Stop making life so difficult for yourself! Start taking the path of least resistance. The path of least resistance is the path that helps you move forward in life towards what you want. It helps you experience less frustration and more success. You get things done faster, and you feel more accomplished with your life. And, best of all, you have much less stress! The path of least resistance is something you should be striving to find. Let’s talk about how to get on that path and what you need to do to stay on it.
One HUGE Thing That Determines What Path You Take
This is an idea by Robert Fritz that you need to remember as you work towards making the path of least resistance a part of your life. In his book, ‘The Path of Least Resistance’, he says that the structure of your life will determine what path you can walk on.
For instance, imagine walking into a building you go in often. Picture the elevator, stairs, escalator, doors, or other ways of getting around. As you can see, the structure of the building determines your path through it. You can’t walk through walls. You can’t magically hop up to another floor. You must rely on the structure of the building to get you through the building to where you want to go.
Your life’s structure will determine what paths you can take and how easy or hard they are. It will determine your behavior. And, it will determine your success.
For example, if you don’t have a set of stairs (plans, goals, to-do lists) in your life to achieve new levels of height (success), then how can you expect to get any higher in life? Your life’s structure doesn’t allow it. Instead, you just keep walking around on the floor you are on doing the same thing over and over again. That’s a circular path that keeps you stuck in life. You need to build those stairs to help you move upwards.
Those stairs make life a lot easier. When you can see clearly see the stairs, you can easily find them and start moving up them. They will become the path of least resistance to success in your life.
Why Don’t You Have Structure In Your Life That Helps You Get On The Right Path?
You probably know what you want. You may have some goals or visions for the future. You try to do stuff that helps you get to those goals or visions; yet, you are always met with resistance. It’s like you couldn’t take a step up the staircase if you wanted to. Why is that?
For most people, it is about limiting beliefs. You may want to make $100,000 this year, but if you don’t believe that you can do it, then you will never be able to fully find the staircase or climb a stair. Your belief that you can’t do it will always pull you backward as you try to move forward to what you want.
Limiting beliefs are the beliefs you have developed over the years through your experiences in life. If you have been told that you are never going to make the kind of money you want, and have experienced a lot of setbacks that have kept you from earning anything close to the money you want, then you probably hold some beliefs about your ability to earn the income you want. And those beliefs are dictating your structure in life, how you behave, and what you will do, which means they are limiting you from doing what you need to do to make the money.
How To Start Creating A Life That Helps You Get On The Path Of Least Resistance
It all comes down to your choices. You need to choose the life you want and build the structure of your life around that. Following are some things to think about when it comes to the path of least resistance.
1. What Do I Want MOST In Life?
If you don’t know what you want, how can you create structure in your life? You need to have a definite goal in mind to build the path of least resistance and stay on it.
If you go back between this and that, then you are going to skip from one path to the other. You will never fully go down one path, least resistance or not, because you never stay on it long enough to make your way down it! This is why you have to figure out what you want in life.
If you are not sure what you want, simply ask yourself the question ‘What do I want most?’ and pay attention to the answers. Write them down. Put them in a goal setting software or on paper so that you can clearly see what it is that you want to achieve. Tell other people what you want to achieve to further drive home the point.
2. Will I Create Or Let Others Create For Me?
If you let others create your life for you, then you are letting them choose the structure of your life. It’s going to be hard to get on the easiest path if others are telling you which path you need to get on. They are not going to pick the easiest path for you; they are always going to pick the path that gets them what they want the quickest.
If you want to get on the path of least resistance, you have to be in control of your life. You have to know what you want and what you are willing to do or not do, so that you can see which path will help you get there the quickest.
3. Do I Want Long-Term Health Or Something Else?
A lot of people want better health, but don’t live as if they do. They make a plan to eat better, exercise more, or meditate, reduce stress, but they let things take them off the path of least resistance towards better health.
– They let other people’s demands take them off the path.
– They let their fears take them off the path.
– They let immediate pleasures take them off the path.
