Living a hard life is the easiest route to knowing your true self: Robin Sharma – Times of India

In a recent interaction with author and columnist Vinita Dawra Nangia, Robin Sharma – one of the top leadership and personal mastery experts and speakers in the world – talked about the act of procrastination and his views on the same.

Vinita, amid the conversation, said that social media and binge-watching are distractions. But sometimes, they are means of procrastination as well, which many people actively seek.

“It’s difficult to get down to focusing on what matters. So you are allowing yourself to be distracted and it’s very difficult to break that cycle,” Vinita explained.

Responding to this, Robin said, “Often, what we do is we chase these diversions because we are scared, and that’s okay. Even I am scared at times. The closer you get to your finest life and the nearer you get to your magic, your fears start to scream.”

“Let’s say there is a big project at work, or you have the opportunity to find great love, or you have made the decision to be in your best shape this year. As we start to pursue that mountain, our fears come out to play. It’s much easier to escape and medicate ourselves with digital media or procrastination than get in the game and do the difficult things,” he added.

Furthermore, Robin revealed that for him, living a hard life is the easiest route to knowing your true self.

“When I wrote ‘The Everyday Hero Manifesto’, it took so much from me. I wrote it 21-22 times. When you do difficult things, you get to know who you truly are. Growth comes not through activities of ease. Things like satisfaction, true happiness, self-honor, and personal respect come through the consistent doing of difficult things,” he said.

Robin also mentioned that he thinks that society believes that there is something wrong with doing difficult things. It makes you seek pleasure, look for instant gratification, things that will be fun and easy, and maybe even mindless.

“Due to this, we miss out on growing. It’s the difficult things that introduce us to our gifts and talents,” he said.

Adding to this, Vinita said, “It’s so easy to slip into this. It’s not only what society says. Your instincts also lead you towards that. Till you have enough of it, and then you start feeling uncomfortable.”

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