You Have To Do The Hard Things

You have to make the call you’re afraid to make.
You have to get up earlier than you want to get up.

You have to give more than you get in return right away.

You have to care more about others than they care about you.

You have to fight when you are already injured, bloody, and sore.

You have to feel unsure and insecure when playing it safe seems smarter.

You have to lead when no one else is following you yet.

You have to invest in yourself even though no one else is.

You have to look like a fool while you’re looking for answers you don’t have.

You have to grind out the details when it’s easier to shrug them off.

You have to deliver results when making excuses is an option.

You have to search for your own explanations even when you’re told to accept the “facts”.

You have to make mistakes and look like an idiot.

You have to try and fail and try again.

You have to run faster even though you’re out of breath.

You have to be kind to people who have been cruel to you.

You have to meet deadlines that are unreasonable and deliver results that are unparalleled.

You have to be accountable for your actions even when things go wrong.

You have to keep moving towards where you want to be no matter what’s in front of you.

You have to do the hard things.

The things that no one else is doing. The things that scare you. The things that make you wonder how much longer you can hold on.

Those are the things that define you. Those are the things that make the difference between living a life of mediocrity or outrageous success.

The hard things are the easiest things to avoid.  To excuse away. To pretend like they don’t apply to you.

The simple truth about how ordinary people accomplish outrageous feats of success is that they do the hard things that smarter, wealthier, more qualified people don’t have the courage — or desperation — to do.

Do the hard things. You might be surprised at how amazing you really are.

 


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0 Replies to “You Have To Do The Hard Things”

  1. Awesome post Dan! Reminds me of the saying, “life is easy when you live it the hard way and hard when you live it the easy way”.
    How does one “operationalize” and self-manage to do the hard things when in the moment the mind wants to avoid pain and move towards pleasure and pleasure is often doing the status quo?

    I’ve been trying to discover that myself….A few actionable things I’m discovering that seem to help me and might resonate with you and others:

    1. Enlist social support and accountability on a weekly basis and hold each other accountable to doing 3 “hard things”, reflect at the end of the week on your outcome and make adjustments. Why we try to do it alone, which I’m guilty of, baffles me.

    2. Taking tiny steps – take “You have to get up earlier than you want to get up.” for example. If you get up at 7am right now and you want to get up at 5:30am, then perhaps your tiny step is to get up at 6:55 one day. Take the tiny step and succeed rather than setting the overly ambitious goal and fail. Build on your tiny successes.

    Or perhaps, you want to get a new accountability partner. Perhaps your tiny step could be “write down the name of 3 people I could ask to be an accountability partner”.

    This tiny wins can be repeated until before you know it, you’ve accomplished your vision, your goal.

    3. Daily Reflection

    a. Spend time reflecting each day on the costs if you DON’T do the hard things and what the impacts will be in your life

    b. Spend time reflecting and celebrating the your small wins when you do the hard thing

    c. Ask yourself, “how can I make tomorrow just a little bit better than today?”

    Thanks Dan!

    1. I love the phrase: “Life is easy when you live it the hard way and hard when you live it the easy way”.

      Have not heard it before, but it works.

      Thanks for sharing that with all of us here. What a powerful affirmation…

      Dan

      1. I love that bncnamara – “Life is easy when you live it the hard way and hard when you live it the easy way”. I will imbibe this the rest of my life…

        1. I love it too. Its amazing for that quote:”Life is easy when you live it the hard way and hard when you live it the easy way”

  2. Awesome post Dan! Reminds me of the saying, “life is easy when you live it the hard way and hard when you live it the easy way”.
    How does one “operationalize” and self-manage to do the hard things when in the moment the mind wants to avoid pain and move towards pleasure and pleasure is often doing the status quo?

    I’ve been trying to discover that myself….A few actionable things I’m discovering that seem to help me and might resonate with you and others:

    1. Enlist social support and accountability on a weekly basis and hold each other accountable to doing 3 “hard things”, reflect at the end of the week on your outcome and make adjustments. Why we try to do it alone, which I’m guilty of, baffles me.

