We know the answers to many of the questions we ask ourselves, whether we admit it or not. We deny the answers for many reasons. They make us uncomfortable. They require action. They eliminate excuses. They challenge our belief systems and our sense of convenience.
Most of us know that:
If you want to get more writing done, you should write more.
If you want to know anything, question everything.
If you want to feel better, do the things that will make you feel better.
If you want to stand out, don’t do what everyone else is doing.
If you want to be stronger, then do things that will make you strong.
If you want to be patient, practice patience.
If you want people to get to know you better, you need to make sure that you’re worth knowing.
If you want friends, be friendly.
If you want to press a heavier kettlebell, put down the baby one.
If you want to watch less TV, turn off the TV.
If you want to lose weight, it’s best not to live in America, but it’s also possible to eat fewer hot dogs and move more.
If you want people to read your blog, convince them that they should.
If you feel like people take advantage of you, make sure you know the difference between turning the other cheek and being a doormat.
If you want to be trusted, don’t lie.
If you want to be a good listener, be quiet once in a while.
If you want a better job, don’t work forever at a crappy one.
If you hate the path that has led you to this moment in your life, walk in a different direction.
If you want more money, save more and find a way to make more. Complaining pays poorly, unless you’re a pundit.
If you want to be humble, don’t spend time practicing arrogance.
If you want a bigger deadlift, then do some deadlifting. (please use better form than I did)
If you want to be happy, don’t do things that will make you sad.
If you want to be smarter, engage your mind and don’t be a mere spectator.
If you want to go somewhere, take the first step.
If you want to be confident, walk like you’re wearing a cape.
If you just want to be like most people, stick with wishful thinking.
It’s easy for me to pretend that there are things I can’t figure out. But when I’m honest with myself, I usually know the answers I need. I just don’t always want to admit it.
by Josh Hanagarne