The Difference Between “Hard” and “Lots of Work”

When something is hard because it doesn’t feel right, yet you know you would otherwise have the willingness and energy to put behind it, then you have friction in your business and you’re out of alignment.

by | Jan 30, 2018 | 0 comments

The Difference Between “Hard” and “Lots of Work”

I’ve heard this a few times with my potential customers – “This just seems too hard”, “I don’t want it to be so hard”, and so on. ⠀

We use the word “hard” whenever we feel resistance to something. But it’s worth noticing where that resistance is coming from, because then we know how to make it less “hard”.⠀

There is a difference between something being hard, and something being lots of work, yet I hear them used interchangeably.⠀

When something is hard because it doesn’t feel right yet you know you would otherwise have the willingness and energy to put behind it, then you have friction in your business and you’re out of alignment. ⠀

You need to look at your business model, the design of your offers, the customers you are trying to serve, and figure out where something is just not right.⠀

Whereas if your resistance is coming from something just feeling like too much work, but the alignment is there, it’s likely that you would happily put that work in if you could just relieve your schedule a bit. ⠀

Look at your workload and figure out where you’re prioritizing your time. Look at what’s taking up all the hours, and align your schedule to your priorities instead of all the things that don’t feel right. ⠀

Or, maybe it feels hard because it’s just a big project and you are unsure of how to start. In that case, take a baby step. Find the first little thing you can do to get started and go from there. Build yourself a plan and break it down to bite-sized pieces.⠀

When you notice yourself saying, thinking or feeling “this is hard”, take a minute to do the assessment:⠀

Would I be willing to do the work for something that felt right?⠀
Am I really that interested in achieving this outcome?⠀
Do I know what my starting point is?⠀
Can I clear away time for this work?⠀

Notice your responses to these questions and let them guide you to the right path for making your work less “hard”. Your enlightenment lies either in better alignment or better planning. ⠀

Tell me in the comments…

What’s feeling “hard” in your business right now? Is it an issue with alignment or an issue with planning?

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Stephanie Hayes Business Strategist and Coach for Small Business and Entrepreneurs. What to do when you're feeling stuck in your business? How to scale your business to get sustainable growth? Stephanie is a business success coach for experienced entrepreneurs, creating detailed business models and plans (Vancouver).

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