Sometimes in life, the things you don’t want to hear are exactly the things you need to hear.
Because in order to see a new rainbow, you need to first get through the storm.
Truth #1: You’re Either a Creator or a Consumer
I’m not usually a fan of absolutes, as they seem to be held by estranged Facebook family members, but this one seems to hold true: in life, you’re either a creator or a consumer. And I’m not just talking about content here.
Are you actively building the life you want or simply settling for what’s handed to you? Let’s be honest; most of us (including myself) could use a little less consumption and a whole lot more creation in our lives. Who knows, we may create the reality we want.
Truth #2: You Can’t Escape Reality
It’s strange how after a certain point, many people try to numb themselves from reality instead of facing it head-on. Usually, these people feel so much that they rather not feel anything at all, so they turn to drugs, alcohol, porn, food, etc, to distract themselves. But the real kick in the ass is this: No matter how high you try to get, reality always remains sober, and eventually, you’ll have to face it head-on.
Truth #3: Unhappiness Stems from Inaction
Have you ever thought that maybe your unhappiness isn’t because life isn’t going your way, but rather you’re not taking action when you know you should, and it’s making you feel guilty?
Winning in life isn’t just about that five-minute award ceremony — it’s about the months and years of effort it took to get there. There’s never been a book written solely about an Olympian’s moment of victory when they get the fuckin’ gold medal; it’s about their journey, the struggle, and the training.
The real secret is the struggle itself is the reward, and you give yourself the reward whenever you take action.
Truth #4: Strength Lies in Vulnerability
The people we truly admire are the ones who are brave enough to be vulnerable and unapologetically be themselves. We admire them because they show who they are to the world, warts-on-ass and all. It’s authentic, it’s confident. It’s real.
The average guys with average jobs driving average cars and having a perfectly average life, don’t inspire us. It’s not because they aren’t worthy; it’s because we don’t notice them.
Truth #5: No One Is Coming To Save You
Quit waiting for Superman — he’s got his hands full, erm, X-Ray vision focused on Lois Lane. Instead, gaze into the mirror and meet the superhero you can rely on — the one staring right back at you. You hold the power to change your life. And as soon as you accept that responsibility, the sooner you’ll discover your superpowers.
Truth #6: Nobody’s Really Thinking About You (Like You Think)
Sure, your family and friends might think about you from time to time, but only in passing. The reality is nobody’s constantly pondering your existence, and that’s okay. In fact, it’s awesome. It gives you the freedom to express yourself fully.
Everyone is primarily concerned with their own lives because, well, they’re the ones living it. So, don’t let the fear of judgment hold you back — trust me, it’s all in your head.
Truth #7: Failure is a Stepping Stone
Remember when you were learning to walk? You fell down countless times. And when you were learning to read, stumbling over words was the norm. Heck, at one time, you probably had no idea how to work the device you’re using right now to read this very sentence.
The path to success is paved with a million failures and two million curse words. Don’t be afraid of stumbling. It’s a sign that you’re headed in the right direction.
Truth #8: Your Imagination Is Scarier Than Reality
In your mind, Godzilla might be wreaking havoc on the city, but guess what? Godzilla isn’t real.
Most of the terrible things you anticipate rarely come to pass. The truth is, things are usually not as bad in reality as they seem in your head. So, take a deep breath and face the world with a little more optimism. SPOILER ALERT: You may be happier.
Truth #9: Effort is a Better Predictor of Success Than Talent
The world is filled with talented people who never seem to fulfill their potential. And it’s because those who put in the effort, who fail and keep going, are the ones who ultimately succeed.
Think about it — a Karate master isn’t just naturally gifted; they’re the ones who faced the most failures and setbacks. So, don’t rely solely on your talent. Embrace the struggle and put in the hard work. Who knows, this strategy might just work. 😉
Truth #10: It’s Normal To Feel Bad Sometimes
Contrary to what advertising bombards us with, life isn’t all sunshine and rainbows; sometimes we step in shit.
Most people feel down, tired, or even have the urge to curse someone out from time to time. And guess what? That’s perfectly normal. We’re human beings, after all. Rainy days are necessary to truly appreciate the sunny ones.
Rainy days are how we discover our favorite sad song and listen to it on repeat.
Truth #11: If You Want To Shine, Get Out Of The Shadows
You have this dream of being a star, but for some strange reason, you haven’t put yourself in the sky. And to be honest, that doesn’t make sense.
The reality is you can’t shine if you’re hiding in the shadows. You need to step onto the stage, you need to give yourself the opportunity to shine. If you won’t, who will?
Truth #12: Things Are Never as Extreme as They Seem
Life has a way of keeping us grounded. Contrary to what the media wants you to think, most of the time, things are rarely as fantastic or as catastrophic as they appear at first glance. And you know what? That’s a good thing.
It helps us maintain balance and perspective. So, don’t get too carried away by the highs or lows. Stay level-headed and keep moving forward. It’s the way things are supposed to be.
Truth #13: Negativity Holds You Back
There’s absolutely no advantage to rolling out of bed with a big, bright frown on your face and screaming, “Yay! Today’s gonna suck ass!” “I can’t wait to step on a rake!”
Give your day a fighting chance and dare to think something good might happen today. Who knows, it just might.
Truth #14 Perspective is Everything
If you want to change the way you see the world, then change the way you see the world. It’s within your power to shape your own reality as long as you make an effort to.
So, take these harsh truths, sprinkle in some laughter, and let them guide you toward a meaningful and joyful life. You’ve got this!
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