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We usually believe that effort will be draining and that it's better to save our energy for when we really need it. Yet, more often than not, the opposite is the case: when we really use our full effort for something that truly matters to us, we feel more energized, not less.
The paradox is that life is often easiest when it is hardest. When you’re working on a pursuit that may fail if you don’t take it seriously, you find the energy to take it seriously. And you find the other troublesome things in life that needed effort weren’t so hard either.
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Most of the thing we do that are related to self-improvement have an activation cost - it’s harder to exercise regularly, read books and work on yourself than to binge watch TV series all day. But, once you’re already doing those things, it’s easier to keep doing them.
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The difficulty of the new challenge makes us take things seriously. With powerful time constraints, procrastinating is out of the question.
Taking studying seriously pushes you to do better than you might have, absent those constraints, for example.
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The hardest things end up becoming the easiest, once you've fully committed to a pursuit.
When you've chosen to commit, make it a priority. Put it first in your calendar. Expect frustration and obstacles. You will get stronger.
Effort could be seen as the opposite of something we do automatically. Effort then is what happens when we try to override an automatic pattern.
Feeling energized is hard if you're sorrounded by clutter and dust. Decluttering and tidying up can give you a nice energy boost.
When we feel tired, we often think that we need rest. Yet, quite often, the opposite is true and we need movement to feel more energized.
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