Steal This Energy for Today
If it was easy, everybody would do it.
The two perspectives in the videos linked below seem to tell opposing messages through their headlines but are in fact paralleled in their meaning. Make time for these two videos at some point today. Each are incredibly motivating and I can guarantee you’ll find yourself inspired.
1) Life is Easy, Jon Jandai
What a unique outlook on life. In this video, we’re presented with a humble farmer from eastern Thailand named Jon who uses the phrase “life is easy” as his mantra. However, he often follows this message with what he really means: “life is not complicated”.
Somehow along the way we find ways to complicate life, often through our wants and needs.
- “I need more money.”
- “I want a house” or “I want a larger house.”
- “I deserve that new promotion.”
- “If only I could buy those shoes.”
Limit your wants, because all you will ever have is what you have in the current moment.
That said, how those wants impact you matters. Do they bring you stress, or do they motivate you? That’s where video #2 comes in…
2) Easy is Not an Option, Russell O’Neill
Pretty awesome, right? The video compilation entitled Easy is Not an Option teaches us a few lessons, most notably that there are no guarantees in life. You have to take the risk, exert the action, and give the effort. The harder the battle, the sweeter the victory.
Together, these two videos give insight into momentum. There’s a delicate relationship that exists between slowing down and speeding up.
We’re all in a rush to become the next Steve Jobs, Tiger Woods, or Michael Jordan — to be ranked among the greats. Often we see articles of the youngest person to date accomplishing their dreams and ask ourselves “why not me?” and “why not now?” Here are some examples of questions that might offer more benefit:
- What is my process? How can it be improved?
- Why am I doing what I’m doing?
- What is the one thing that pumps me up so much that it makes me a better me? How can I incorporate this activity into my schedule so it’s the first thing I do in the morning?
In Ray White’s Connecting Happiness and Success, he offers evidence that a 90-day high, or halo effect, surrounds us following the accomplishment of commonly cited significant goals (raises, promotions, new cars, houses). Let’s say that theoretically, for the sake of example, you achieved a significant goal once every year. You will be spending the next 275 days back at your baseline. These are fine goals to have, but once we realize that the majority of our time is spent at the baseline, we realize how important it is to prioritize “happiness” (process) over “success” (outcome).
Different research from Cornerstone on Demand shows that the halo effect of a 10% pay raise lasts longer than a week, but less than a month and it only reduces quitting behavior by 5% — that’s less than a 1:1 return, input to desired output. What this tells me is that raises don’t really work from an employer or employee perspective. [the number one motivational reason cited for staying at a job was determined to be a good manager]. So if you’re looking for a raise, try setting more audacious goals to extend that halo effect.
So whatever your needs are: a new house, a new car, a big promotion… why are we in a rush to reach that goal? What you we going to do once you get there? What you become in the process is more important than the outcome itself. Find out the reasons that make you do what you do. Develop rituals and processes that reinforce your reason.
Balance the inertia. If we’re sitting idle, life can pass us by — do not lose sight of the goal. Know when to speed up and slow down, but stay in the present. Fall in love with your process and the outcomes will come into fruition. If you’re not in love with the process, you probably need to be doing something else.
Life is easy. Challenge yourself.