    2. Taking tiny steps – take “You have to get up earlier than you want to get up.” for example. If you get up at 7am right now and you want to get up at 5:30am, then perhaps your tiny step is to get up at 6:55 one day. Take the tiny step and succeed rather than setting the overly ambitious goal and fail. Build on your tiny successes.

    Or perhaps, you want to get a new accountability partner. Perhaps your tiny step could be “write down the name of 3 people I could ask to be an accountability partner”.

    This tiny wins can be repeated until before you know it, you’ve accomplished your vision, your goal.

    3. Daily Reflection

    a. Spend time reflecting each day on the costs if you DON’T do the hard things and what the impacts will be in your life

    b. Spend time reflecting and celebrating the your small wins when you do the hard thing

    c. Ask yourself, “how can I make tomorrow just a little bit better than today?”

    Thanks Dan!

    1. I love the phrase: “Life is easy when you live it the hard way and hard when you live it the easy way”.

      Have not heard it before, but it works.

      Thanks for sharing that with all of us here. What a powerful affirmation…

      Dan

        1. I love it too. Its amazing for that quote:”Life is easy when you live it the hard way and hard when you live it the easy way”

  3. Awesome post Dan! Reminds me of the saying, “life is easy when you live it the hard way and hard when you live it the easy way”.
    How does one “operationalize” and self-manage to do the hard things when in the moment the mind wants to avoid pain and move towards pleasure and pleasure is often doing the status quo?

    I’ve been trying to discover that myself….A few actionable things I’m discovering that seem to help me and might resonate with you and others:

    1. Enlist social support and accountability on a weekly basis and hold each other accountable to doing 3 “hard things”, reflect at the end of the week on your outcome and make adjustments. Why we try to do it alone, which I’m guilty of, baffles me.

    2. Taking tiny steps – take “You have to get up earlier than you want to get up.” for example. If you get up at 7am right now and you want to get up at 5:30am, then perhaps your tiny step is to get up at 6:55 one day. Take the tiny step and succeed rather than setting the overly ambitious goal and fail. Build on your tiny successes.

    Or perhaps, you want to get a new accountability partner. Perhaps your tiny step could be “write down the name of 3 people I could ask to be an accountability partner”.

    This tiny wins can be repeated until before you know it, you’ve accomplished your vision, your goal.

    3. Daily Reflection

    a. Spend time reflecting each day on the costs if you DON’T do the hard things and what the impacts will be in your life

    b. Spend time reflecting and celebrating the your small wins when you do the hard thing

    c. Ask yourself, “how can I make tomorrow just a little bit better than today?”

    Thanks Dan!

    1. I love the phrase: “Life is easy when you live it the hard way and hard when you live it the easy way”.

      Have not heard it before, but it works.

      Thanks for sharing that with all of us here. What a powerful affirmation…

      Dan

      1. I love that bncnamara – “Life is easy when you live it the hard way and hard when you live it the easy way”. I will imbibe this the rest of my life…

        1. I love it too. Its amazing for that quote:”Life is easy when you live it the hard way and hard when you live it the easy way”

  4. Awesome post Dan! Reminds me of the saying, “life is easy when you live it the hard way and hard when you live it the easy way”.
    How does one “operationalize” and self-manage to do the hard things when in the moment the mind wants to avoid pain and move towards pleasure and pleasure is often doing the status quo?

    I’ve been trying to discover that myself….A few actionable things I’m discovering that seem to help me and might resonate with you and others:

    1. Enlist social support and accountability on a weekly basis and hold each other accountable to doing 3 “hard things”, reflect at the end of the week on your outcome and make adjustments. Why we try to do it alone, which I’m guilty of, baffles me.

    2. Taking tiny steps – take “You have to get up earlier than you want to get up.” for example. If you get up at 7am right now and you want to get up at 5:30am, then perhaps your tiny step is to get up at 6:55 one day. Take the tiny step and succeed rather than setting the overly ambitious goal and fail. Build on your tiny successes.

