Baby chick…

In Willpower Doesn’t Work, Benjamin Hardy makes a great point about human nature.

“Instead of doing a small amount of work for a lifetime of benefits, people avoid a small amount of work for a lifetime of pain and frustration.”

I was talking to a friend earlier today and we got on the topic of exercise. I told her about how I exercise every morning.

She looked me up and down with a shocked expression and said, “Why?!”

As if people who are thin shouldn’t “have to” work out.

I explained that I do it to stay healthy, have more energy through the day, and it’s a discipline that fosters mental strength and grit.

It’s something simple that I can invest 30-45 minutes toward every day that has massive compounding effects in every other area of my life.

It’s just one the many small habits that I do every day. Each one takes work, but by not avoiding a “little bit of work,” I’m avoiding a “lifetime of pain and frustration.”

Strengthening my mind, body, spirit, business, and relationships.

Sometimes it’s a struggle. I don’t necessarily wake up every single morning ready to put in those incremental amounts of work.

But I do it anyway because I don’t want to suffer from a lifetime of health issues or look back on my life and wonder where it all went.

Hardy expands on this idea in the book with a fitting analogy:

“When a baby chick is trying to break out of its shell, it struggles. If you watch, you can feel terrible for the baby chick. You may even be tempted to help that chick by breaking its shell. But if you do this, you won’t help the baby long-term. Actually, you’ll probably kill the chick, because the very struggle of breaking out of the shell is what gives it strength to survive. Without struggle, the bird wouldn’t survive. It would remain weak and dependent. Similarly, you need to struggle if you’re going to break out of your shell.”

Have you ever seen a chick break out of an egg shell? It’s captivating. It’s hard to look away.

After I read that passage, I got on YouTube and watched it.

There really is this urge to help this poor defenseless creature. You might not be able to physically help him, but you can’t resist the urge to cheer the little guy on!

It’s inspiring.

It’s the epitome of a captivating story. There needs to be pain to appreciate the progress.

Or, you can just remain in “the shell”—unwilling to put in a little work—and be destined for “a lifetime of pain and frustration.”

It’s way more inspiring and worth the exra struggle to break free of the shell to go after a “lifetime of benefits.”

There is pain in progress.

Be the chick.

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