You think that sitting down in front of the TV for an hour or two will help you relax.  Or maybe browsing the Internet.  But somehow those things don’t produce that feeling.  Instead you feel just as tired when you are done (maybe even more tired) and you have the sure feeling that you’ve wasted time.  What helps more, paradoxically, is doing something you don’t really want to do.  Even something you can’t do.  Something you don’t know how to do.  Maybe it’s playing an instrument, painting a picture, building a cabinet, cooking a meal that you’ve never made, thinking up a unique business idea, writing a blog post like this one.  You might know how to do it to a point, but there’s always parts of any skill that challenges you.  And you won’t feel like doing it.  You’ll want to resist putting forth the effort, moving around and straining your brain.

But the feeling that comes afterwards proves the point.  Not only right afterward, but months and years later as you experience the compound effects of continuous improvement.  Then things change.  You find that you start to want to do that which you resisted.  You think about it all day, yearning to get to it.

It’s not TV, and it’s not video games, and it’s not updating FaceBook.  It’s just you and a challenge.  And when you’re done with it, you know you can go to bed satisfied with the day.

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