Ease Is A Greater Threat To Progress Than Hardship

There’s just something about 2018 that makes me so excited!

I can’t seem to put my finger on it, but I feel that there’s a sense of greatness that will come with this year.

Now that January is in full swing, I’ve taken a few steps back to reevaluate my life. Sometimes when I’m feeling blue, I flip through a handful of old quotes or rewatch an inspiring video to give me a stiff kick in the tush.

For those of you who are familiar with the magnificent Denzel Washington, you’ll know that he is a true talent. His acting, wisdom, and personal story of triumph are all things that are greatly admirable. In true Denzel fashion, as he accepted yet another prestigious award in Hollywood, he shared a few beautiful lessons that we should all remember during tough times.

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Doesn’t that just give you the chills? Every time I hear this message, I want to run to the bathroom and take a good look at myself in the mirror — to remind myself that I can do anything that I set my mind to and to say that I am worthy of success. And so are you.
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Screen Shot 2018-01-09 at 10.57.29 PMWithout commitment, you’ll never start.
But more importantly, without consistency, you’ll never finish.

It takes great courage to set your mind to an idea or a task. But what’s difficult, is being disciplined enough to see it through.

I encourage you to look within the depths of yourself and identify something that you’ve always wanted to do. Better yet, think of something that scares you. Promise yourself that this year, and for the many that follow, that you will pursue this dream or goal.

While your ideas are flooding in, make a plan and write it down. Put this goal and strategy in a clear place where you can see it and hold yourself accountable. Just like you instinctively brush your teeth in the morning or fasten your seatbelt before you drive, ensure that you make this goal your new habit.

Screen Shot 2018-01-09 at 10.57.32 PMIf it was easy, there would be no YOU.

If success were easy, everyone would be doing it. There would be no celebrities or idols for us to aspire to one day become. But what we often forget is that there is no one in this world that is a better you than you.

If life were easy, you wouldn’t have a unique story to tell. I know, I know. You may not think that your life is “important enough” or “unique enough” to have a story. But believe me, you do. Every breath you take, every memory, experience, and hardship are all a part of what makes you an incredible person.

Stay true to who you are and more importantly, never stop believing in yourself. After all, every pro was a rookie first — Every pro was once an amateur. Every expert was once a beginner. So dream big. And start now…yes, right now.

 

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Keep working. Keep striving. Never give up.

When you first learn how to ride a bike, you need training wheels and a hell of a lot of patience. You fall a few times, scrape your knees, and may even shed a few tears. But after you fail, you pick up your bike and try just one more time — until eventually, you get the hang of it. Before you know it, you’re cruising around the neighborhood and throw off those rusty wheels.

Life is no different. It’s never easy and you’ll be thrown many curveballs, but you have to keep at it with that same child-like attitude. Keep trying and never get up.

 

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Fall seven times, stand up eight.

This is an age-old saying that continues to hold its truth. It is totally acceptable to fail. And you should. Embrace failure because truly, it should be your best friend. Could you imagine winning at everything on your first try?! I mean, it would feel incredible for a while, but it nowhere compares to the feeling of accomplishing something that you’ve been working on for a LONG time.

Embrace the falls and look forward to standing up again.

 

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Ease is a greater threat to progress than hardship.

What makes life so interesting is that it’s not a piece of cake. Ease doesn’t help you grow. Repeat after me. Ease. Does. Not. Help. Me. Grow.

It’s the tough times and the things that break you into a million pieces that make you resilient. So run towards the things that scare you and embrace the challenges that find you along the way.

They end up being great plot twists in the story that you’re writing.

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See you at work

I see you, my friend. I see you working hard and trying to be the best version of yourself. I want to let you know that I see your tireless work and I’m running right beside you. This year I will be pushing myself beyond my limits and testing my resilience. I’ve committed to some scary goals that frankly, make me sweat a little. And that’s exactly how it should be.

 You are not alone
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As I’ve mentioned, I want The Pages of Paige to be a place that you can come to when you need a reminder that you are uniquely special and that you too are one of the greats. One message, conversation, or inspiration at a time will put you on a path to a better life. I’m rooting for you in all that you do and I’m cheering you on. When you fall, you can look over and see me bandaging myself up as I try again too. You are not alone.
What is your biggest takeaway from this video?
So what do you think? I’d love to hear what resonated with you the most and how you plan to apply it to your life.

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17 Comments Add yours

  1. Loved this and needed it!! My favorite take away was “I see you my friend”. It’s just a good feeling to know that someone is doing it with you. Without consistency you’ll never finish… chills!!! Did you post this just for me?

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    1. All of my posts are for you BlogBestie ❤ you know I'm always looking out for you love!

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      1. Keep them coming! You know I’m here for it!!

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  2. anjalisk96 says:

    The hardship that we endure to achieve our goals makes the success feel so much better. We should persevere. Put in our everything. We should never think of nt doing something just because of the lack of ease, like you said.

    Beautiful post friend. 🙂

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    1. Thank you sweetheart 🙂 I hope that this uplifts you in hard times and that you always remember these tips.

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  3. DGGYST says:

    I’ve been such a coward lately, this was a timely kick in the ass. Thank you!

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    1. I will gladly share more kick-in-the-ass posts if it’s helpful! I seem to need one from time to time 🙂

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      1. DGGYST says:

        I love a good ass kicking! And a good spanking if we are being perfectly honest lol

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      2. HAHA! I needed that laugh. I’m sure my boyfriend wouldn’t mind if I agreed with you

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  4. enniyaya says:

    Love this, thank you! Been struggling with blogging lately, actually, so it’s nice to be motivated to blog by a blog.

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    1. That’s wonderful! That’s what the blogging community is all about. I hope that it’s inspired you to hit publish since this read 🙂

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  5. Yaa Yaa says:

    Wow! I LOVE this post! Right on time.

    The whole speech gave me chills also. It’s true. Ease never does us justice. It’s through hardship that we experience the most growth. But it’s weird how much we resist hardship or how much we complain when it’s tough. No one ever said it would be easy, so why are we surprised when it is hard? Hard experiences are the most beneficial to us.

    I’m going to refer to this post whenever I feel like procrastinating instead of pushing on towards my goal!

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    1. I’m so glad that you enjoyed it! Come back to this and watch it whenever you need some motivation. It always helps me 🙂

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  6. Marvelous. Loved it. Commitment and passion in whatever you do, as an employer, a spouse, a lover, a sibling, a friend.

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    1. Absolutely! In everything that you do, give it all of yourself and the results will be astonishing ❤

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  7. I so needed this tonight. Today was exhausting. I am trying to launch two businesses at the same time and keep everything straight. This week has seen so much success but getting to it requires so much. Thank you for this reminder that I am working toward something great and the fact that it’s hard means that it’s so worth it.

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    1. You are so welcome! Just remember that you are one step closer to where you want to be, simply by trying and working hard 🙂

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