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Why Does Life Suck When You Try to Improve It

Have you ever had the feeling that life seems to hit the hardest just when you are trying your best to make a change? The bitter truth is, many of us have experienced this paradox. The moment you decide to lose weight, every delicious cake in the world seems to find its way to you. The instant you swear off procrastination, the distractions seem to multiply. It’s almost like life is playing a cruel joke on you. You try to improve, and it sucks. But why? Why does life behave this way? Is there a hidden secret or some unwritten law of the universe that makes improvement so darn challenging? In today’s blog, we will explore this conundrum and find the silver lining in this seemingly grim scenario.

Now let’s dive into the narrative of this paradox. Picture this. You are Alice, and the world you’re trying to improve is your personal Wonderland. Like Alice, you’re faced with challenges and riddles that seem insurmountable and daunting. But just when you’re about to give up, remember these wise words from Lewis Carroll, the author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: “I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.”

Change is Uncomfortable, but Necessary: This is the crux of why life seems to get tougher when we attempt to change. We’re leaving our comfort zone, and our brains naturally resist this. That’s why every cookie looks heavenly when you’re on a diet, or every YouTube video is enticing when you’re trying to focus. It’s not life per se, but our brains’ response to the unfamiliar. In the words of Albert Einstein, the renowned physicist, “The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.”

Adversity Breeds Strength: When life gets hard, it’s merely a test of our resolve. It’s the universe’s way of asking, ‘how badly do you want it?’ The road to self-improvement isn’t easy, but each obstacle is a chance to become stronger, more resilient. As the great philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “What does not kill us makes us stronger.”

Patience and Persistence are Key: Improving oneself isn’t a one-time thing but a lifelong journey. It’s about constantly learning, evolving, and growing. It may seem life gets tough when we try to improve because the rewards aren’t instant. But remember, as billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk advises, “Persistence is very important. You should not give up unless you are forced to give up.”

As we come to the end of this discussion, I want to remind you that life doesn’t suck when you’re trying to improve. It merely challenges you, tests your resolve, and eventually shapes you into a better version of yourself. As bestselling author Karen Salmansohn puts it, “What if I told you that ten years from now, your life would be exactly the same? I doubt you’d be happy. So, why are you so afraid of change?”

So embrace the suck, accept the challenges, persist, and know that every step you take towards self-improvement, no matter how small or painful, is a step in the right direction. After all, as Robert H. Schuller, the motivational speaker and author, once said, “Tough times never last, but tough people do.”

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