If It Were Easy, Everyone Would Do It…
March 17, 2023 9:00 AM EST | 3 min read
Creating happiness and fulfillment requires hard work; if it were easy, everyone would do it.
Everyone seems to want a shortcut to success.
People want to achieve their goals without pushing themselves and getting uncomfortable.
Here are a few examples:
- Lose weight the easy way!
- 6 easy core exercises you can do at home!
- Running is easy with this plan!
- Try this recipe for an easy dinner for the whole family!
If it were easy, everyone would do it…
The word “easy” is thrown around haphazardly, especially in the wellness field.
As a Health Coach, I aim to make things easier for my clients, but this doesn’t mean they are easy.
I replace the word “easy” with “simple.”
A high-intensity interval workout is a simple concept – short intense intervals followed by a recovery interval – but definitely not easy!
Chili may be a simple recipe, but preparing dinner for your family isn’t easy, especially with a full-time job!
Yet, we often hear hundreds of “easy” tips to enhance your mood, fitness, diet, and life.
This frustrates many people when they can’t make these “easy tips” easily fit into their routine.
“If it was easy, everyone would do it,”
…is a statement uttered but not really considered when things are tough.
Today, we want everything to be quick and easy
If it’s an inconvenience, it’s unlikely to happen, and if there’s an easier way, we’ll take it.
But, with what really matters – family, friends, career, wellness, etc., there are no shortcuts, no easy buttons.
Therefore, it’s so impressive when someone makes a big life change!
Whether switching careers, ending a relationship, training for a marathon, or improving your eating habits, the steps you take may be simple in concept but tough to do.
And that’s OK!
When I quit my job and followed my passion, I questioned if it was the right move.
If I could get clients, write weekly posts, and learn the aspects of running a business.
But when I allowed myself to be scared and recognized that these were the exact reasons many people never pursue a dream, things didn’t seem as daunting.
I allowed it to be tough, and didn’t give in to the fear of feeling uneasy.
A client returned after a few months’ break from getting married and work travel.
About halfway through our workout, she said, “This is tough! It’s so much harder than it should be!”
I knew what she meant.
She had built a great base when we last worked together, and after losing some fitness, this workout was more challenging than it would have been previously.
So I asked her, “Wouldn’t it be weird if today was easy?”.
Getting back on track after a fitness slump is one of the hardest things to do.
It’s why many people regain weight they’ve lost.
If getting back into a fitness routine was easy, everyone would do it.
Accepting the fact that things are difficult can apply to any situation
When you feel overwhelmed and defeated, repeat to yourself, “if this were easy, everyone would do it,” and apply it specifically to your situation.
When you feel something is tough, know it’s not because you aren’t strong.
Recognize that what you’re doing is hard, and you are a badass for forging ahead anyhow!
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