When The Thought Of Not Doing Something Makes You Cringe…

cringeYou cringe when you are repulsed by something. It’s a very instinctual response – essentially uncontrollable – which makes it revealing.

We all are familiar with the positive emotions of desire (i.e. I want to do this and that). But repulsion is arguably stronger than these “toward” emotions and definitely more reliable by it’s pure instinctual nature. Repulsion is felt when something undesirable clashes with your soul.

Most people can’t help but cringe at the thought of spiders in their hair, because that idea violates their ideals of cleanliness, safety, and comfort.

What then, makes you cringe when you think about NOT doing it? What possible course of inaction makes you shudder with disgust? What pursuit is so meshed with your ideals that the thought of abandoning it makes you sick?

When you find something like that, and the thought of not doing it makes you cringe…

You have no choice but to find a way to make it happen.

photo by jordaneileenlucas

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I'm lazy, but you can call me Stephen. When you're as lazy as I am, you need superior strategies to live well. My strategies are so effective that I'm productive every single day. As the world tries to figure out how to always stay motivated, I create strategies that don't require it.

Vincent Nguyen

That’s a very good mindset, Stephen!

Stephen Guise

Thanks Vincent. I’m finding it helpful in a time of great uncertainty!


That’s an interesting twist there. Sounds like a good way to get you to do more of what you want to do so you can make it happen.

Stephen Guise

Thank you Steve. That has been the case for me!

Trevor Wilson

The thought of all the opportunities I’ve wasted in life makes me cringe. All the possibilities that could’ve been.

So I jump on every congruent opportunity I can these days. Fortunately, there are plenty out there to choose from.


Onder Hassan

Great mindset Stephen, Thanks

Stephen Guise

I can relate to wasted opportunities and wasted time, Trevor. Whoever invents a machine that lets your future self talk to your previous self – even for 5 minutes – will be rich! I suppose the next best thing would be to learn from and listen to those who are in the present moment AND can teach you (books, mentors).

There is so much opportunity out there now with the internet, you’re right. The key skill now is to be able to see it. I’m starting to explore website ideas that haven’t been done on the web before – hoping to be a pioneer in a meaningful area!

Stephen Guise

You’re welcome, Onder. Cheers!

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