When something is difficult to understand, the easy way out is to shove it aside and take on another task. But doing this over and over again puts you in a situation where you don’t learn anything new.
It is essential not to take these challenges lightly. They may be challenging to start, and they will remain like that unless you give it a try. You may have a bad habit of passing on hard tasks to others or ignoring them altogether.
However, is this wise?
Of course not.
Just saying that you’re going to change yourself and your mindset is not enough. You have to take action. Decide to take on difficult tasks and actually do so.
Instead of focusing on how difficult they are, focus on what you can learn from each one. After all, it is the learning that genuinely makes the task worthwhile, not success or failure.
How do you push yourself to do what you consider difficult?
When you include difficult tasks as part of your daily schedule, you would be mentally obliged to do them, unless you want it to be the only task on your list that’s left unticked.
For example, you want to start exercising. You consider exercising hard to do because it puts your body under a lot of pressure. However, you know you have to do it because it’s good for you, so include it in your schedule.
Block off a specific time every day and tell others what that time is for. When the people you live with know that you need to train during that time, not only will they give you space to do it, but they might help remind you.
How much space do you need to accomplish your task? When you have a designated spot where you intend to do the exercise routines, it will be much easier to get it over and done. In the long run, you will not only exercise because you have to. You will learn to love it because it has become a massive part of who you are. When you move to that spot each day, you will feel that it has become your very own training space.
Now is the time when you set your intentions on how to take on the task. Instead of rushing to complete it, you should put your intentions into writing. How do you plan to finish it? Why do you want to do it in the first place? Remember that the goal is not about getting things done. Instead, it is about getting yourself to start doing.
You may want to stop and pause for a moment to think about ways you can get the task done. Work on it with devotion. Mindfully do the exercise routines and feel every moment you spend doing it. At the end of the workday, you will be even more fulfilled because you have completed what you wanted to with enthusiasm.
How many times have you put off the task because you thought it was too difficult to do? How many times have you told yourself you’ll start exercising tomorrow, but never did? Choose to do this for yourself. Let it be a work to help you accomplish more than what you thought you would.
For example, you are making an exercise routine, not for anyone else, but yourself. Although your doctor will be happy to know that you followed his advice, it is really you who will reap the benefits. Even though it will be difficult, it will be worth it. When you keep your body healthy, you can live longer and be more than you first thought you could be.
When it seems that the task at hand is difficult to do, all you need is a short but meaningful burst of courage to make things happen. You could even look up “courage message” online and see what you find. Whether this reinforcement comes from another person, from yourself, or the universe, this motivation will push you forward.
But how do you get the task accomplished, especially if you think it’s boring? Here are some tips to make it happen:
If it seems as if the difficult task is demanding too much of your attention, then combining it with other responsibilities will help it feel more manageable. This could mean doing both at the same time or one after another. When it seems as if the difficult task is breaking your spirit, take a break, and work on a simpler task as a form of rest. This way, you will be able to target two tasks at the same time without losing your mind.
No matter how seemingly mundane the job is, remember that everything can be a learning experience. You need to turn your attention to what you can get out of it. Are there new skills you could learn? Does it open doors for new opportunities? There are plenty of things that you can do to find joy in your responsibilities. Keep it interesting, and you’ll see how your attitude changes when the next difficult task comes to mind.
This is certainly easier said than done. However, when you feel threatened because the task seems too difficult to do, then go ahead and work on it anyway. Rather than wasting your time dreading it or procrastinating, just do it. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you’ll get it done and how free you feel once it’s been accomplished.
Don’t let difficult tasks take the fun out of learning. Allow yourself to take on the challenge and see how much you’ll grow.
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