Easier Said Than Done

The infamous phrase that keeps us from trying

Easier said than done. Have you ever uttered those words? It’s a common phrase that gets tossed around without much thought. Those words, once spoken, create resistance against whatever it is you’re trying to do. They signal to your brain that it’s not worth trying.

To be easy is to be something that is achieved without great effort, or that presents few difficulties. To say something is simply to utter words to convey information, an opinion, a feeling or intention. To do is to perform, achieve or complete something particular. When we say “easier said than done” all we’re really saying is that it’s easier to talk about doing the thing than it is to do the thing. But what isn’t easier said than done?

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The True Cost of Delaying Decisions

Life is better when you decide

Decisions come with many implications, and no matter how smart you are there will be decisions that create problems for you. Making decisions is one thing, but delaying them? That can come with huge opportunity costs and create major distractions. That might be common sense, but people delay decisions all the time because they’re afraid of the unknown, they don’t want to put the energy into changing after the decision is made, or they just don’t want to disrupt their comfortable routine.

Let’s consider the opportunity cost of delaying a decision. 

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Not Narcissistic, Just First

Why you should take care of yourself before anyone else

Many well-intentioned people forego their own mental, physical and spiritual nourishment thinking it gives them more time and ability to take care of those around them. This simply isn’t true, and unless you take care of yourself first, you’re doing those you lead and love a disservice. Before you think I’m being narcissistic, let’s consider a common example that screams “me first!” for a good reason.

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Are You Busy?

I wanted to share this perspective from an email Chris Brogan sent me. I’m a big believer in doing only what’s essential, but sometimes we all need a reminder. Thanks for the thought provoking note Chris.

Take the Backpack Test

If I gave you a backpack and said “Walk around for five minutes and put stuff in this backpack until it’s full,” you could finish the task in probably 30 seconds. It wouldn’t take long to fill that backpack with whatever’s nearby. Full? You could stuff that baby with things.

Now, instead, what if I said, “Your house is going to burn down. Take 5 minutes and put in the backpack the only items you can pull from the fire.” Five minutes isn’t nearly enough. The backpack is too small. How can you possibly fit it all in?

Guess how you are normally filling that backpack? A or B?