It turns out, what is generally known as the “law of least effort” applies to cognitive as well as physical exertion. Many of you have often heard me express my belief that one cannot truly have a healthy mind if they do not have a healthy body, and vice versa. It is all one in the same.
The law if least effort asserts that if their are options for people, that they believe will lead to the same goal, people will initially gravitate to the least demanding course of action. Overtime, that individual will likely continue to slip further into the direction of the least demanding paths — even if taking those paths will make it impossible to ever attain the goals they initially set out for.
They literally reach a point of comfort that blinds them, rather gives them a sudden case of amnesia — and so, they forget the mountain they set off to climb. They forget their dreams.
In the economy of health and wellness, physical exertion and effort is the cost, and the acquisition of new skills (such as snatches, muscle ups, handstand walks etc.) is driven by the balance of benefits (healthier body) and costs (blood sweat and tears).
Unfortunately it is just a fact that laziness is built deep within our nature.
Well, in short, it’s because promising opportunities once (mostly) meant improved chances of survival.
Today “opportunities” to have “fun” usually lead to heart disease and diabetes.
Only today, those sources of quick fuel are largely linked to artificial garbage.
Quick fuel is easy.
Not putting in a conscious* effort is easy.
The answer is, it is 100% neurological.
Only our tendencies shift in correlation to the ripples we make (refer to ripple talk post) - the waves we ride, which are dictated by the currents we’ve created.
Which is to say, when you see someone else making some feat look “so easy” — it’s probably because to them, it probably is. Like a master chess player, or skilled pianist.
Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihali specializes in studying why some people can complete tasks over long periods of time without having to exert as much will power as others. A state of effortless attending, which he proposed be called “flow.”
Applaud yourself daily for your efforts. For paying your bill. It is not easy. However putting in an effort demands that circumstances NOT be easy. Remember that overtime, you don’t wish for easy, you’re wishing for efficiency.
Enjoy each day. Even your worst days.
Time flys when you’re having fun, and remember, go with the flow