Sometime the truth can be tough. You may not like it, but you can’t ignore it.
The following 12 truths can make you better in 2019 and beyond if you embrace and use them.
1. You can’t take full credit for your successes if you don’t take responsibility for your failures. You can learn as much or more from your failures as your successes.
2. If someone speaks ill of others to you, odds are high they speak ill of you around others. And they know the same is likely true of you when you speak ill of others.
3. Benefit of the doubt should be reciprocal. Give others the same benefit of the doubt you’d like them to give you.
4. You can’t text and drive safely at the same time. I can’t, you can’t nobody can. Stop before you hurt yourself or others.
5. Going to the gym and talking and incessantly checking your phone won’t make you fitter. Focusing on exercising and breaking a sweat will.
6. You can’t out-exercise a bad diet. Eat better by learning what to eat, how much to eat and sticking to the plan.
7. It doesn’t matter how many books you buy or own, it is about how many books you read. And don’t just read for entertainment, read to learn and become more.
8. There is always a backstory, and If you don’t know it, you don’t know the whole story. Before rushing to judgement or conclusion, dig a little deeper for greater clarity and insight.
9. Telling someone you love them isn’t the same as showing them you love them. Words are good but behaviors are far better.
10. Accepting an important idea from another without considering the source or the reasons behind it is dangerous. Do the very hard work of thinking for yourself (which sounds easier than it is).
11. Being addicted to novelty will prevent you from the benefits of depth. Wide interests are stimulating but wisdom comes from knowing when and where to go deep.
12. Committing to what is true and right isn’t as easy as choosing what feels right and what you want to be true. Discernment and discomfort often go together.
Wishing you a healthy, prosperous and happy New Year!
Mark Sanborn is a bestselling author and acclaimed speaker. For more information, visit marksanborn.com