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    Why is the Path of Least Resistance so Attractive?

    So, this morning marked yet another early wake up without getting my ass to the gym or out walking with the mutt. Every night I think to myself, “Z, get moving in the morning. Get up early, don a touque and head out to the gym. Or, take the dog for an early walk.” But, alas, I hit the alarm and sleep in for a little while longer. (This morning, I did get out of bed early, but enjoyed a nice breakfast and read a little but more of my book). This paragraph created to quell any hypocrisy on my part

    I guess my point is, I keep on choosing the “easier way” with some things and not with others. But I have noticed that when I do get up and apply myself to something (whether it is getting fit in the morning, or taking some extra time in making sure a weekend household task gets done right) I feel great. The feeling almost surpasses that of taking the easy way out.

    So what do you think? Why are people more inclined to take the easy way out?

    This notion can encompass a myriad of things; including saving money, exercise and general non-laziness, taking pride in one’s work and attacking daily tasks with gumption, and even doing things yourself.

    Seems people (more so these days than before) are seeking to live by this notion of instant gratification and easy processes.

    I have more on this topic, but would like to see what others think. This also may lead to an exploration of an “off-shoot” to the Path of Least Resistance (meaning if you tire of me and my ranting, do NOT egg me on… )

    Go ahead… Explore.
    You get all squeezed up inside/Like the days were carved in stone/You get all wired up inside/And it's bad to be alone

    You can go out, you can take a ride/And when you get out on your own/You get all smoothed out inside/And it's good to be alone
    -Peart

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    I am always looking for the path of least resistance.... makes me wonder how I ever got through school. I am like you, I always build myself up to work out, do that project around the house I have been putting off, etc.

    For me there are two reasons this is worse now...
    1) It is winter....I always get depressed near the end of winter, even though we don't get any snow, the lack of sun is depressing.
    2) I am getting older, the older I get, the harder to motivate.

    I always wanted to write a book....but I am no longer 'hungry' to achieve something like that. So, while I dream about it... I will take the path of least resistance... to a beer.
    What’s in a name? – Your reputation….:)

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    The path of least resistance is attractive because it gives the minimum reward for the minimum effort. We live in a mediocratic world, where most people just do what they do and nothing more. I think it's mostly because a greater effort is less rewarded. Or just that people like to live by the status quo. So if a worker is paid $10 per hour and works 8 hours to get $80 bucks a day, if the wage is raised to $20 per hour, the worker will most likely work just 4 hours and still earn $80 bucks a day.

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    My older brother once told me that I always follow the path of least resistance. I was annoyed. Later, I learned the path of least resistance is the way a river winds its path from its source to its mouth. A scenic, unhurried and beneficial journey.

    What better path for a river rat than the "path of least resistance."
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    I always spout "Connection breeds Disconnection"

    Could technological advances regarding greater convenience and ease as well as the distraction of technological entertainment apparati have anything to do with it?

    Quote Originally posted by Marge Simpson
    Usually (Homer's) crack-pot schemes fizzle out when he finds something good on TV...
    She speaks of crack-pot schemes, but daily tasks could be forgone due to what is on TV or other distractions.
    You get all squeezed up inside/Like the days were carved in stone/You get all wired up inside/And it's bad to be alone

    You can go out, you can take a ride/And when you get out on your own/You get all smoothed out inside/And it's good to be alone
    -Peart

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    I am not so sure about the path of least resistence. I guess we have to define "path of least resistence". My two dogs would "reward" me if I did not take them for their morning walk. So my choice is to lollygag and clean up the "rewards" or get up get dressed and go for a walk with the dogs. My path of least resistence is to go for a walk with the dogs. Some might say "big deal", lollygag and clean up the "rewards". After all you have to take your little bag and scooper with you and clean things up on your walk.

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    I think motivation, commitment and priorities are a large part of it. I have a friend competing in the national IronMan competition this Saturday. There is no way she would have been ready if she hadn't committed to a training and nutrition program months ago, and she's had to keep prioritising being in top shape for the competition over other things like more sleep, junk food, drinking, socialising etc. Competing and doing well is a top priority for her.

    When you have those things (motivation, commitment, prioritisation), I think you change your behaviour accordingly to make things happen.. like if I was serious about getting up early to go for a run before work, I would make sure I went to bed not too late, put my gear together to jump into in the morning, and tell myself no snoozing the alarm allowed! But when more sleep or another chapter are competing priorities, well that run isn't looking quite so likely!

    I think that a lot of products and marketing are tailoring more and more towards instant gratification.

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