    Or perhaps, you want to get a new accountability partner. Perhaps your tiny step could be “write down the name of 3 people I could ask to be an accountability partner”.

    This tiny wins can be repeated until before you know it, you’ve accomplished your vision, your goal.

    3. Daily Reflection

    a. Spend time reflecting each day on the costs if you DON’T do the hard things and what the impacts will be in your life

    b. Spend time reflecting and celebrating the your small wins when you do the hard thing

    c. Ask yourself, “how can I make tomorrow just a little bit better than today?”

    Thanks Dan!

    1. I love the phrase: “Life is easy when you live it the hard way and hard when you live it the easy way”.

      Have not heard it before, but it works.

      Thanks for sharing that with all of us here. What a powerful affirmation…

      Dan

        1. I love it too. Its amazing for that quote:”Life is easy when you live it the hard way and hard when you live it the easy way”

  5. Lovely, inspirational reminder of what leads us to the occasional hard-earned successes we all are lucky enough to help create; thanks for the post.

  6. Lovely, inspirational reminder of what leads us to the occasional hard-earned successes we all are lucky enough to help create; thanks for the post.

  7. Lovely, inspirational reminder of what leads us to the occasional hard-earned successes we all are lucky enough to help create; thanks for the post.

  8. Lovely, inspirational reminder of what leads us to the occasional hard-earned successes we all are lucky enough to help create; thanks for the post.

  9. GOOD STUFF!As Jeff Shore commented: “You’re preaching my own message to me …”.
    Right off, #2 slapped me awake. I used to get up earlier than I wanted … but not earlier than I needed. Plus I usually bounded out of bed ready for “it”. Now I catch myself tapping that deceitful snooze button.
    You summarized many of my personal rules that I USED TO hold myself to – PLUS bonus ones. This is fuel to get back on track. I don’t make New Year resolutions, but I can go back to my old “habits for success” – thank you for documenting them for us.

    Minor typo:
    You have to look like a fool while you’re look for answers you don’t have.
    I think it should be “… while you look for… OR “…while you’re looking for …”

  10. GOOD STUFF!As Jeff Shore commented: “You’re preaching my own message to me …”.
    Right off, #2 slapped me awake. I used to get up earlier than I wanted … but not earlier than I needed. Plus I usually bounded out of bed ready for “it”. Now I catch myself tapping that deceitful snooze button.
    You summarized many of my personal rules that I USED TO hold myself to – PLUS bonus ones. This is fuel to get back on track. I don’t make New Year resolutions, but I can go back to my old “habits for success” – thank you for documenting them for us.

    Minor typo:
    You have to look like a fool while you’re look for answers you don’t have.
    I think it should be “… while you look for… OR “…while you’re looking for …”

  11. GOOD STUFF!As Jeff Shore commented: “You’re preaching my own message to me …”.
    Right off, #2 slapped me awake. I used to get up earlier than I wanted … but not earlier than I needed. Plus I usually bounded out of bed ready for “it”. Now I catch myself tapping that deceitful snooze button.
    You summarized many of my personal rules that I USED TO hold myself to – PLUS bonus ones. This is fuel to get back on track. I don’t make New Year resolutions, but I can go back to my old “habits for success” – thank you for documenting them for us.

    Minor typo:
    You have to look like a fool while you’re look for answers you don’t have.
    I think it should be “… while you look for… OR “…while you’re looking for …”

  12. GOOD STUFF!As Jeff Shore commented: “You’re preaching my own message to me …”.
    Right off, #2 slapped me awake. I used to get up earlier than I wanted … but not earlier than I needed. Plus I usually bounded out of bed ready for “it”. Now I catch myself tapping that deceitful snooze button.
    You summarized many of my personal rules that I USED TO hold myself to – PLUS bonus ones. This is fuel to get back on track. I don’t make New Year resolutions, but I can go back to my old “habits for success” – thank you for documenting them for us.

