6 Simple, Uplifting Truths To Change Your Life

Airplane in the sky at sunset

1. You can do nearly anything

Cliche? Yes. But think about how true it is. If you really wanted to, you could go on a long boat voyage.

You might say things like you don’t have the money, or a boat, or live near the coast. This is exactly the type of default thinking that stops people. Their minds immediately go to why they can’t do something, and they turn around.

These “reasons you can’t do it” don’t keep you away on their own, they keep you away because they distract you from solutions like these…

  1. You could work on a boat – anything from cruise ships to fishing rigs – and get paid to take a voyage!
  2. You can save up your money for a long cruise. There are insane cruise deals happening all of the time to make it even more affordable.
  3. You can move closer to the coast (which is another problem to solve in this way), and then make friends with people who have boats. Is it a longshot? Maybe, but it’s not futile to try if you really want it. Offer to help or exchange something in return for a boat adventure. Heck, some boat owners would love to have an enthusiastic companion!

Those solutions were off the top of my head, but they could possibly work. Think about what you could do with some planning. The lesson is to not let the barriers in your way trick you into thinking you don’t want something. Be honest with yourself about what you want, and then get into problem-solving mode to make it happen. Ask how you can do it instead of thinking about why you can’t do it.

2. Your life is a gift

We take life for granted, don’t we? Yes, there are 7 billion of us on this planet, but think of the infinite number of people who don’t exist! You’re one of the lucky few, because 7 billion divided by infinity is an infinitely small number.

3. You have an unlimited allowance for failure

If you start 65 businesses and every one of them fails, but the 66th one makes you a fortune, it still counts. If you embarrass yourself being rejected by hundreds of girls in harsh ways, but the 458th one falls in love with you and you marry her, it still counts. Failure isn’t a big deal. You’ve got to try.

One of the greatest mistakes in life is avoiding mistakes. You can’t expect to live a perfect life, and by trying, you ensure it will be boring. Know the difference between taking a smart risk and a dumb risk, and take smart risks!

4. Nobody wants to stop you

This is a great truth. If I want to build a business empire, the only people who would care to stop me are my competitors. Very few people actually care what you’re doing, so take this as an invitation to do what you want and chase your dreams.

If you’re a person of limited action, it’s easy to slip into the mindset that the world wants you to fail. It’s not true. The world doesn’t care, and it isn’t going to give you anything unless you earn it.

5. The present moment is all you have

Let’s all develop a hatred for later, because “later” ruins entire lives of people who “never got around to it.” Never see today as the exception, because today is the standard of your life. Multiply today by 28,726 and that’s your life. So what do you want your life to be like? Live today accordingly.

6. You have choice

You are so powerful – do you know that?

If you’re in school, you can choose to quit and buy a ticket to Japan with your credit card. That sounds pretty reckless, but isn’t it cool that you have the freedom to do it?

If you’re at work, you can stand up on your desk, beat your chest like a gorilla, and say, “I am the king of this office! Someone bring me coffee!” That sounds pretty insane, but isn’t it cool that you have the freedom to do it?

If you’re shopping in a grocery store, you can grab the nearest beautiful woman and kiss her. That sounds pretty illegal, but isn’t it cool that you’d probably get arrested for that?

If you’re sitting in your bed right now, doing nothing, you can get up, walk into a business, and demand a job, telling them you won’t leave until they give you one. That sounds pretty dicey, but it has worked before, and isn’t it cool that you have the freedom to do that?

Never underestimate the power of choice. You choices make you potentially very powerful and influential.

As told by James Clear in this post (which is spot on), take a look at this story which demonstrates how Richard Branson understands his power of choice (and what it’s done for him):

I was in my late twenties, so I had a business, but nobody knew who I was at the time. I was headed to the Virgin Islands and I had a very pretty girl waiting for me, so I was, umm, determined to get there on time.

At the airport, my final flight to the Virgin Islands was cancelled because of maintenance or something. It was the last flight out that night. I thought this was ridiculous, so I went and chartered a private airplane to take me to the Virgin Islands, which I did not have the money to do.

