Today's thought

Don't fool yourself

It’s so easy to rationalize your way into things.

Buying an expensive office chair. Working with that annoying (but well-paying) client. Ordering pizza for dinner instead of cooking the soon-expiring salmon. That toxic relationship (damn).

It’s not inherently bad behavior, making an internal (and biased) pros/cons list for choices before acting. But those quick considerations often give me pause afterward. The rationalizing feels useful at the moment, but… is it really the best practice in the long term?

Best case: The thinking-through results in a better outcome than if not considered. But worst case… those little micro-lies to yourself add up over time and really shift your perspective. If you don’t want to save money, be healthier, run a better business, etc. — then don’t pretend to! You’re wasting so much energy putting on a show for yourself when you already know the magic trick!

Don’t fool yourself. Get real with your priorities and act decisively (and shamelessly) about the direction you choose to go. Make choices that future you will thank you for.

It’s so easy to rationalize your way into things.

Buying an expensive office chair. Working with that annoying (but well-paying) client. Ordering pizza for dinner instead of cooking the soon-expiring salmon. That toxic relationship (damn).

It’s not inherently bad behavior, making an internal (and biased) pros/cons list for choices before acting. But those quick considerations often give me pause afterward. The rationalizing feels useful at the moment, but… is it really the best practice in the long term?

Best case: The thinking-through results in a better outcome than if not considered. But worst case… those little micro-lies to yourself add up over time and really shift your perspective. If you don’t want to save money, be healthier, run a better business, etc. — then don’t pretend to! You’re wasting so much energy putting on a show for yourself when you already know the magic trick!

Don’t fool yourself. Get real with your priorities and act decisively (and shamelessly) about the direction you choose to go. Make choices that future you will thank you for.

Hundred Daily™ is a 100-day writing challenge by Aaron Rolston. The goal is to publish 100(ish) words daily & send them out via email. Consider subscribing if you'd like to receive daily broadcasts from me.

Aaron Rolston © 2099

Aaron Rolston © 2099