entertaining way!
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