“All things are difficult before they are easy.” – Thomas Fuller


Profound, right? The trick here is how to cross that line dividing “easy” from “difficult”.

One simple answer – only doing gets it done. Okay, easier said than done – until you do it – then you work out how to do it better!

Remember when we looked at “perfect practice”, about doing something until you get it right? At first, especially when learning a new skill, most of the time it will feel difficult, unless you have a natural aptitude for it.

But even then, perfecting that skill can be a challenge……until you get it……then new types of “difficult” appear, such as keeping your skill level up when things change, what Stephen Covey calls, “keeping your saw sharp”. The more you practise, the easier it should be.

There’s plenty of other advice in this column around what to do when the doing does not generate the desired outcome, such as how to approach and redefine ‘failure’. Tony Robbins’ strategy to success is, when your goal isn’t achieved, change your strategy until it is.

Sometimes though, “difficult” is merely a state of mind. Embrace the challenges, even look forward to them, knowing that at times it’ll be harder than others. Always approaching them with positivity instead, in the belief you will get through them, motivated by envisaging your success, increases greatly the chances of them being easier.

What are you finding “difficult” today? The task itself, or how you perceive it? How can you make it easier for yourself, or go easier on yourself, and still achieve the same success?  

Love and light,

Jim Sharman



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