Why is something easy, hard?

Compound interest is something that fascinates me and is a talent that I focus on to become better at. 

The idea is simple; do something every day and it will pay off in the long run. Even with failures or setbacks.

This goes for investing, learning a new skill, eating healthy. You name it.

In essence, it’s super simple; it’s not about how you do it, but that you are doing it. Take, for example, running; I do this around 6times a week. I became stronger, faster over time. Running itself, just simple running is not that hard (for most people) 

Forget about how fast you are going. Just get your running shoes, get out, and run. Even if its just for 5min. Just run.

The next day you run for 6min.

Keep repeating this.

If you brake this down, into smaller steps, nothing is hard about this activity. Just get up, get your shoes, get outside, walk, then walk a little bit faster until you are running.

Done, that’s it.

But something about this practice is difficult, that I and many others struggle with turning this into a habit.

But why. 

It’s not that you have to do something that you are not able to do. Its just about setting one step, in front of the other. 

What is it, that makes doing something every day hard.

I can come up with some silly arguments. But once I write them down, I know this is not the truth. Not the real story.

I can say that it’s the story we tell ourselves, that it’s cold outside, still dark, or that we had a long day at work and that we are tired. But that is not what is really stopping us, because all these variables are very easy to embrace.

The body can easily run in the rain, or after a long day at work.

Nothing hard about that.

We can choose not to eat sugar all day.

Nothing hard about that.

Why is everything easy in life, hard?

I have no idea.

And maybe, it’s because… 

There is no real answer to it.

And that something easy, is just plain and simple… 

Easy.