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Doing Hard Things is Good For You

"Don't be afraid of failure, because failure is only a temporary condition. So long as you are willing to learn from your mistakes, you will always succeed." - Napoleon Hill

Doing hard things is good for you in so many different ways. If you're faced with a challenge, don't shy away from it because of fear or anxiety. Instead, embrace the opportunity that comes with taking on something difficult and learn how to deal with it when things get difficult along the way!




Doing hard things is a great way to improve your physical and mental health.

Just as a muscle grows stronger when you stretch it, doing the things that scare you will make you more courageous and resilient over time. In fact, research shows that people who are willing to take risks not only experience greater success but also have higher levels of self-esteem.


So go on: do something hard today! But remember: if it feels too difficult or overwhelming, give yourself permission to start small.



Hard things teach us to slow down and reflect.


Doing something hard creates opportunities for us to get into alignment with the deepest part of ourselves. When we are in alignment, we are able to make better decisions that build our sense of purpose and heroic aspirations beyond power and money.


We have a duty to ourselves and our loved ones to step back, reflect on how we define our limitations, and then push through them. It is not just about overcoming adversity or avoiding mistakes; it's about accepting that there will be times when things don't go right -- but learning from those experiences so that next time you can do better.



"Resist the tyranny of the trivial of the trivial urgent." - Tom Morris



Taking breaks and how to reflect.

It's important to take breaks and reflect on your progress. Your break time will be different than mine, but it should include some kind of activity that is fun and relaxing. For me, I like to go for a walk around town or sit in the park with my laptop and read an article online about something interesting.


Take advantage of these moments for reflection and self-improvement! You can ask yourself questions like: “What was good about today? What could have been better? How did I feel at the end of each day?” If you'd like to learn more about how we can improve ourselves as humans through introspection, read Marcus Aurelius' Meditations. It's one of my favorite books ever—especially because he wrote it while being emperor!




Adversity builds resistance to set backs.

Embracing adversity is one of the best ways to build your mental and physical strength.


“He who knows how to suffer everything… can dare everything.” - Vauvenargues, an Eighteenth Century French moralist

In other words, the more adversity you embrace in life, the stronger you become. And this works both ways: when things go smoothly for you without much effort or struggle it doesn’t make you stronger; it makes you soft and complacent. Challenge yourself and watch how your character grows as a result!



After awhile, hard things become the norm and feel easier.

As you do hard things, your body and mind will adapt to the stress. Every time you do something challenging, whether it’s running a marathon or learning how to code, your body gets stronger from the exertion. You might feel tired after doing a medium-difficulty run when compared with an easy one, but it won’t be as draining as it was before. Your brain becomes more efficient at completing tasks that require mental energy—you can take on both hard projects and easy ones without getting exhausted.


The same thing happens if you face difficult challenges in life: each time they come around, they’ll feel easier than before because of all the experience you've gained since then. Facing these challenges builds confidence so that when faced with another difficult task later on (and trust me there will be more), we'll be able to tackle it head-on with little hesitation or fear of failure.




 

If you’re looking to try out some new challenges that will help improve your physical health and mental well-being, there are plenty of options available. Some of the best include joining a gym, going for a hike or even just taking up yoga! With so many options at our fingertips nowadays, it can be hard to know where to start. But don't worry: we're here with some recommendations on how best to get started with these activities and more!


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