Path of Least Resistance

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We associate the Path of Least Resistance with habits that are not particularly good for us, such as laziness and choosing what’s most expedient or most convenient. It’s true that we humans naturally choose the quickest and easiest solution over ones that require more thought and effort.

Use this to your advantage!

Using the Path of Least Resistance principle, make it easy for yourself to choose to do what you need to do when you need to do it. For instance, studies have shown that people who put their workout clothes beside their bed are more likely to exercise first thing in the morning than people who don’t do this. Research has discovered that if people put healthy foods at eye level in their pantry and refrigerator, they are more likely to choose these for a snack rather than reaching for the chips and cookies.

You can do this, too, when you’re working toward your goals and dreams.

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Your homework today is to answer the question: What can you “put beside your bed” and “put at eye level” so that you’re more apt to do the hard thing that you may have been putting off?

Then, devise a plan to implement these ideas so you can harness the power of the Path of Least Resistance. Remember to break steps into smaller and smaller increments until you get to a size that you know for certain you can easily and quickly do—then do it, of course!

Post in the comments section below the ways you’re using the Path of Least Resistance principle to your advantage.

You can do this, I know you can. I believe in you!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend,
Lauren

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