“Hard choices, easy life. Easy choices, hard life.” – Jerzy Gregorek.
The quote really speaks for itself. So how can we implement this in our lives?
1. Make a list of all the hard choices you have decided not to make but think would be good if you did.
2. Next to each of those hard choices, write what you think your life would be like in 3 to 6 months, or even 1-2 years, if you made that hard choice.
I can tell you from experience that making those hard choices can have a huge impact on your life.
The secret is that the one hard choice isn't enough.
You have to keep making the hard choices day after day and remind yourself of the hard choice you are making.
Otherwise, you will not get the result of your initial hard choice.
When I quit my job at the insurance company, I made the hard choice to quit and go back to school. I put myself in a situation that I had to make the hard choice to study and learn and gain skills every day. The intensity was sustained. And after a few weeks, it became normal. it didn't feel hard anymore, but thinking back, it was still hard compared to what the "easy choice" of (doing nothing) was.
From your list, choose the hard choice you want to make right now, but haven't had the guts to do.
1. Write down this hard choice on a fresh piece of paper
2. Write down what hard choices you will have to make every day to maintain the intensity of the first hard choice.
3. Look back at the result you expect from making the hard choice. (You already wrote this down earlier). Visualize the result of your hard work.
Is it worth it?
Save Money Retire Early is written by Jon Lo, a barely 30 something change optimist, and personal finance guy. I believe anyone can be rich or poor, it's what you save that makes the difference.