Harnessing the Power of Hard Choices for an Easy Life

Jul 27, 2023
Picture of a Stone Seesaw with 3 rocks on the left and one bigger rock on the right.

The Seesaw of Life

Ever thought about life as a seesaw? On one end, we've got hard choices; on the other, an easy life. It seems a bit counterintuitive, doesn't it?

Here's the thing: tough decisions tend to carve out a smoother path in the long run. It's about delaying instant gratification, dropping the baggage, eating your greens, getting comfy with failure, and pursuing what truly lights your fire.


Delay instant gratification

Our consumer culture advocates instant gratification over long-term fulfillment. But it's a double-edged sword. For instance, consider trading those mini weekend breaks for savings towards a significant future goal, like life in a new country or a dream venture. Your future you will undoubtedly appreciate the swap.


Letting go of unnecessary baggage

Holding onto past grievances, be they people or experiences, only weighs us down. Making the tough choice to let go frees up emotional space for new, enriching experiences. What's done is done, leave the excess baggage behind and start writing a better story for yourself.


Committing to Regular Exercise

Trading in those hours of binge-watching YouTube for a jog or a yoga session might not seem like the most appealing choice, especially after a long day of work. Yet, it's another hard decision that promises an easier life. Boosting your energy, improving your mood, and enhancing your overall health are just a few benefits that regular exercise can offer. In the long run, your body will thank you for making the choice to switch off the tube and hit the gym.


Welcome Failure

Accepting that failure is part of the journey and not the end of the road is crucial for personal growth. Don't shy away from it, learn from it! You know what they say, "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger."


Follow Your Passion

And lastly, choosing to pursue your passion despite fear and uncertainty is tough but ultimately fulfilling. Make the choice that resonates with your true self. When Jules and I decided to up sticks and move to Spain, there were many hard choices to create our new life, but now our life is richer than we could ever have imagined.


No one said it would be a stroll in the park, but remember, each challenging choice you make tips that seesaw towards a more rewarding life.

So, buckle up and let's tackle those hard choices together. We only have ONE LIFE; let's seize it!



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