    Minor typo:
    You have to look like a fool while you’re look for answers you don’t have.
    I think it should be “… while you look for… OR “…while you’re looking for …”

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  17. Dan, Those are some inspirational pointers. Thank you so very much. May I please share your post on my Blog at wordpress? I will appropriately link everything back to you…right here. Thank you in advance.

  18. Dan, Those are some inspirational pointers. Thank you so very much. May I please share your post on my Blog at wordpress? I will appropriately link everything back to you…right here. Thank you in advance.

  19. Dan, Those are some inspirational pointers. Thank you so very much. May I please share your post on my Blog at wordpress? I will appropriately link everything back to you…right here. Thank you in advance.

  20. Dan, Those are some inspirational pointers. Thank you so very much. May I please share your post on my Blog at wordpress? I will appropriately link everything back to you…right here. Thank you in advance.

  21. Awesome read. Good reminder that whenever you’re the crazy one, willing to do things few others are willing to do, you are on to something…

  22. Awesome read. Good reminder that whenever you’re the crazy one, willing to do things few others are willing to do, you are on to something…

  23. Awesome read. Good reminder that whenever you’re the crazy one, willing to do things few others are willing to do, you are on to something…

  24. Awesome read. Good reminder that whenever you’re the crazy one, willing to do things few others are willing to do, you are on to something…

  25. I like this. But I did find myself wondering as I read it — successful in what?As a human being? As a business person?

    I’m struck by how much these principles apply to becoming a new mom (or dad) and the hard work of trying to be a good parent. For this I would also add: you have to recognize your work has value, even if no one else does.

  26. I like this. But I did find myself wondering as I read it — successful in what?As a business person? As a human being?

    I’m struck by how much these principles apply to becoming a new mom (or dad) and the hard work of trying to be a good parent. For this I would also add: you have to recognize your work has value, even though it won’t ever make you any money and even though it often seems like nobody else does.

    This is not always so easy to do.

  27. I like this. But I did find myself wondering as I read it — successful in what?As a human being? As a business person?

    I’m struck by how much these principles apply to becoming a new mom (or dad) and the hard work of trying to be a good parent. For this I would also add: you have to recognize your work has value, even if no one else does.

  28. I like this. But I did find myself wondering as I read it — successful in what?As a business person? As a human being?

    I’m struck by how much these principles apply to becoming a new mom (or dad) and the hard work of trying to be a good parent. For this I would also add: you have to recognize your work has value, even though it won’t ever make you any money and even though it often seems like nobody else does.

    This is not always so easy to do.

  29. You have to feel unsure and insecure when playing if safe seems smarter. IT, Daniel. When playing it safe seems smarter. A little editing for the public goes a long way online.

  30. You have to feel unsure and insecure when playing if safe seems smarter. IT, Daniel. When playing it safe seems smarter. A little editing for the public goes a long way online.

  31. You have to feel unsure and insecure when playing if safe seems smarter. IT, Daniel. When playing it safe seems smarter. A little editing for the public goes a long way online.

  32. You have to feel unsure and insecure when playing if safe seems smarter. IT, Daniel. When playing it safe seems smarter. A little editing for the public goes a long way online.

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  39. Thanks for the timely article – as most of us know too well, you can set all the goals and make all the resolutions you desire, but nothing advances until you do the hard things. Many of us think that if we follow our passion there won’t be any hard things to do. In an unfamiliar new career there may be a lot more hard things than you imagined. Like cold-calling, etc.!

  40. Thanks for the timely article – as most of us know too well, you can set all the goals and make all the resolutions you desire, but nothing advances until you do the hard things. Many of us think that if we follow our passion there won’t be any hard things to do. In an unfamiliar new career there may be a lot more hard things than you imagined. Like cold-calling, etc.!

  41. Thanks for the timely article – as most of us know too well, you can set all the goals and make all the resolutions you desire, but nothing advances until you do the hard things. Many of us think that if we follow our passion there won’t be any hard things to do. In an unfamiliar new career there may be a lot more hard things than you imagined. Like cold-calling, etc.!