There are many different things that can pull someone off the easiest path to good health, but in the end, if you want to get their faster, you must learn not to let those things pull you from the direction you are going.
This applies to more than just health. Success, happiness, and good relationships all require that you have to make the harder choices sometimes. You have to be willing to do things that help you get to where you want faster, or get to where you want at all. Because if you keep getting pulled in different directions by different wants, then you will never get on the path to least resistance.
If you want something, you need to focus on it. Focusing on the one thing that you want will help you make the right choices in your day.
For instance, if you want to lose weight, then your life structure may be getting up and exercising each morning. If you wake up and want to go back to bed, focusing on your end goal of losing weight can help get out of bed and do what you need to do. It can help you get on that path of least resistance and stay on it.
4. Do I Want To Feel Accomplished At The End Of The Day Or Not?
When you have the desire to feel accomplished, you will choose to do things that help you reach your goals for the day. You will push yourself down the path of least resistance, even when you are going uphill and it is hard to walk that path. In short, you will find ways to do what you need to do so that you can have that great feeling of accomplishment at the end of the day rather than regret or feeling as though another day went down the drain.
5. Will I Forgive Or Blame?
Are you letting past experiences or people hold you back from getting on the easiest path in life? Are you trying to prove something to others in a way that is holding you back? If you are, then you need to forgive and let go.
For instance, if you are doing unhealthy things to hurt other people in your life, then until you forgive them and let go of the need to hurt them, you are always going to be on the path of most resistance. Your choices in life are not going to help you reach your true goals that will make you happy; they are only going to help you reach your goal of making others miserable.
6. Will I Think Outside The Box Or Follow The Crowd?
Too many people follow the crowd, which means their paths in life are being created by other people. If you want to create the path of least resistance in your life, then you need to be able to think for yourself and come up with ideas and solutions that help you get to where you want to go. Just because someone else tells you that one path is the best doesn’t mean it’s the best for you. Allowing yourself to think for yourself is the only way to get to where you want the quickest.
7. Will I Become Action-Focused Or Not?
If you have taken a course that had the potential to get you to your goal but didn’t bother to take any action on what you learned, then you are choosing to keep yourself off the path of least resistance. No action means no results. You can’t get to where you want to go unless you take action.
You need to become action-focused. You need to get excited about taking action and doing things that move you forward in life. You need to enjoy the process of getting off your butt and making things happen! If you are not willing to become action-focused, then you will not be able to build the structure that helps you get on the right path or stay on the right path.
A Clear Vision Creates A Clearer Path
I can’t stress this enough. If you want to make life easier for yourself, you must have a clear vision. You can’t let yourself get swayed by other people’s visions for you or by something you heard today.
If you know what you want (and you will by asking yourself the above questions), then you need to stay focused on that vision. If you don’t, you are going to spend a lot of time focusing on the path and questioning yourself if you are doing the right things, which can make things confusing and cause you to stand still and even go backward on your path in life.
The trick is to focus on what you really want, not only what you think is possible. If you only focus on what you think is possible, then you will find yourself feel disconnected from the vision, which will make you question your actions and do things that don’t help you reach your vision, and you will always be on the path of most resistance.
You know what you want, so make it clear to yourself that you are going to work towards what your soul is craving.
Allow Flexibility In Life
The great thing about the structure of your life is that you can change it, unlike the structure of a real building. You can make the stairs bigger or smaller. You can make the elevator go faster or slower. You can move the stairs closer to you or further away from you. You can even change how you need to behave to move around your life’s structure.
Sometimes you are going to learn new ideas that will help you improve your path of least resistance. You have to be willing to change how you walk on your path if you want to get to where you are going even faster. This is especially true if you find yourself stuck in life. Opening up to new ideas will help you get moving again on your path or even, in some cases when there is a lot of resistance in your life, create a completely different path.
This doesn’t mean you should go back-and-forth between goals. It just means that sometimes you need to adjust what you are doing to get to your goals. Allow your goal to be your focus, and stay flexible enough to do what you need to do to get to that goal quickly. If you do that, then you will always find yourself on the path of least resistance in life.