Everyone loves a life hack.
There are certain people who have made a living off of it. Doing the hard work of researching and finding out how to make life easier for you, so you don't have to.
Now if you haven't cottoned on to skewed logic in that premise, I invite you to stop reading.
Really. Stop reading.
Approach the nearest wall. Bang your head on it repeatedly until you lose consiousness.
Everyone wants to lose fat, the body of an adonis, yet few are prepared to put in the time and effort to get the results. The days, the hours and even the years required.
Many more want to be millionaire entrepreneurs. They want short cuts, they want it now. They seek the easy way. They don't want to make the sacrifices, they don't want to graft. They want it handed to them, wrapped up in a neat little box.
They want something for nothing.
Well, I've got something to tell you.
Life hacking the real work, means that you can't hack life.
You're not built for this. You are not prepared to do what needs to be done, to get what you want in real tangible terms.
You love the idea, the fantasy.
The're is a great quote (who's said it I can't remember) that goes,
"The reason that so many people miss an opportunity is because it often comes dressed in overalls and looks like hard work."
If you have ever ever listened to Arnold Schwarzenegger's 6 Rules of Success ( I suggest you do) you will know that rule number 5 is Work your butt off. Don't be afraid of hard work, as the big man says
"You can't climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pocket."
But it's not just about success (as deemed by western society).
So what am I talking about?
The real work is the inner work. And it's often hard (but not always).
You may fool yourself into thinking that you can life hack external stuff, but that is short lived. Want to get healthier? Who do you need to be make that happen? what changes do you need to make in your beliefs about yourself? Because I can assure you, hacking external action will be short lived.
Bullet proof this; Herbal death that.
It's the internal work, the real work,that will give you the long term power to make real and lasting change.
Yes it's uncomfortable. Yes it will hurt a bit. Real change does.
Change causes movement, movement causes friction, friction causes pain.
My point is this.
It's through the journey that you forge the kind of person who you need to be, and develop the skills that you require to get where you need to go. To secure the future that you want.
If you life hack everything, you rob yourself of that experience. Deny yourself the learning that could very well be saving you from making similar mistakes, ones that you will end up just attempting to hack with a "band aid" type solution.
When it comes to your training, don't look for the quickest way, look for the most effective way.
When it comes to your nutrition, stop confusing convenient with healthy.
When it comes to your relationships, stop reading "10 ways too..." and start doing the work of really communicating. Getting it wrong. Learning, and then getting better at it.
Know who you are and who you are not.
Fuck life hacks.