  42. Thanks for the timely article – as most of us know too well, you can set all the goals and make all the resolutions you desire, but nothing advances until you do the hard things. Many of us think that if we follow our passion there won’t be any hard things to do. In an unfamiliar new career there may be a lot more hard things than you imagined. Like cold-calling, etc.!

  43. Thank you for your sharing. They really brighten me much.Could you help to tell more about this idea: “You have to deliver results when making excuses is an option”.
    I think It is better and easier to be understandable with some real situation in life. I really apprec1ate what you shared.

  44. Thank you for your sharing. They really brighten me much.Could you help to tell more about this idea: “You have to deliver results when making excuses is an option”.
    I think It is better and easier to be understandable with some real situation in life. I really apprec1ate what you shared.

  45. Thank you for your sharing. They really brighten me much.Could you help to tell more about this idea: “You have to deliver results when making excuses is an option”.
    I think It is better and easier to be understandable with some real situation in life. I really apprec1ate what you shared.

  46. Thank you for your sharing. They really brighten me much.Could you help to tell more about this idea: “You have to deliver results when making excuses is an option”.
    I think It is better and easier to be understandable with some real situation in life. I really apprec1ate what you shared.

  47. I love this post, Dan. I recently launched a blog (www.lemonstolemonade.net) and am now seeing just how much hard work is required. It takes tons of self discipline to be a full time marketer, full time blogger and full time optimist but I wouldn’t change it for a second. This post was extremely inspiring and dead on – thank you for helping me start my day with some motivation and positivity!

  48. I love this post, Dan. I recently launched a blog (www.lemonstolemonade.net) and am now seeing just how much hard work is required. It takes tons of self discipline to be a full time marketer, full time blogger and full time optimist but I wouldn’t change it for a second. This post was extremely inspiring and dead on – thank you for helping me start my day with some motivation and positivity!

  49. I love this post, Dan. I recently launched a blog (www.lemonstolemonade.net) and am now seeing just how much hard work is required. It takes tons of self discipline to be a full time marketer, full time blogger and full time optimist but I wouldn’t change it for a second. This post was extremely inspiring and dead on – thank you for helping me start my day with some motivation and positivity!

  50. I love this post, Dan. I recently launched a blog (www.lemonstolemonade.net) and am now seeing just how much hard work is required. It takes tons of self discipline to be a full time marketer, full time blogger and full time optimist but I wouldn’t change it for a second. This post was extremely inspiring and dead on – thank you for helping me start my day with some motivation and positivity!

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  53. thank you for your blog, I have been reading every time I need a push and motivation since this post 🙂 Good luck with your work!

  54. thank you for your blog, I have been reading every time I need a push and motivation since this post 🙂 Good luck with your work!

  55. thank you for your blog, I have been reading every time I need a push and motivation since this post 🙂 Good luck with your work!

  56. thank you for your blog, I have been reading every time I need a push and motivation since this post 🙂 Good luck with your work!

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  67. I stumbled on this post after a Google search for I-don’t-remember-what. I printed it out and I keep it with me. I read it every now and then, and it never fails to help me reframe my thinking and pump me up. Thanks.

  68. I stumbled on this post after a Google search for I-don’t-remember-what. I printed it out and I keep it with me. I read it every now and then, and it never fails to help me reframe my thinking and pump me up. Thanks.

  69. Dan,

    your post inspired me to do the hard things. Things that matter. The things that I believe will make my life filled with purpose and happiness.

    Everyonce in a while I re-read it and remind me of these things I must do daily.

    If we ought to shine, we gotta aim for the stars.

    Keep inspiring us.

  70. Dan,

    your post inspired me to do the hard things. Things that matter. The things that I believe will make my life filled with purpose and happiness.

    Everyonce in a while I re-read it and remind me of these things I must do daily.

    If we ought to shine, we gotta aim for the stars.

    Keep inspiring us.

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