“Is it hard? Not if you have the right attitude. It’s having the right attitudes that’s hard.”
- Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
In my experience, it’s not so much having the right attitude as it is sustaining the right attitude. High spirits are easy to come by at the beginning stages of the game. But travel a little further down the road and it’s usually a barren land. I believe this is what causes most of us to not go after what we want.
“There are no traffic jams along the extra mile”
– Roger Staubach
So why do most people give up as they get further down the road? Why is the attitude right in the beginning and wrong later on? Well things do get tougher as you progress. If you’re doing math things get more complicated. Workouts get harder as you improve.
I can’t really say what makes the harder things easier. What I do know is that as things get harder, we lose sight of why we’re doing it in the first place. We forget the dream that we originally had.
A lot of times I fantasize about playing music in front of a crowd, but when I sit down to write, the dream dissipates and I just think about how difficult and tedious writing is. How do I combat this?
“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche
I hate when people say things that they believe to be true for everyone. But I’m going to do it here. Most people who push past any difficulty have a reason to do so. If you don’t have a reason, it gets very hard. In fact, it’s hard getting through the day-to-day errands of waking up, making lunch, and taking out the trash if you don’t have an underlying reason. This is what happens during depression. When depressed, people often ask the question “What’s the point?” because their reason is totally lost.
Having a compelling why will change the attitude. The right attitude is difficult to achieve, but with a clearly defined motive to remind ourselves of, we can get through a lot.