When it comes to what we want to do in life, that’s the worst thing we can hear. “Anybody can.” Who dreams of working at McDonald’s? Anybody can. That’s why no one dreams of working there.
Now let’s apply that to small daily habits.
Here’s what I mean:
When I was young(er), I was more lazy than I am now. I would try to dodge everything uncomfortable: work, exercise, delayed gratification. I was all about the easy road. The ‘right now.’ I was a child physically, and mentally. I was soft.
One Friday, it was time to get up at 4:15am and go with my dad to our church where we helped cook the weekly men’s breakfast. It was always a nice gathering of well respected men. Donations were preferred, and all the men that attended dropped 2 or 3 bucks in the basket on their way in. Breakfast was at 6. Why was I suffering unduly? I pleaded with my dad to let me skip the breakfast and sleep until school started. Why did we have to suffer? WHY?!?! None of the other kids at school had to get up that early. Dear god, why me?
I asked him in one word. “Why?”
"Because anybody can do the minimum."
He left the rest up to me.
Looking back, that mentality stuck with me wherever I went.
Choose. The. Hard. Road. (Not everyone can). The magic happens when we go above and beyond what is expected. All the time.