I think we can all agree that it’s much easier to talk about the weather or sports than your fear of mortality.
However, the more time you ignore the brutal truths about life, the more time you’ll waste not being your authentic self and getting the most out of every day.
Money isn’t your most valuable asset, time is.
Let the list below serve as a spark of inspiration to make better use of your limited time on Earth. Sometimes we need to hear the harsh truths to appreciate what we have and renew our passion for life.
Here are 20 confronting truths that we all need to hear:
1) You’re going to die and you have no idea when.
Nope, you’re not invincible. Acknowledge your time will come and start planning your life so that you can get the most out of it.
2) Everyone you love is going to die, and you don’t know when.
This truth is saddening, but it also gives you motivation to make the most of the time you have with your loved ones while they’re here. Your relationships are precious, so get the most meaning you can out of them.
3) Money won’t make you a happier or better person.
While you need enough money to live, research has shown that anything beyond that won’t make you happier. Real peace comes from inside yourself.
4) Your obsession with finding happiness prevents you from finding it.
Attaching yourself to an idea of happiness and what it should be is the exact anti-thesis of what happiness is. To be happy, you need to let go and accept life as it is.
5) You can’t make everyone happy
Being a people pleaser won’t give you happiness. It’s much better for everyone involved to respect your own values, principles and autonomy.
6) You’ll never be perfect.
Many of us have unrelenting inner critics that constantly self-hate. Stop holding yourself to unrealistic standards. Fight back against that negative voice.
7) Your thoughts are less important than your feelings.
Your emotions need acknowledgement. Intellectually thinking through problems isn’t as helpful as expressing your true feelings.
8) Your actions speak louder than your words.
Words are meaningless without action. Make sure your hold yourself to account.
9) Your achievements and successes won’t matter in your death bed.
When your time has come, you won’t be thinking up that time you got that raise. You’ll be thinking about your relationships you’ve made, so prioritize accordingly.
1o) Talent means nothing without practice and effort.
If you’re not prepared to put the effort in, it doesn’t matter how talented you are. Grit and dedication is far more important.
11) Now in the only time that matters.
The future and past are illusions, now is the only thing that exists. The quickest way to happiness to fully accept and embrace the present moment.
12) Your words are more important than your thoughts so start inspiring people.
Words have the power to oppress, hurt and shame, but they also have the power to liberate and inspire – use them wisely.
13) Investing in yourself is the most worthwhile you can do.
It isn’t selfish to invest yourself. Before you can help others, you have to help yourself.
14) It’s not what happens, it’s how you react that matters.
Train yourself to respond in a way that benefits you.
15) You need healthy relationships to be happy.
Relationships are the greatest factor in happiness, so make sure you give them the attention they deserve.
This article was originally published on Hack Spirit.