#9 Practicing hard things
The more you do it, the easier it gets
I had two conversations about running and emotional mastery, which both emphasized the following: “I only really learn when I am in extreme pain.” Only when I run faster and longer than what is convenient do I start to feel lighter. Only when I face an uncomfortable challenge, do I become stronger. The more of that I do, the easier it becomes.
A great analogy is strength training. I only really grow when I am doing fewer reps of higher weight. So I can be lifting lighter weight all I want but it won’t generate the needed progress. I want fewer but harder things, more of the 20% kind of things that will be driving 80% of actual progress.
The question I am asking myself is: Which few hard things can I start practicing that will compound into making other things easier? Because ultimately, it is easier for me to practice the few hard things rather than spreading myself thin doing easy shit. Practicing hard things will increase my discomfort tolerance and train my perseverance. So how can I go to my pains rather than avoid them?