If You Want To Make Progress Stop Lying To Yourself

The-Truth

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This is one of those things that no one really likes to talk about. It’s also one of the most liberating and quickest paths to real progress.

With one month of 2014 already in the bag it’s time get real. If you really want to look back at this year come Dec 31st with pride and sense of real accomplishment it’s going to start with getting a little uncomfortable.

The uncomfortable truth that Is.

Why Telling Yourself The Truth Matters

“When you are willing to come clean with yourself about the uncomfortable truth behind your choices, actions, and fears; you’re on the verge of freedom.”

Ask yourself:

  • Are you where you want to be?
  • If the answer is no, then why not?
  • Could it be because of the choices you have made?

Don’t lie to yourself.

It does no good.

No one else knows except you.

No one else knows what really holds you back:

  • Fear
  • Rejection
  • Low self-esteem
  • Laziness

Those are not fun words are they? But did you know those are a few of the things that held me back in the past. No, of course you didn’t. Only I know that…if I’m honest with myself. Would it feel better to “pose” and lie to myself about these things? Yes, yes it would. Would it help me? No.

Getting You To Where You Want To Be

“Telling yourself the truth will free you to move from where you are to where you want and need to be”.

You can’t get to where you really want to be until you man up and acknowledge where you actually are. Only then can you begin to make progress.

  • Are you in debt? How much?
  • Are your relationships suffering? Why?
  • Are your priorities right?
  • Are you taking your health serious?
  • Are you neglecting your spiritual life?
  • Are you satisfied with the legacy you would leave if you died today?

Be real with yourself.

Ask yourself the hard questions.

Write down the answers if it helps.

There is something amazing that happens when you write something down. It’s like it becomes “real”. Then ask yourself how you can change or improve upon whatever it is.

Write Down Simple Action Steps:

  • I can start paying an extra $50 on that debt
  • I can start spending one extra hour (uninterrupted) with my kids per week.
  • I can surprise my wife with a date night.
  • I can spend 10 minutes a day reading the Bible. (Check out Jeff Rose’s free habit building worksheet)

Start small.

Celebrate each success.

They add up.

A Simple Trick To Figure Out What To Do

If you are really struggling to figure out what sort of action to take. Here is a simple psychological trick you can use. It’s proven that we actually have the answers to most of these questions. Ironically they lie in the advice that we give others.

So Ask Yourself:

If someone in my circumstances came to me for advice, what course of action would I recommend?

Then…take your own advice!

Got it?

No more lies.

Be honest with yourself.

Be intentional.

Make things happen.

Go get em.

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