The Easy Road


February 18, 2010...

"I'll do it tomorrow." I've said it in my life a lot.

"I'm can wait." Yeah...I've liked that one a few times, too.

"Oh...what's one more day?" That's a good one, too, isn't it?


They makes us feel better for a moment, but get to used to using them and they can wage war on your goals and success.

It is so easy to submit to the inclination to do the less challenging or demanding task, isn't it? But wouldn't it be nice if we developed the inclination to always do the one thing that truly is the best for us at any given moment?

Why is it our inclination to take the easy road? Well, that's a no-brainer really.

Taking the easy road requires less thinking. Taking the easy road demands less energy. Taking the easy road requires less willpower. And often, taking the HIGH road (the more productive, positive, and valuable road) isn't as appealing as watching Entertainment Tonight.

But that's just our brain trying to convince us that the Kate Hudson interview has more value than doing something to positively move us forward. It doesn't matter if it's starting the laundry, reading a self-help book...or working on your own book. Whatever goal YOU have...whatever productive activity that will give you a feeling of accomplishment and that moment, we get convinced it's okay to let it slide.

But is it really? What do we truly gain by taking the easy out at any moment?

I'll tell you.

1. Take the easy road once, and we make it easier every time that follows to take that same path. Follow that route too many times and your life ends up being filled talking about other's success rather than living your own success.

2. Take the easy road, and we begin to get comfortable setting a low bar for ourselves in life. We stay in first grade forever.

3. Take the easy road, and we begin to lose faith in ourselves in being able to take on really big life goals. Why should we go after a big goal? Our brain knows that our weak day-to-day discipline is going to stop us from achieving it why start? Our brain tries its best to soften the disappointment blow so it convinces us for the moment that we really do care what Kate's wardrobe evolution has been for the last seven years.

So...and I write this to me...for me (You can jump on in and claim the challenge, too, if you'd like.): "Don't you really...truly...unhesitatingly...deserve the very best?"

Funny thing is, when I ask myself that question, I see everything more clearly. The question brings me back to total self-awareness...and the now. And it makes moving past the current tiredness much, much easier.

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Shawn Anderson                                                 (310) 402-4826