I once heard a quote in a movie that has stuck with me. I saw the movie about 5 years ago. I think it was Weatherman, which I don’t recommend, but nonetheless I loved the quote. It was “the hard thing and the right thing are usually the same thing.” How true is that?!?!
Let’s dig a little deeper. Think about it. Working out is hard work, but it’s the right thing to do. Hard thing=right thing, check. Eating healthy is harder than not eating unhealthy, but it’s the right thing to do. Hard thing=right thing, check. Sticking with your word is sometimes a very hard thing to do, but it’s the right thing to do. Hard thing, right thing…okay you get the point. Doing the hard work in these areas really pays off:
1. Work - Working hard is the right thing to do and it feels good. It feels good to work really hard at something and see the outcome. Whether it’s your 9-5 job, your hobby, your new business idea, or your goals. The easy (and wrong) thing to do is do nothing, waste time, goof off, procrastinate. All of those things may feel “good” for an instant, but true satisfaction that lasts comes from doing the hard work. Delayed gratification is SO much better than instant.
2. Parenting – Parenting is hard work. Period. It’s hard to be consistent and stay on your kids about the important things. Sometimes you just want to give in because you are tired, or it’s easier. I get it, I am a parent. But when you put in the hard work of parenting and show consistency, that is the right thing to do. When your kids are grown up and you are so proud of the adults they have turned into, you will be so glad for the hard work you put in. Another “delayed gratification” example.
3. Healthy Living - How easy is it to sit on the couch and watch TV while eating a bag of chips? Easy. The hard thing to do is to get up off the couch, go for a walk or run and eat an apple instead. The way you feel after walking/running and eating an apply completely outweighs the temporary satisfaction of eating those chips and being stimulated for a few minutes by the TV. After the chip-eating TV watching you will more than likely feel miserable or guilty. The “up” turns to a “down” quickly.
See the pattern….get it in your mind that the hard thing and the right thing are the same thing and you will see things differently. Life is hard. But when you give it your all, the satisfaction of the outcomes is exponentially better than any instant gratification you feel from putting it off!