Does hard work really pay off so you can get the results you’re looking for?
We live in a culture that values struggle.
It doesn’t take a long time scrolling IG to find someone preaching about “the grind.”
Or maybe someone trying to inspire you by saying that you can do hard things (that’s what he said. Sorry couldn’t help myself lol).
Even the language that we use in every day life is interesting …
Accomplishments always seem to take “blood, sweat, and tears.”
Important goals were “hard-earned.”
We value a “hard day’s work” instead of just a day’s work.
On the flip side, there’s a negative connotation around concepts like “easy money.”
The phrase “that’s easy for you to say” is often hurled as a criticism for someone who just doesn’t “get it.”
I’m guilty of falling into this trap.
You’ve probably heard me saying things like …
This won’t be easy, but the results will be worth it.
Or … just because it’s going to be really difficult, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do it.
Getting the results you want doesn’t have to be difficult.
As you look at the implied context here, it’s like some universal agreement that the “right” way is inevitably the harder option.
Why isn’t this ever questioned?
What if the very thing that’s holding us back from getting the results we’re looking for is the assumption that they have to come with excessive effort and struggle?
Could it be possible that the reason it feels so hard is because we haven’t found the easier way yet??
Shout out to JK for opening my eyes to this concept.
The above is my recap of an excerpt he sent me from a book called “Effortless” by George McKeown.
And it was an immediate slap in the face.
More like a wake up call.
My first thought was about my business.
I constantly feel that if I’m not drowning, stressed out, or struggling then I’m doing something wrong.
Like it’s always supposed to be difficult.
Then, I thought about our clients.
Often times they feel like getting results should be really hard because if it’s not … then there’s no way it can possibly work.
Our nutrition coaching program can teach you the easiest way to get sustainable results.
It’s funny because I’ve been showing people the easy way for a long time now and this really opened my eyes to why it’s often met with resistance.
For example, we’ve helped a lot of people who were previous doing a macro-based program where they felt married to the numbers.
It wasn’t good enough to just track their food. They needed to be dead on accurate every single day and for good measure they had to obsess about additional numbers like grams of sugar and sodium.
Their brains were constantly on overdrive. Obsessing and stressing. But it’s really hard so it must be worth it, right??
Wrong. Why don’t we ever think to question that logic?
In our nutrition coaching program, we help them pull back. Increase flexibility. Remove the obsession with every little number and trying to be perfect.
And once they realize that it can be infinitely easier … their body starts to change.
The same can be said about our clients who feel like they need to beat themselves up at the gym each day.
They’re doing CrossFit 6 days per week or Orange Theory 7 days.
If they take a rest day they feel bad about it.
We help them sleep a little more, rest a little more, and chill the fuck out … and their body starts to change.
Here’s the thing … life is hard enough.
I do agree that doing difficult things is important to build resilience.
Most things in life are already difficult … Keep it simple and make life easier for yourself!
You don’t think sitting on your ass all day is difficult? How about when your health deteriorates and you can barely climb up the steps without getting winded?
Life does a good enough job of making things hard. We don’t need to unnecessarily add more struggle on top of that.
The easy path of just doing some basic habits like walking, drinking water, eating more protein and veggies, working out 3-4x/week, sleeping, and trying to reduce stressors is all you need.
You don’t need the added stress of trying to be perfect. You don’t need the added stress of beating yourself up if you take a rest day. You don’t need the added stress of following some insanely restrictive diet that removes all joy and freedom from your life.
Maybe it’s time we challenge the pre-existing belief that the harder way is immediately more worthwhile.
The solution may be as simple as embracing simplicity. It may feel hard because you haven’t found the easier path yet.
Think of it like this … if I’m playing baseball and trying to hit a 100 mph fastball, I’ve already got my work cut out for me.
Do I really need to step up to the plate with one arm tied behind my back because “harder” is inherently more valuable?
Of course not.
Let life throw curveballs as it always does.
Don’t be the one who tries to hit them with a blindfold on.
Ok, I’ll give up on the analogies for now.
Just keep things simple. Make life easier on yourself.
This is a reminder for me as well. A timely one for myself.
Hopefully this resonates with you as much as it did for me.
Simple. Easy. Less effort.
Those aren’t bad words.
They might be the solution you’re looking for.