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The thing with knowledge is that it can decay if left ignored--and that goes for anything. Just because you did it once does not mean it won’t happen again. Or just because you were once great at something does not mean you will forever be great at it. Everything in life takes practice.
Some of the hardest life lessons repeat themselves over and over again, and it’s on each and every one of us to be reflective enough to witness them happening in the moment–so that this time around a different decision can be made.
1. The “Easy” Road Ends Up Being More Difficult
This is probably one of the earliest “big” lessons we learn early on.
Whenever something seems too good to be true, it usually is. Handouts don’t happen. Free things aren’t really free. As one of my mentors would say, “If you tell me quick and easy, I think long and difficult.”
The reason a path looks “easy” is because it hides its difficulties in plain sight. And you choose the easy road because you did not take the time to really understand what it was you were looking at. Sometimes we do this on accident, sometimes we do it on purpose (despite all the red flags we may or may not want to acknowledge). But regardless, the lesson is one we all have to learn time and time again–the “easy” road is rarely easy. In fact, it usually ends up being more difficult than if you had just done things the right way from the beginning.
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2. The Roller Coaster Of Love Needs A Speed Limit
A lot of people have trouble with this one.
You know those relationships that start out a million miles an hour? The ones where you stay locked in their apartment for 3 days straight staring into each other’s eyes? The ones where you start talking about spending your whole lives together after only three months? Those loves are hot, and fiery, and full of passion.
They’re also usually the first to go crashing into a wall and exploding into a million pieces.
Love is a roller coaster–and it’s supposed to be. But one of the hardest lessons to learn is how to apply brakes to that roller coaster. You need to know when to speed up and when to slow down. When to go all in and when to pull back and take things slow.
Because the truth is, without at least some brakes on that train, it’s going to go faster, and faster, and faster, and you’re going to skip all the little things you needed to learn and acknowledge about each other along the way. And by the time those things matter, it will be too late.
3. Small Daily Habits Are More Important Than Big Infrequent Home Runs
Anyone can talk the talk. Not many people can walk the walk.
A terrible habit quite a few people fall into is believing that “one day” it’ll all come together. What does that even mean, “one day?” What are you going to do, wake up and find yourself in a $5M mansion with two Ferraris parked outside? What, is it just going to “appear” out of nowhere?
“One day” is today. “One day” is right now. You’re not going to “be patient one day.” You’re going to be patient NOW. You’re not going to “start doing things differently one day.” You’re going to start doing things differently NOW. You’re not going to “finally make it work one day.” You’re going to make it work right NOW.
Big leaps happen by adding lots of tiny steps up over a long period of time. If you think you can skip that process, you’re wrong. Whatever it is you want to become, become that to the best of your ability right now. Whatever it is you want to do, do that to the best of your ability right now. In weightlifting we would call this“training until failure.”
Every day, everything you do, train until failure.