[Post by Cliff Harvey]
I know that it may not be the 'thing to do' to admit to wanting things the 'easy way', but if we are realistic about why we do many (many...) things in life, we do it for that exact purpose: To make things easier...
The key is to not always seek the easy way 'out' but to do what you have to do to make the things that matter easier...
So while we might always want for everything to be easy, we realise that to achieve the really BIG goals in life we need to do the hard work at times when we could just as easily not...but in doing so we actually make the big events that much easier and put ourselves in a better place to transcend and if we don't do any of the difficult work everything will eventually be difficult.
Some would disagree with this assessment, but I have seen in so many of the sports that I've been involved in that when I started they were so difficult I was actually scared. Literally, freakin' scared.
I remember when I first started sparring against good opponents in boxing I was a ball of anxiety. As I did more and more rounds it became 'easier'. It was still tough, but the 'want to run for the door', 'crap your pants' fear wasn't there. And that made the whole process more comfortable.
I've found the same thing with public speaking. I now find the whole process comfortable, invigorating and fun! But when I started I was scared shitless! But I knew the gain would be so much greater than the initial discomfort.
The same thing happened with releasing my first book, competing in my first submission grappling tournament and many more instances.
The initial discomfort helps to make it more comfortable and that's when we can begin to be in the flow of what 'is' and truly begin to develop a higher level of skills and achieve at a higher level, a level of mastery.
As my good friend Darren Ellis of CrossFit New Zealand has said to me: "The more you sweat in training the less you bleed in battle."