Wisdom From Lao Tzu
“Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”
Do The Difficult Things While They Are Easy
Humans are born procrastinators – we put off things until the very last minute, be it an essay, a speech, the payment of a bill, the arranging on a social event.
“I’ll do it tomorrow”
Do not put off ’till tomorrow the things that you can do today.
We take comfort in the fact that we don’t have to move an inch today as we’ve promised ourselves we’ll move the full mile and get the thing done tomorrow.
We overestimate our willpower and we sabotage ourselves.
One of the cognitive biases hardwired into our brain is the over-estimation of our ability in the future.
If we don’t have iron willpower today we’re sure as hell not going to have it tomorrow by constantly delaying and postponing things.
We must understand that time will never reverse…
Entropy, the gradual decline into disorder (things becoming more chaotic as time passes) will affect us all.
As Stephen Hawking says, there are 3 types of time:
- Psychological time – the time you spend at work, with friends etc.
- Cosmological time – the universe
- Thermodynamic time – energy etc.
As Seneca said in ‘On The Shortness Of Life’
“Life is long, if you know how to use it.”
Focus your energy and time improving your life in all aspects (health, wealth etc).
Failure to take action and better yourself will leave you a victim to entropy – with decaying wealth and decaying health.
We are not guaranteed tomorrow so don’t always plan so far into the future – begin to live and get shit done immediately as expectancy is the enemy.
Prepare yourself, be ready to run the proverbial marathon that life may throw at you at any time!
You must have force of will and faith (feel success before you grasp it).
“Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small.”
Apply This To Your Health
- Start your new diet today
- Begin counting calories today
- Throw out all the processed junk that litters your fridge and kitchen cupboards
- Set up an account on MyFitnessPal
- Prepare your meals for tomorrow
Apply This To Your Fitness
- Perform 15 minutes of mobility work with a tennis ball
- Hit some intervals and get a sweat going
- Set up a diary ready to log your future workouts
- Pack your gym bag for the following day so all you need to do is walk out the door
- Set aside a pre-workout beverage or pre-workout meal
Apply This To Your Wealth & Business Ventures
- Note down your ideas in a journal
- Buy a domain name
- Configure an automatic savings plan on your bank account
- Unsubscribe and get rid of all the unnecessary money-eating bills you don’t need
Apply This To Your Knowledge
- Read a book
- Download some audiobooks onto a USB to listen to in the car
- Scroll through a book summary or two on Blinkist
Pay The Price Today On Your Terms, Or Endure The Pain Tomorrow
No one else is going to make you do these things, you don’t have to pursue a quest of betterment… but you’ll wish you did in the future…
It’s easy to get in shape and build muscle when you’re young and your testosterone and energy levels are high.
It’s easy to save money when you’ve got a decent income
It’s easy to stretch and work on your flexibility and mobility today as opposed to when you’re injured and old
So what are you going to do?