Do the Difficult

Do the Difficult by Coach Jared MacDonald

It’s too hard. I am not capable. I can’t. These and many iterations of the same prevent many people from even starting, let alone succeeding, a path toward positive change. That change seeked can be physical, intellectual, professional, etc. They all share the same intimidation factor and once we allow that voice of fear to overwhelm our rational minds we give up and fail to begin. If this something you are struggling with in your own journey I want to encourage to be bigger than the fear. Don’t ignore, overcome it, use it for fuel! Below are six strategic steps to help keep you motivated and strengthen your resolve. Doing the difficult is a lot like physical exercise, the more repetitions you complete, the stronger you become.

  1. Brainstorm: Allow your mind to wander freely and allow yourself to create critical ideas
  2. Plan: Fail to plan, plan to fail and all that. A good plan will help you keep moving forward while trying to complete the difficult. The plan is your guide. Seek wisdom and guidance from trusted sources to help you plan.
  3. Commit: This step is crucial but often overlooked. If you want to succeed you must commit. A lot of times people look for the easy answer or pathway. Sometimes that works, but for the difficult it usually takes you on a long winding journey to nowhere. Share your commitment with someone to help hold you accountable.
  4. Relax: This may seem counterintuitive but it’s an important step and one you may need to come back to repeatedly. Relax your mind, breathe. Most difficult journeys are long and you will need to relax and refocus. If you rely on the initial rush of adrenaline to sustain your efforts you will tire and become overwhelmed. Rely on friends, family, or professionals to help you relax, restore energy, and quiet the mind.
  5. Overcome: Every difficult journey is going to have obstacles, otherwise it would not be difficult. Obstacles are not only in the way, they are the way. Overcome them, don’t try and go around if they are the way. Keep pushing forward. Seek out those who have succeeded in the same or similar situation for suggestions or help on obstacles in your path.
  6. Enjoy: This is a difficult idea but it will help you succeed. Enjoy the process, be flexible in your approach but rigid in your destination. Celebrate small victories. Reflect on how far you have come and don’t dwell on how far you have to go to reach the pinnacle. Share your successes and failures with others.

“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.” Seneca

“All things are difficult before they are easy” Thomas Fuller

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall” Confucious

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It’s a Sabotage

You might not have planned it, but you’ve got to set it straight! The human mind is an excellent problem solver and able to do amazing tasks. But that same mind is capable of creating, perceiving, and believing ideas that are unaligned with reality and able to sabotage our efforts before we ever begin. Self limiting mindsets and behaviors are a huge hurdle to change our ultimate success. The story our minds perceive and repeat like a mantra becomes our reality, even when that reality has no basis in truth. How unfortunate that we can be our own worst enemy! Below are 3 ideas, 2 quotes, and 1 action step to help you reframe your mindset and avoid self limitations.

3 Ideas

Almost all self limiting thoughts begin with “I”. How you define yourself will determine your outcomes. Sure, sometimes things work out or we get unlucky through no fault of our own. But success or failure are not terminal destinations. Both take effort. How often are you telling yourself “I can’t…. I don’t have enough time…I am an idiot…., etc? When we repeat these statements over and over we begin to become the outcome we state. Now, I’m not saying you need to be delusional and just say you can do something and it will happen, but try saying “I can’t YET, I need to find time for…I don’t know but I can find out”. Acknowledge that your goals will require change and effort, something most everyone is capable of putting forth. Time is a social construct, if you find yourself saying “I don’t have time” try saying “I choose not to do x,y,z” how do you feel about your choice? If you feel good then that task or commitment probably isn’t serving your goals. Feel a little guilty? Then you may be blaming time when instead you are choosing to avoid something that is important to your success.

