What is the single best life hack to change your life?
Bruce Lee may have something to say about it.
Don’t pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.
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I have a theory, a hypothesis. The more difficulties you have, the greater your strength, perseverance and patience – this is the hard path that will take you to a different place than others.
One of the main reasons we see decay in our world and culture is that people do not want difficulty in their lives. Many people order a pizza from the Internet delivered to their door instead of grocery shopping and cooking their food. They do not want to work hard to be ready for a relationship; they go to OnlyFans. The list goes on and on – they choose the easy path without risks.
Like Robert Frost’s poem, taking the less travelled path is the one that makes all the difference.
Let’s get right into it.
I am a highly-sensitive person. It’s a condition that 3 out of 1000 people have. It makes me incredibly intelligent; it also makes me very emotional. I can not say how difficult this has made my life because everyone hates emotional men and people with higher intelligence.
I’ve experienced things that would horrify most people. During high school, people bullied me for being different.
I also grew up with a mother with schizophrenia and paranoid personality disorder. As a single mother, she did her best to raise me, but if she didn’t have money for cigarettes, I was running for my room to avoid her.
And yet, I kept saying that God uses it every day. Getting through difficult places takes a little faith, saying the universe will unfold the way it should. I survived, and after a bit of a mid-life crisis, I can’t say I have been happier!
Difficult circumstances can give you perspectives on things that can help us solve new problems. Not only can you see new solutions to different problems because of past difficulties, but you can also know you can go through other hardships in the future. Trials lead to experience, and experience leads to faith.
Considering we live in the 2020s, and the beginning of our decade started with the most Covid, the most punishing hardship we faced in the last 70+ years, we need to realize we need to learn perseverance and patience again.
The easy life of the 2010s is gone; we need to wake up, start living the most arduous life we can and find our meaning.
Deliberately choosing a difficult life can be laborious. Choosing to disassociate toxic people can be difficult because you can see the trouble you can expect after. But if you know it’s the best decision, make it anyways.
Living a demanding life takes perseverance. No matter how hard you feel life is becoming, keep going because there’s a reward for doing what’s best for you. Giving up when you experience difficulty you have hindered your growth. As Bruce said, pray for the strength to endure. I’ll get into prayer and meditation later in this series because the “placebo” effect helps. Asking for strength will give you strength.
When you don’t want to do your 30 flights of stairs and 6k steps, keep telling yourself that you will be strong enough once you get started. The more we lift our thoughts to ask God for help, the stronger we get!
Part of perseverance is the willingness to be patient. Results don’t happen overnight. Writing a 240-page rulebook took me 4-5 months. Writing rough drafts for ten mission instalments has taken eight months. Everything takes time, so be patient. Rome was not built in a day.
Patience at the moment is vital to personal growth.
Psychologists did an experiment showing the power of patience over time. They invited 1000s of kids for interviews. They asked age appropriate questions to the 8-year old, and they left the child with a marshmallow or cookie.
If they could wait until the psychologist came back, they would get a second snack. But if they ate the sweet, they wouldn’t get a second.
About 50/50 either ate or didn’t eat the marshmallows.
Ten years later, the children were invited back for an exit interview. The children who didn’t eat the treat and got a second did much better than the national average for grades, college acceptance and job participation.
The kids who ate the treat also beat national averages for crime, lower grades, and anti-social behaviour…
Patience can do quite a bit. Keep going, be patient, and everything will turn out.
The more you start practising good habits, the better your life will become, until it starts snowballing.
It’s like “hld”, the longer you keep your Crypto Currency, the more it grows in value. Over time, everything becomes more valuable.
The longer and more good habits you can cultivate, the better your life will get. Every new thing takes time to adjust to, but you can keep on making adjustments and create a better life.
I just started a new job, and at my current wage and hours schedule, I can start investing for retirement, which will be around 40k, and after a year, the company will also give half the same amount. And that’s without interest from the investments. I know people may scoff at the stock markets going down and everything, but – let’s be honest, investing is a long term idea, not a short term get rich quick scheme. Both the interest and the company investment are what compounding is all about.
If you keep working hard, making difficult choices and having patience, you can change your life.
You can’t create a novel, comic, or game if you choose the easy path. You have to decide what your priorities are and shut anything else out.
So, pray for the strength to endure a difficult life, not an easy one.
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