Shanda Sumpter, Queen Visionary of HeartCore Business™ recently shared a mantra she heard from a member of her mastermind group. It was so powerful, she said, that she wanted to share it with YOU:

“Life is hard when you live it the easy way, and life is easy when you live it the hard way.”

In other words, when you continually choose to do the things you know you need to do, life becomes increasingly easier. You attract success and abundance. When you fail on your commitments, you’re taking the easy way—and you’re repelling success.

What does living the easy way look like? It looks like slipping back into your comfort zone when things get tough.

For example, if you’re in the middle of a big project, and things aren’t going well, you feel defeated. Instead of pushing through—doing things the hard way—you choose to do other activities, tasks or projects that you feel better at.

It looks like not finishing a project, changing course because you’re bored or it’s not turning out the way you thought it would (of course, you can always course correct, but there’s a difference between quitting altogether and analyzing what’s going wrong, so you can adjust as you make your way toward the finish line).

If you get into the habit of taking the easy route, living the easy way, you start to make decisions based on what FEELS easier—not on what you need to do to reach your goals and make your vision reality.

You never gain traction, you sabotage your success and abundance, and life feels hard.

On the other hand, if you focus on living your life the hard way, focusing on getting through the things that feel hard right now, you’ll begin to experience success and abundance and you’ll actually feel like life is easier.

What does living life the hard way look like?

It looks like keeping your promises to yourself—no excuses. If you say you’re going to get up at 5 a.m. every day and go for a run, you do it. If you say you’re going to launch a summit or an email campaign, do it. Finish it. Follow through.

It looks like continuing to pursue a goal, even when it feels impossible or overwhelming or like it’s never going to happen.

If you get into the habit of living the hard way, you will free yourself up. Life will FEEL easy.

Watch the people around you, and you’ll start picking up on the clues. You’ll realize that the people that have the biggest explosions have been choosing the hard way on a regular basis.

They get their workouts in, they complete their to-do lists, they push through when the going gets tough.

We invite you, for the next 30 days, to take on the mantra: “Life is hard when you live it the easy way, and life is easy when you live it the hard way.”

… and test it. Write the mantra down, put it up on your wall, and track your achievements. Every evening, ask yourself whether you chose the easy way or the hard way when things came up.

(And we all know, things come up every day. We have the choice to walk toward the hard, toward the resistance, and get things done, or to pull back and choose the easier route—and sabotage ourselves.)

If you choose to operate like this, you’re going to free yourself up to access the things you want to access. Life is easier when you actually make a commitment to live it the hard way! Let us know in the comments section if you’re REALLY going to COMMIT. 

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