Progress Can Only Come About When You’re Honest with Yourself

Written by Eric Cooper

It’s not uncommon at all for people to lie a bit about themselves in order for them to appear better on the surface than they really are. They might lie about being happy with their job and about how their life is going.

Over time, these little lies can seep into people’s own thoughts, and they’ll start to believe their own lies. This is a dangerous situation to be in. Once you start to believe some of the little lies that you tell people to spice up your life, you start letting little problems accumulate subconsciously.

When you stop being honest with yourself, you’re not able to fully address all the genuine problems in your life, and small things can start to become big really fast. What might start out as you convincing yourself that your job is fun when it’s really not can, over the years, turn into you feeling empty and unfulfilled, droning along at work each passing day.

This can turn into feeling like a failure and dreading waking up each day. Letting little things spiral out of control like this is common for many people, and it’s something that can hold you back from being successful.

If you want to be successful, you’re going to have to be completely honest with yourself. This might be so honest that it hurts. Sometimes you’re not going to want to hear these kinds of things that you’re feeling, but it’s so bad for you to repress it and ignore it rather than just deal with it properly.

By actually looking at what you did and didn’t do correctly, you can make adjustments for the future. This kind of process isn’t easy or comfortable for many people. It’s hard to look at yourself critically and drop any kinds of acts about being happy.

If you want to stand a chance at being able to fix your problems, you need to be able to clearly identify them and be willing to make a change about it. Don’t just beat yourself up in the name of honesty, either.

Dwelling on personal problems instead of making an effort to fix them doesn’t get you anywhere. Instead of thinking so much about what you’ve done wrong, consider instead what you can do to make things right. This kind of approach will allow you to use your honest opinions for your own success.

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