Bend Without Breaking

I think my life would be easier if I lived in a less expensive city than Los Angeles.

I’m glad to be living in Los Angeles.

I think my life would be easier if everyone agreed with my opinions.

I’m glad to have friends who disagree with my opinions.

I think my life would be easier if I didn’t have the responsibilities that come with running a business.

I’m glad to be running a business.

I think my life would be easier if I didn’t make time to write this blog post today.

I’m glad I’m writing this blog post.

I think my life would be easier if…

You get the point: “Easier” isn’t necessarily “better.”

It doesn’t feel easy when you’re being stretched, but that’s precisely how we develop the ability to stay loose. The alternative is becoming uptight, rigid, and stiff. How’s that for having it easy?

I can’t tell you what makes for a good life, but I can tell you what makes for a good person: it’s the ability to adapt in the face of agitation or adversity.

The next time you feel stretched, take it as a personal invitation to become less rigid in your thinking and more flexible with the systems/strategies you use to manage the things that command your attention.

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TK Coleman is the Education Director for Praxis. He has coached dozens of young people and top performers from all stages of life. He’s the author of hundreds of articles and is a frequent speaker on education, entrepreneurship, freedom, personal growth, and creativity. TK is a relentless learner, has been involved in numerous startups, and has professional experience ranging from the entertainment to financial services industries and academia. Above all else, TK is on a mission to help people embrace their own power and expand their own possibilities.

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