Yes, it’s hard.

Climbing a mountain.

Starting a business.

Raising a child.

Managing a conflict.

Painting a picture.

Staying focused when you don’t care.

Caring when no one else does.

Leading with empathy rather than cynicism in an interpersonal interaction.

Behaving deliberately and intentionally rather than haphazardly and accidentally.

Forgiving and forgetting rather than holding on to the right to be hurt.

Being afraid and doing the hard thing anyway.

Innovating for a future you might never live to see.

Building a bridge toward someone you may not agree with.

Stating the truth in love—and standing by it, no matter what.

Recognizing the impact and effect of words and actions rather than writing off hurt feelings.

Yes, it’s hard.

But we do hard things all the time.

The key to accomplishing goals through doing the hard things is not to focus on the thing that is hard. Instead, focus on the process, the relationships, the goals, and the outcomes.

Future oriented thinking always works better than “wallowing in the past” thinking, or even “paralyzed into inaction by too many current options” thinking.

Yes, it’s hard.

But so, what.

Jesan Sorrells

Jesan Sorrells

Jesan Sorrells is the CEO and Founder of Human Services Consulting and Training and leads on HSCT's flagship product, LeadingKeys. Contact him directly at