Self limitations are a judgment. Quit judging yourself and assuming others’ judgment of you unfairly. How do you know the answer? Is it based in reality or your perception. Why are you concerned with what others think of you? Most likely they are not, and if they are, why does it matter? Have they stated a judgement or have you created it in your own mind? Are you comparing yourself to others and avoiding trying something because you are scared of falling short of someone else’s accomplishments? This is child-like; life is not a zero sum game. We can all be winners in the game of life and the score doesn’t matter. What matters is if you are achieving what you define as success, not someone else’s definition of success, or your perception of someone else’s definition.

Self limitation is a protection against failure. First, let’s think about failure. What is failure? Just because you do not reach your goal does not mean you are a failure. You have learned something, now try again with experience. Too many times we allow shortcomings in one area of life to affect all areas of life. We do this because we know the pain of not succeeding and want to avoid that at almost any cost. Behavioral economists define this as “loss aversion” (the pain and fear of loss is greater than the joy and gain of success) and it causes us to behave irrationally and become so risk averse we don’t even try. You are a human though, and mistakes and failure are a part of the human condition. No one is perfect, quit letting perfection sabotage you.


“The answer is always NO if you don’t ask/try”- Bill Brown USMC

“Everything you want is on the other side of fear”-Jack Canfield

1 Action

If you identify (you most likely do) with one of the ideas above, work on what is known as NLP (Neuro Linguistic Feedback). This is a fancy way of saying reframe your mindset through the words you tell yourself. Instead of ‘I can’t”, tell yourself “I can’t yet!” One statement is terminal and the other leaves room for improvement. They seem similar but they are wildly different in their affect on self limiting beliefs and behavior. No failure, only feedback.

Written with ❤️ by Coach Jared MacDonald



Most of us love to cook but there also comes a point when we either don’t have time or simply don’t feel like it. That’s why cooking one large serving of protein at the beginning of the week can come in handy throughout the week. It will save you time and the tips below will offer you suggestions on how to change it up so it doesn’t feel like you’re eating the exact same meal all week.

Your protein doesn’t have to be a meat-based product. Try cooking up a pot of beans and repurposing them throughout the week. If you are vegetarian or vegan, these would also apply to the “impossible” line of products and tofu.

Cook a large batch of protein, based on your family’s needs. For a family of 2, this might only mean cooking 1-2 pounds of meat. For a family with 3 teenage boys, you might need to cook a little more than that. Most cooked meat will safely last 3-4 days in the refrigerator under proper storage conditions. Once you have your protein, here are some creative ways to use it.

Use it atop a salad or crunchy slaw
In a lettuce wrap
As a taco or burrito
In a bowl, served with brown rice, your favorite grain (farro or quinoa are excellent!), or cauliflower rice
Use it in a soup
Sautee veggies and add in protein toward the end to warm it up
Use it to stuff veggies (think stuffed bell peppers or stuffed squash)
Eat it atop a slice of veggies (use cucumber for crackers and top with chicken)
Make it into a pasta dish; You can use whole wheat spaghetti, lentil or veggie pasta (zoodles!)
Add veggies and protein to a baking dish, sprinkle with a little cheese, and bake as a casserole

Spice it Up!
Try different kinds of sauces to change the flavor each time you eat. Maybe you made taco meat, so the first time you eat your taco salad, use yogurt and guacamole, then make a taco bowl with a tomatillo sauce for a new zing.

Think Outside the Box
If you make a basic protein, with only basic seasonings (salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder), your possibilities are unlimited. If you have chicken, you can add hot sauce to make it taste like buffalo chicken, make a chicken salad, or fajitas. You can drastically transform your protein based on the condiments you add to it.

When You Get Tired
Maybe you don’t want to eat the same protein all week, I get it. You can still put your pre-cooked protein in the freezer and save time later. Portion your protein into manageable sizes for your family (½ pound, 1 pound, whatever works for you), and freeze multiple bags of it. Next time, you don’t know what to cook (or don’t want to), you simply have to thaw your pre-package AND pre-cooked bag of protein!

💻Written with ❤️ by Coach Amanda Reynolds