Stop Looking for an Easy Road (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 102)
(30 Things To Stop Spending Time On If You Want to Be Successful #11)
“If you take the shortcut to success, you will end up getting lost.”
— John Di Lemme
I want to start off by saying that there is no certain amount of trouble, adversity, or pain that you have to go through before you become successful. All of that is inevitable anyway. I am saying that successful people do not avoid hardship. They do not spend time looking for an easier road or for the easy things they can do.
If you spend (more like waste) time on looking for an easy way out of difficulty, you cannot expect to grow. Growth is a necessary requirement for success. Becoming a stronger, better, wiser person is not the result when your focus is on finding Highway Easy. Nobody wants to work nowadays. Everybody want the easy this and quick that.
Forget about all that. It really doesn’t matter what it is. Your career, your education, your exercise regime, your relationships, even your hobbies — none of them will grow if you are always looking for effortless, painless, unchallenging, trouble-free. Improvement takes work. Making progress will never happen by doing less than you know you can.
Cruise control is not a destination. Strolling through life like you’re walking through a tulip garden is not a blueprint for success. Successful people will tell you that there will be times when you need to challenge yourself. You will need to take risks and be willing to go it alone. Not everybody is going to want to go with you or agree with you. At those times, it is all the more necessary to push yourself forward and pop the band around your limits.
Easy is almost always never better. Your success will be equal to how much you are willing to work. Those who work hard receive a bigger payoff than those who don’t. The path of least resistance is the same path that the crowd takes. You don’t have to take that path. There are consequences to every decision. At the end of “the road less traveled” is often a brighter view.
Anybody can choose to take the unchallenging path and give up, but real strength comes from deciding to push on no matter what. If you look for easy, you will miss out on too much. When you want something bad enough, you will do whatever it takes to get it. Issues often present themselves because we deny it, avoid it, or lie about it. These are foolish temporary fixes. Problems do not go away on there own. They go away when we choose to face them, deal with them, learn from them, and move on.
Someone once said, “A ship in the harbor is safe. But that’s not what ships are built for.” Life is made to be lived from cover to cover, start to finish, beginning to end, no excuses, period, end of story. The easy road usually leads right back to where we started. You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest goal, live out your complete purpose, and you were given everything you need to overcome and operate from a standpoint of courage and confidence.
Life is not a rehearsal. You don’t get all the time you want to do things over. Success comes when you refuse to give up. Nobody is obligated to drop it into your lap. You have to do the classwork and the homework. There is no such thing as a shortcut to success. There isn’t even a secret to success. If you aren’t willing to take the long road which often is hard and littered with the aftermath of a tornado, then you will arrive at a dead end.
When your goals are strong and your focus is solid, you don’t have time to look for an easy road. You are content to let obstacles set themselves up where they want and failure comes and walks beside you because it is all motivation for the journey. You can’t fool your life. You can do enough to just get by and you will receive rewards that are commensurate with your effort. Instead of searching for easy, embrace the path set before you. Take it. Own it. The struggle is what makes success sweet.
“Be ready to pay the price when you take the short cut in life.”