Then, I picked up a small blackboard, wrote “Virgin Airlines. $29.” on it, and went over to the group of people who had been on the flight that was cancelled. I sold tickets for the rest of the seats on the plane, used their money to pay for the chartered plane, and we all went to the Virgin Islands that night.

~ James Clear paraphrasing Branson’s story

Virgin Airlines is a real airline now, by the way, and they have the world’s first glass-bottomed plane. Crazy.

Now go out into the world with these six truths, and win.

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Vincent Nguyen

#4. Boom! People don’t realize that everyone else is cheering for them to succeed. Who doesn’t want to know someone who made it big?

The only ones booing you are the competitors (like you said,) cynics (who you should ignore,) and your own self. The world wants to see you win gold.

Stephen Guise

Boom! Very true. The world does like success stories more than failure stories. 🙂 Cheers Vincent!

SJ Scott

Stephen, Great reminders.

It is easy to come up with reasons that things CAN’T be done, but it is also important to find reasons you can.

I KNOW my love of travel has effected my success, at least somewhat. I have been away from work at too many key moments. That doesn’t mean I will not do it in the future, but rather the opposite. I constantly FIND WAYS to make my trips work with my business schedule.

It is important to LIVE and do the things that you love. (Fitting them in with the mortar of hard work, of course)

-SJ

Stephen Guise

I agree! My love of travel has definitely made things “tighter.” But when I think about the experiences, it’s worth the tradeoff. I see that we share this sentiment (and love for travel).

Where have you been recently and where are you going next?

SJ Scott

In the last 3+ months I went to Greece for a month, Biloxi, Ms for about 2+ weeks and 9 days in Cape Cod.

Right now I am entering a work phase. Nothing planned beyond perhaps a few “weekend” trips until summer. (My girlfriend is a teacher so we usually take a 2-3 month trip in summertime)

How about you? Where have you been recently?

Bethany @ Journey to Ithaca

Thank you for this!

I recently realized that my life wasn’t working for me, so I quit my job after 10 years, left the town I’d spent my life in, and moved my family 1200 miles away to Houston. People thought my move was bold, but we were really risking no more than our pride. Life is safer than people believe, and we ALWAYS have a choice. Here is a blog post I wrote, in a similar vein: http://myjourneytoithaca.wordpress.com/2013/05/12/you-do-have-a-choice/

Stephen Guise

Last August – Kauai, Hawaii
January – San Francisco
May – Venice and Rome, Italy

Each trip was in the 10-14 day range, which seems to be a sweet spot for me. 🙂 I really want to go to Greece! It’s my mom’s favorite place (flight attendant for 30 years).

Stephen Guise

Great story Bethany! I think you’re right. The worst case scenario is typically manageable. I’ll check out your post, thanks for sharing!

Heather

I have a big problem with #6, third item. How could you even write such a thing? No one has the right to grab another person, and do what they want to them without their permission, even if they think it might be cool and exciting to risk arrest, nor do they have the right to even advocate it. Would you advocate rape, too? Because it’s basically the same thing, which is sexual assault. I, as have many other women, have been manhandled my entire life by men who think it’s their right to reach out and help themselves, which includes not only being kissed by randomly gross guys, but child sexual abuse at the age of three, multiple rapes, getting my ass and breasts grabbed as I walk in a crowd, and being threatened with any of the above. And do not think that this is an extreme situation: 1 out of 3 women/girls are sexually assaulted by the age of 16. Do not, sir, advocate for the continuance of such a thing. You should be ashamed of yourself.

Stephen Guise

“That sounds pretty illegal, but isn’t it cool that you’d probably get arrested for that?”

Did you stop reading before this sentence? You seem to have missed the sarcasm, Heather. I’m sorry for any poor experiences you’ve had, but I’m not going to be ashamed of myself because you missed the sarcasm.

I don’t spell everything out for readers, but the subtle point I made there is that while we can do anything, there are still consequences for our actions. So, I was advocating the exact opposite of what you claim I was advocating.

There are plenty of people out there who actually advocate things like that. Please direct your anger at them. Thank you.

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