Have you ever been in a situation where you needed to make a decision, but you had two or more options and it was hard to choose. I have been in this situation many times. But when I realized this certain principle ‘The Hardest Thing Theory’ it helped me make descisions much easier and with more confidence, like we talk about in LeadHership.
Okay here is the theory that will help you make decisions. When your left with or more very possible options, choose the hardest one. This works because most of the time the right thing to do is the hardest. And many time you may see the benefits right away and other times it may take awhile and it may just help in the long run. But I have yet to prove this theory wrong. Many times we get into bad situations because we choose the easiest route. And it’s just because we were to lazy to do it the hard way because we thought we could just get by with doing the easiest. And in the end we create more work or a bigger problem than we would’ve if we just choose the hardest thing first. What often makes decisions hard is when we have the hard way and an easier way that isn’t as equivalent and the hard design is figuring out if the easier way will be sufficient enough. And the problem we get into is the easier way isn’t sufficient enough and that’s where it creates problems. Then we end up doing the other ‘hard’ way anyways because the easy way didn’t work and now we just did both options, in the wrong order. We could’ve just chose the hard way first and we could have saved ourselves the additional ‘easy’ way. Always choose the hard way first!
Okay, you might have a situation where there is no ‘one’ solution you need to choose more than one if not all your choices. So in this situation where you have more than one solution, you need to do the hardest thing first. With our lazy nature we like to put this off till the last thing, but it will eliminate problems and make it easier for ourself if you just do it first.
This theory can covered in many areas of life from deciding on talking to a girl or not to which side of the lawn to mow first. To live a life fully you should not be limited by fear or laziness. So if you live this theory out fully, you will not be limited by laziness and many times fear.