The number one problem with chasing life hacks
Is it me, or is everyone chasing the life hack?
As I’m working at building up the content on the blog, and writing up my ideas into a book, I frequently speak to other professionals about how I can best get my message out there.
During one such conversation this week it was suggested that I plan content that delivers the latest life hacks. Because everyone is looking for those hacks right now. It’s the buzzword of the moment.
Looking around it certainly appears to be correct. I’m seeing the latest hacks promoted all over the place.
But I’m afraid I can’t bring myself to jump on the bandwagon just yet. Because there is one major problem that I have with the quest for the life hack.
It encourages people to cut corners before they’ve earned the right to.
Now don’t get me wrong, there is a time and a place for everything. And in the right context I have no issue with having a little hack in your toolkit. But to truly be effective they need to be utilised upon a strong foundation.
And 99% of the ideas I try to share are really just about getting good at the basics. As that’s where 99% of your results will come from anyway.
If you don’t have the basics nailed then what difference is a cheeky little life hack going to make?
Think about it for a moment.
If you’re in good health with your hormones optimised, and your gut health in order, then you can get away with a bit of flexible dieting.
If you have a solid foundation of physical fitness based on years of gym work, then you can take advantage of a few tricks to cut really quickly. Even if you only booked that holiday at short notice.
And if you train your mind regularly and keep yourself sharp, you can incorporate some pretty neat techniques, to cram for that exam in the 11th hour.
But the caveat for me is that it still requires a solid foundation.You need to have done the work in order to be able to really benefit from many of the little tricks that are thrown around.
The best kept secret is that there is no secret at all
When you point out the obvious, that there really is no secret, most people will tell you that they already knew that anyway. But that’s not quite going to cut it with me I’m afraid.
To know and not to do, is not yet to know. If they really knew it they’d knuckle down and make the progress.
The real secret to living a phenomenal life is building a daily routine for yourself. Incorporating the disciplines which you know you need to include in your regimen and making them your habits.
Each one of us is a spiritual being having a physical experience, and spirit is always for expansion. If you’re not growing then by default you’re in a state of decay. There is no such thing as just standing on the spot. Everything is always moving, and all you have to do is keep it moving in the right direction.
The problem when people first hear this is that it initially sounds like one big negative. It sounds like a lot more work than it actually is. Which is the greatest illusion of all.
What is really hard is the stop start approach most people take to their goals. They smash it for a 30 day challenge, put their feet up, then wonder why they’re soon back where they started. Only to ramp it up again for another huge effort to try and repeat their previous successes. Though it just seems to get harder each time.
The knowledge that it just get’s harder naturally leads to people seeking that good old path of least resistance. And scanning the online world for that coveted life hack. After all, how does everyone else manage to get the job done?
Daily disciplines IS the path of least resistance
It’s a ground breaking moment for people, when they realise that the easiest route is to just knuckle down and do the work. Sometimes the obstacle in your way IS the way.
I know right?
This is simply because we don’t always get the results we fight tooth and nail for. We get the results that match who we are.
And what we do on a daily basis very soon becomes who we are. Building a momentum that takes on a life of it’s own.
Become the change you want to see.
That’s very different to not really wanting to change at all. With the idea that you can just throw in a life hack, and achieve a result that doesn’t match who you really are?
With that in mind I’m urging you to look at life hacks differently when they are presented to you.
Is it really the short cut it is packaged as?
Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with finding a smoother path forward. There is no glory in making your life hard work for the sake of it.
But the real route forwards is growth.
Don’t wish for your challenges to be easier, wish to be stronger. Because as you grow bigger than your challenges you’ll see that growth IS the easy path.
Of course, you’ll likely just seek bigger and bigger challenges in time, as you continue your journey.
Though that’s half the fun.
How are your daily disciplines serving you?
And what new habit could you work at adding to your routine?
It doesn’t even have to be anything big. It just has to be daily.
Consistency is the key.
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