The Difference Between Easy and Simple

Easy: achieved without great effort; presenting few difficulties.

Simple: used to convey that something is very straightforward.

Change, for the better can be simple, but the execution of the simpleness can be very hard.

For example, someone trying to lose weight knows that all they have to do is eat healthy and exercise for thirty minutes a day; this is simple, but not easy.

On the other hand, the same person knows that if they continue to eat poorly and exercise infrequently their health problems will continue to grow; this is a complicated situation, but easy to carry out.

The issue between what is easy and what is simple is the way it is easier for the mind to talk you out of the simple, smarter choices.

The reason is because we have created routines, habits and patterns, which are difficult to break. Our brain is working against us, when we try to form new habits and patterns, we need to literally fight ourselves. How to break them can be easy, by creating a new routine, but executing the creation of a new routine can be very, very, very hard.

So how do we make something simple easier to execute?

I notice that when I start making one positive change in my life, I want to change everything, right away. I want to improve all facets of my life, get overwhelmed, quit doing everything and end up ordering takeout and watching too much Netflix.

Now, I take it one month at a time. I make one clear goal, per month, so that means I have thirty days to create one habit, before adding another into the schedule.

Earlier this year, I did thirty days of weight training. This month, I am doing 30 hot yoga sessions in 30 days. Next month, I am going to start training for my third half marathon. One goal per month is much easier to digest. Focus on one improvement at a time and the changes for success increase and the improvements will start to stack up, I promise.

It can be so easy to say, “I am not ordering takeout for thirty days,” and then, three days later, the pizza man is smiling at your door. Do not sweat it. Accept the misstep and commit to making smarter choices in the future. Identify where and why you failed. Where was the struggle that hardest? Are you tempted on the weekend? Does a stressful day at work always get to you? Where could you be more organized? Can you plan better? Who can help you with this? A buddy is also better on a tough journey.

Be fair with yourself and honest. If sixty minutes is not going to happen, do not commit to it. Start small and even if fifteen minutes seems insignificant to you, it does add up, so do not devalue your effort for a better self.

Figure out what you need to do, this is the easy part, now make yourself accountable, this is the extremely hard part. Also, determine resources, tools and techniques to keep you on track or to support you, if you do fall off of your intended path.

The road is not easy, but the destination will be worth it, it always is; the harder the journey, the greater the destination.

I write about issues that are near and dear to my heart, with the hope that my stories, experiences, and struggles may empower others:

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