If you think about it, nothing that comes easy is worth as much as those things that require effort. I love that line in
A League of Their Own where Gina Davis’ character Dottie is quitting the team and she tells her manager, played by Tom Hanks, “It just got too hard.” His reply is perfect: “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.”
Dang. “The hard is what makes it great.” That’s good stuff, isn’t it? It reminds me of the week-long backpacking trips our youth group would take into the High Sierra’s when I was a teenager. I was just 5 feet tall and flirting with 100 pounds, and we would carry these 35-pound backpacks up-up-up into the most beautiful, unadulterated wilderness areas. And once in a while someone would whine, like only a teenager can, “This is haaard!” And one of my parents would say, “Sure it’s hard. If it wasn’t hard, everybody would do this.” (I’m pretty sure they stole that line from my dad and put it in their movie.)
Man, we would nurse the bruises on our hips the whole week we were up there (a 35-pound backpack will leave quite an impression on your body after 20 miles of uphill hiking). But we loved our time together in nature, and the idea that very few others were willing to sweat and hurt and suffer and work to get there? Well, that made it all the sweeter. Those days are still among my very favorite in life.
What about you? What are you giving up on because it’s haaaard? Are you letting your marriage atrophy because it’s too hard to find time to truly nurture it? Are you letting prospects go to someone else because it’s hard to make sales calls? Are you letting your health deteriorate because it’s hard to exercise or put down the junk food?
Yeah, these things are hard. Great marriages, great businesses, great lives–creating them is hard. But consider this: maybe they don’t become great IN SPITE OF how difficult it is to make them so. Maybe the hard IS what makes them great.