How’s this for a simple life philosophy:
Always do what you know to be right.
You do know what’s right. Deep down in your Core, you do know.
Simplify your life and brush everything else aside. Cut out all the bullshit. And leave only what is right and good.
Be a good person. Embody Virtue.
Ninety-nine percent of the time, there’s no question what the proper path or thing to do is. And don’t bother to feign ignorance. This is you reading to yourself here. You can start by being honest.
And for those occasions where the right move is not immediately obvious, you can use your intellect and discernment simply to do what you believe is best; take action, evaluate the results and repeat the process until the right answer does become clear.
So make the decision to distinguish yourself in this degenerate world and have the courage to take the right path. Just do it for its own sake. There’s no need to seek fanfare or praise for doing so. Do it for yourself, for your family and for the Heavens. These are the right reasons for doing the right things.
Of course, there’s no guarantee that doing what’s right will lead to an easy life without concern or difficulty. But then we are not children here. We know this. As men, we’re aware we exist in a broken world where life is as much about suffering as it is about happiness.
But let me suggest to you that doing the right thing as a matter of principle will be a powerful way live. It will simplify your life, provide you with the benefits of a clear conscience and add tremendous meaning to all that you do.
You will have Force of Purpose.
It seems to me like this might be a pretty good way to go.
Do the right thing.
Right doesn’t only mean ethical or moral, it can also mean hard; as in hard path or easy path; hard way or easy way.
Doing the right thing can also mean doing the hard thing.
For whatever reason, the natural order has been shaped so that much of what’s worthwhile in this life is hard to achieve. Too bad I know, but it is what it is.
It’s going to take some serious effort to do well; lots of effort. There will be hard work, difficult circumstances, difficult people, disappointments, competitors, mistakes; you name it. Hard is hard for a reason.
One of the main reasons people don’t succeed to the level they would like to, to the level of their potential, is they’re simply not willing to ignore the effort it takes to get there. Most of the time it’s no more complicated than that. Hard work kills dreams. Period.
Most people know what their abilities are. And they know what they’re capable of, but they come up short in the long run because they won’t gut it out. Things just get too hard and they will look for and find an excuse to quit.
Or when it begins to dawn on them it will take 2 to 3 times as long as they expected, they will not simply ignore the time it’s going to take. And once again, a convenient excuse will manifest itself for a way out.
The problem in both cases, effort and time, is that the difficulty becomes the focus instead of the goal.
Don’t let this happen to you.
There’s just no way around it. At some point you’re going to have to get sick of failure or tired of being average. At some point you’re going to have to do the right thing by yourself and ignore the time and ignore the effort it takes to get to where you want to be.
Get angry if you have to. Or just sellout to your God given potential. Whatever it takes.
Go hardcore. Take the hard path.
And do what you know to be right.
Do the hard work.
Distractions are killers, killers of dreams; especially today. It’s never been easier to spend all of your day immersed in distraction.
These electronic devices we all carry around are designed to steal your attention. The most sophisticated of thinking and programming has gone into doing this. These corporations will spend unlimited money and resources in doing so. Attention is money. And money rules the world.
Even as I write this essay my Twitter feed is popping off and a competitor is texting me about buying some equipment. I must turn them off to focus and continue; to sit down and do the work; undisturbed and with focus.
And then there is the limitless entertainment available and always at hand. From sports, to movies, to YouTube, to gambling and social networks. After a while it can become a bad habit. Nothing but pure diversion for its own sake.
To say nothing of food, alcohol and sugar. All of these are designed and served up to keep bringing you back. To keep you addicted. More unproductive diversions ready to steal your life.
Remember what is important.
Do what is important.
Very often what is important and necessary is not urgent. It can be put off. So it gets put off. It gets put off by diversion. And then it gets put off some more. Until half your life has passed you by, wasted by the unimportant but immediate and pleasurable.
Doing the Important work is doing the right thing.
Bear down and focus on what is important in your life. Make time for it. Sit down or stand up and do the damn work. Develop some momentum. Develop some focus. Sharpen your edge.
Segregate your life into the immediate, diversions and the important. Find and make the time for what’s important. No one else can do this but you. It’s your responsibility and yours alone.
Be hard on yourself and hard on others if you have to. And that includes your loved ones. It’s a disservice to them and a disservice to you, not to shoulder the load of important work. Get out ahead of the curve. Do the heavy lifting.
This is what men do.
This is how men succeed.
Do what you know to be right.
Do the important work.
Do I have to say it? Apparently I do for some of you. You know who you are.
Stop doing things you know to be wrong.
Perhaps this should have been the first step. After all, one step forward and one or two steps back is not going to get you very far.
At some point you’ve got to realize that doing stupid shit you know to be wrong is hurting you. It’s holding you back. Burning the candle at both ends will never result in anything positive. Stop being stupid. Stop trying to be a paper badass.
Do you want to be a real bad ass? Then have some badass discipline and acquire some badass courage.
Stop it with the shallow and stop it with the wrong.
You know what these activities are. And the same goes for the associated people. Put it all behind you. Turn the corner and start a new life. Start working on your God given potential for fun. Start working on doing the right things for fun. Be a true rebel.
Rebel against your old ways. Rebel against your old “friends.” Rebel against the party. Piss some people off and Be Your Own Man.
Let yourself loose on the world for once. Face it all, head on with the best that you’ve got. And then get better.
Make yourself an outcast for good, not for what’s wrong. Which one of these two do you think will take more courage? Which one of these will make you an Original Hero?
Conduct yourself as how you would counsel someone you cared deeply for. You’re just as important to them as they are to you. So then set the same standards for yourself and hold yourself to account.
Enough is enough.
Clear a path for greatness.
Stop doing things that are wrong.
Put your past behind you. You can do this. We can all do this. After all, life can only really be lived in the Present Moment.
Give yourself a new life, right now.
And then live with no regrets.
Imagine that feeling; living with no regrets; living free; living with a clear conscience. It will open the door to peace of mind, joy and success.
So what is the magic formula for living a successful life, full of joy and peace of mind?
Stop doing things you know to be wrong.
And Do What You Know to be Right.
All the best,