Why is it that doing the thing that matters most can be the hardest thing to do?
I see this people struggle with this frequently. I’m sure the reasons are many, but it always seems to boil down to fear. Fear that it might not work out the way we want, or perhaps fear that we won’t be successful at what we’ve chosen to do.
And the Resistance Monster seems to know this all to well. We get presented with endless distractions that are much easier to do than doing the work that matters most, the work that delivers the important results. As a result, it’s incredibly easy to confuse activity with progress. Doing the easy things is activity, doing the the hard things that matter is how we make progress.
At the end of the day, we know whether we did the work that mattered or we did the things that were easy, but may not matter. A day pursuing what matters leaves us feeling like we are really getting something done, and a day doing the easy things feels like a busy day of wasted effort.
So, every day we must battle to do what matters most and not what’s easy to do. It takes heart, stamina and perseverance to stay on the tasks that matter and to do the things that need to be done to reach our goals.