‘It’s easy” is one of the most misunderstood phrases that we regularly use. Most commonly used with either ideas or solutions, it implies that little effort is needed to get to a stated outcome.
People can make things look easy when all we see is the last few steps of their journey. The athlete who astounds us by her skill never shows us the never ending hours of practice that led them to their moment.
While effort is evident and necessary for success, self-discipline and mindfulness are the keys to making something appear easy. Strong self-discipline helps you achieve sucess by helping you be consistent and undistracted while pursuing your goal. It also prepares you for the reality that nothing happens in a day.
Mindfulness helps you process what you see and what you learn in order to make adjustments that will lead to a more certain end result of success. It also prepares us for the many small details that are needed to be attended to in order to achieve a much broader goal.
I find that people who use the phrase “it’s easy” have neither the necessary self-discipline nor mindfulness to carry out to completion what they are describing as being easy.
Are you one of them?