PODCAST 04: Hit the EASY Button
Transcript and show notes:
Hey hey everyone! Welcome back to From Hustle to Hell Yes. Today’s episode is short, but sweet. I’m calling it a ‘mini-sode’ a la Cathy Heller - who, PS, you should def be listening to her podcast it’s one of my all time faves its called “Don’t Keep Your Day Job.” She interviews some of the most interesting people and I always feel more inspired after listening to her.
You know I believe that entrepreneurship is a tool for freedom and improving your life in a LOT of ways, but especially with: How we spend our Time, Energy, and Money. In this podcast, I focus on how to create more ease, enjoyment, and effectiveness in your business. And today we are talking about EASE. So get yourself a beverage - me I have no less than 3, I have my coffee, I have my kombucha and I’ve got my water and I’m ready to spill the tea on EASE.
Ease. In the Oxford dictionary, it’s defined as the absence of difficulty or effort; freedom from worries or problems, especially about one's material situation. It’s associated with words like comfort, simplicity, and relaxation. It might seem sometimes like this word doesn’t belong anywhere near the word “business” or “work” but I’m here to affirm for you that it definitely does belong in our business.
One of the things that we learn growing up - that we’re told again and again - is that hard work is the only path to success. Just work hard and all that effort will be rewarded with material success. You can’t hardly high five an entrepreneur without hitting a speech on hard work and hustle and dedication. And, yeah - hard work DOES beat talent alone any day. But I’ve started wondering… are we saying hard work equals success because it’s TRUE, or are we saying it because it’s the only repeatable step - we can’t copy luck, we can’t duplicate the networking connection made at just the right time… and we’re really reluctant to point to a specific tactic, like always making time to get up and take a walk at lunchtime which then led to being less tired mid-day and gave the brain enough idle time to come up with amazing solutions to whatever we were confronting. But - no, no - it’s the hard work. Really though, what about all the stuff we did to make the hard work POSSIBLE and effective? What about all the support systems those wildly successful entrepreneurs had in place - from the supportive partner to the weighted blanket, from the cheerleading friend (who also made sure you took the time to eat and nourish your body) to the yoga class that gave you a midday energy boost. In all this talk about hard work, we’re emphasizing the action and completely ignoring the fact that hard work was made possible by all that other stuff!
And that’s why I want to talk about ease. I think of ease as LETTING something be easy. Whenever I say this, I hear the same objection: I’m not MAKING it hard, it just is actually hard to do it the way it needs to be done. I hear you! Some stuff is hard, but… can we LET IT be easy? Can we allow it to have a component of ease? Here’s what I mean…
So I want to talk about the 2 kinds of EASY. Quick Ease and Quality Ease. I recently learned that Danielle Laporte has a similar line of thinking, and while I don’t agree with everything she says and does - I find this concept useful and want to acknowledge that I’m not the first person to ever think about ease this way.
First, let’s talk about quick easy. Quick ease (aside from sounding identical to the popular indigestion medicine…) is like, all those life hacks you’ve tried. It’s trying to take a short cut because you’re desperate to be at the finish line already. Quick ease is taking every opportunity because you don’t know when another one will come along, and it’s hard to trust and wait for an ideal opportunity. Quick ease is not even EASE - it’s an illusion, it’s not ease at all - it’s overworking wrapped up in a to-do list with #allthethings crossed off.
Quality Ease is really exemplified in creating the support you need to be your most effective, to do your best work. That means taking care of YOU is a key piece of experiencing quality ease. That does’t always look like meditation and drinking enough water - although, those are GREAT things to do to support yourself in your business. Quality Ease is also found in declining an opportunity that’s ok but not great. Maybe the pay is really good, but the work is a slog - so you say no thank you and you feel comfortable with saying no thank you. Quality ease is saying yes only to opportunities that are aligned with you so that you get the most out of your time and energy. Quality ease is not over scheduling yourself. It’s giving yourself enough time between meetings to decompress and prepare for the next one. Quality ease is knowing and using your core values to guide your business decisions at every level. PS - more on core values later, because they can simplify SO MUCH decision making!
So having ease really does’t have anything to do with easy vs hard tasks and how many of them you have. It has to do with our state of being while we’re doing, and the more we can integrate support for ourselves INTO the work that we’re doing, the more ease we experience.
Quality ease is also getting into a flow state. I’m not talking about some kind of dreamy state of action - I’m talking, you feel energized, you feel eager and curious, and you feel in the zone. This idea of flow originated with a Hungarian-American psychologist - I’m so sorry I’m going to butcher his name - Mihaly Csikszentmihályi. And to get into flow there are 3 things that need to happen:
You have to be working on something with a clear set of goals and progress. There has to be direction and structure to whatever you’re doing.
The task at must have clear and immediate feedback, so you can adjust to what’s happening.
There has to be a balance between the perceived challenges of the task and your own perceived skills. You have to be confident in your ability to do it, but it must also have a bit of challenge for you - in other words…it shouldn’t be too easy.
Ok y’all. That’s what I’ve got today. Take it easy til next time.
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LINKS TO RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
A brief description of flow psychology from wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flow_(psychology)
A link to Mihaly Csikszentmihályi’s book on Flow: https://www.amazon.com/Flow-Psychology (for reference only, please purchase a copy from your favorite local bookshop if you can!)