Face Challenge Easier

by Rachel Miller

May 10, 2022

ABOVE : Sven Mieke

When things happen that we don’t want to happen, we recoil. We hold back. We resist. We naturally protest when it’s hard, when it hurts–when we know it will hurt. We don’t want pain; we don’t want discomfort–even when we know it leads to a good thing. How do you make yourself more readily accept the hard thing to get to the desired result?


  • When you face something that you don’t feel like doing–it could be anything: getting up in the morning, walking up the stairs, starting a difficult task–think to yourself, “don’t judge, just do.” Don’t judge the discomfort you are likely to face, don’t judge your desire or lack thereof. Don’t think of it as “good” or “bad” or anything other than what it is: a simple fact.

  • Step toward the challenge body-first–without analyzing–without appraising the level of difficulty it entails. Notice the calm sense of mind this brings. Look at it, not as something desired or undesired. It just is what it is.

  • Regardless of how you look at it, you’re going to do it. It doesn’t matter if it’s good or bad; either way, it needs to get done. So, why create more agony for yourself? Why analyze? Take the analysis out of it and just go for it. Don’t judge; just do.

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