How many times have you said, “Easier said than done?” Those words are often uttered after someone offers a suggestion or advice.

“Easier said than done,” as I’ve heard it and even used it, is offered as an excuse; it is a “get out of jail free” card.

After all, you can easily say it but doing it? Well, that’s far more difficult

“Easier said than done” is nonsensical. After all, what isn’t easier to say than to do? Think about it. Brushing your teeth in the morning is easier said than done.

(By the way, Easier Said Than Done was a song released in 1963 by The Essex.)

“Easier said than done” is a reflection of human nature: anything that requires effort is likely to be resisted. But anything worth doing requires some effort, and the important things require much effort.

Life is easier said than lived, but what would be the point.

We’ve got to quit talking about it and get to doing it.

Mark Sanborn
About Mark Sanborn

Mark Sanborn, CSP, CPAE, is president of Sanborn & Associates, Inc., an idea studio dedicated to developing leaders in business and in life. Mark is an international bestselling author and noted expert on leadership, team building, customer service and change. Mark Sanborn graduated cum laude from The Ohio State University. In addition to his work as a business educator and author, Mark continues to be an active leadership practitioner. Most recently he served as the president of the National Speakers Association.

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