Let’s talk about the concept of easy. It is an insidious thought. That if it isn’t easy, fast and painless,
that it isn’t going to work. This is
where I feel like “The Secret” got it wrong.
Remember the scene where the guy was driving the car from his armchair,
then he got the car? But what about the
middle part? What about all the things
he acted upon to get to that point? The
middle is where the real secret is.
I posit that if it is easy, that you weren’t dreaming big enough? Maybe you need a bigger challenge if it was
that easy? Something that comes easily
does us a disservice. If we get
something easily, it does not train us for the next task and it certainly
doesn’t require us to develop new skills.
Can we flip the script on easy and say that if we do hard things, it
gives us the strength to improve, and keep going, and develop confidence in
ourselves? This is where the real magic
happens! This is how we make our lives
great. That hard things are actually a
good sign because it helps us become stronger, more capable people?
Elizabeth Gilbert offers us the concept of
a Shit Sandwich in her book Big Magic. Any given creative endeavor comes with
its own flavour of shit sandwich. When
you love your art so much you are willing to eat the shit sandwich in order to
continue to play in its arena, that’s when you know you are on the right path. Even though its not all sandwich so to speak,
you have to figure out how to enjoy it as a part of the process. Or at very least, not let it derail you from
accomplishing what you are working on. This
is so relevant to LOA. Each goal will
have its own Shit Sandwich. And tackling
the shit as part of the puzzle of bringing the goal into reality is when you
know you are operating in that zone of genius.
That zone of creation. As far as I’m concerned, Big Magic should be
required reading if you want to live a life of greatness. It has so many profound gems.
We may reframe bad things to make them more
tolerable, which I fully recommend BTW.
I suggest that you learn how to relish hard days. Count the win, that you came out of it alive,
maybe a little tarnished, but alive.
Lessons learned, forgiveness extended, progress made. Maybe minor progress, but this day, the hard
one, is what prepared you for the challenges tomorrow. So, choose to tell a different story about
easy and hard. Because the stories we
tell our self about our days, become the stories we tell about our life. What are you repeating? What are you practicing? Are you practicing the story that you killed
it problem solving your day? That you
learned from situations and mistakes? Or
are you telling the story of woe and victimhood. Have you had a hard life or a great
life? Did the problems of the past make
you who you are today, or did they bury your confidence, light and joy? Its not too late to fix that story in case
you were wondering. There is no statute
of limitations on telling yourself a better story about your past, whether that
was one minute ago, or a lifetime ago.