Hard work vs. effortless work

February 21, 2022

Sometimes we resist taking a next step because a task is going to require hard work. Elbow grease. Effort.

On the one hand, doing hard work is what we’re here for. Hard things are worth doing. High-capacity people like to take on projects that are challenging, complex, and multi-faceted.

On the other hand, focusing on the difficulty of a task can cause it to move slower and appear more complex than it really is. Sometimes your next step is actually easy and your brain is tricking you into thinking it’s harder than it really is.

What if the solution is actually effortless?

What if there’s an easy way to pull it off?

There’s actually an easy way to pull off hard things. You’ll begin to see it when you’re looking for it.

Greg McKeowen’s new book Effortless is fantastic — but it’s helpful to consider the tension: hard things are worth doing but we must work hard to reframe them into effortless next steps that are energizing to complete.

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