Always Choose the Harder Option

A solid life advice that I swear by is that “whenever you have a choice to make, always go with the harder option”. It's worked well for me so far.

Always Choose the Harder Option

Hey readers 👋

A few years back, I came across a blog post (or perhaps a tweet) that went something along the lines of “whenever you have a choice to make, always go with the harder option”.

This notion ties in well with one of my favourite quotes by the legendary speaker, author, and motivator, Les Brown - “if you do what is easy, your life will be hard”.

If you have a choice to make between sitting on the sofa, watching TV and ordering pizza, or going to the gym, you should pick the harder option and head to the gym.

These micro choices we make on a regular basis will have a significant impact on our lives. Consistently doing the harder thing will lead you to build the resilience and habits required to help you succeed in the future.

The short term pain would be far outweighed by the long term happiness and success.

Have an awesome week ahead 🤩

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