Do the hard thing. Your life will thank you for it.


Do the hard thing.

This is my dinner from last night. Which also happens to look like Mickey Mouses’ head now that I think about it. 

Homemade dinner

There’s nothing particularly special about it. Except that I leaned into the hard thing.

Towards the end of my workday, I realized I had not prepped dinner. I was tired, a little stressed, and the last thing I wanted to do when I got home was making a meal. Taking off my shoes and watching Cobra Kai seemed more appetizing (all the puns intended).

The easy thing would have been to order something. Stop on my way home to pick something up. Or just eat Peanut Butter out of the jar and call it a wrap.

Instead, I got home. Still kicked off my shoes. Still turned on Cobra Kai. But tossed a frozen bag of asparagus into the microwave, and pulled some protein off of a rotisserie chicken. I Threw it in a pan, added some salt, and tossed some seasoning on it that I had.

I could have ordered or picked up something tastier, but this was good enough. I leaned into the hard thing and I’m glad I did. 

When it comes to creating change, building new habits, and identity for yourself, sometimes you’re going to have to do the hard thing. Not always fun, convenient, or tasty.

But way more rewarding. 

When was the last time you leaned into the hard thing? If it’s been a while, are there opportunities coming up where you could take this challenge?

Do the hard thing. You won’t regret it.

PS: Not pictured. The two gummy bears I ate after the meal because I wanted a little something sweet 🤷‍♂️

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