How to make big problems small and small problems big

I am on a plane right now. I find plane/train rides to be some of the best times to concentrate and get work done. On this particular trip, I was able to get two”monkeys” off my back — small tasks which have been lingering in the back of my head for quite a long time, which I have been avoiding. It does not matter what they are, but I will inform you that among them was tiny — so tiny (literally 5 minutes to perform ), and among them was kind of medium-sized (maybe 2 hours). So on this trip I eventually stopped avoiding them Having these small monkeys would be the worst sense, and clearing them out feels really great.

What’s so pernicious about avoidance is how it turns little problems into big issues. I have written before about how Pain x Resistance = giggling . The further you avoid/resist, the more pain you are feeling and the bigger your”problem” really gets. A 5 second thing turns into hours, days, or weeks of avoidance. 

Surprisingly, the inverse is also correct. Taking”large” problems/challenges/tasks, and hammering them away dutifully without avoidance or resistance, makes them smaller! If you just concentrate on getting a little better each day, all of a sudden you’ve compounding results. A little better each day is a capital framework of mind.

Take the medicine. Increase your throughput. Make now a little bit better. It will feel really good.

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