It takes less effort to succeed than to fail.
The drug addict knows it. No matter how miserable he feels, he has to get up in the morning and find a way to get money to get more drugs.
The morbidly overweight person knows it. Excess weight makes the simplest tasks laborious and unbearably uncomfortable. She lives with guilt, bombarded with accusations that it’s her own fault. The longer she waits to change, the harder it is to change.
YOU know it. Have you ever been faced with a task you just did not want to do? You probably thought it was easier not to do it than to just do it. And kept thinking so, the whole time — hours, days, weeks or even months — that you put it off. In the end, you HAD to do the thing, and it wasn’t so bad after all. Wouldn’t it have been easier just to do the thing in the first place?
“Do you really want a different life, or are you just wanting to improve the life you have?” ~ Mark Januszewski
Most people would say they want a different life, but they don’t know what it means. They don’t want to change. They’d rather stay where they are, never dreaming how much more effort they’re expending on their failure. What they really need is to learn and apply the Law of Least Effort.
There are three parts to the law. Very simply…
LAW OF LEAST EFFORT
I must accept things the way they are, and not the way I wish they would be, especially when it comes to other people’s behaviour. I can’t control them, nor should I wish to.
In other words, the ability to respond differently. I can choose to use negative feelings, such as fear, anger, loss, as tools and opportunities for growth.
I must stop defending my point of view. Even, and especially to myself! I waste time, energy and creativity by defending myself and my point of view in my own head.
“The Law of Least Effort unlocks the door to effortlessness and sets you up for a tremendous launch, or commencement, into the next part of your personal journey.” ~ Mark Januszewski
As we come to the end of our six month journey in the Master Key Master Mind Alliance, I can see how far I’ve come — and I also see how far I have to go yet in applying the lessons daily. Proof positive: being five days late with this blog post. :p But beating myself up for what I haven’t done is counterproductive. Instead of that, I “just do it!”