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Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus write about living a meaningful life with less stuff for 2 million readers. They live in Montana by way of Dayton, Ohio. As featured on: CBS, BBC, NPR, USA Today, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, and Toronto Star.

If, Then

if then

You’re making up lies to justify your mood.

—Jay Nash, “Everything”

People concoct all kinds of excuses to explain their bad decisions:

If I had more money, I could be happy.

If I had better genes, I could lose weight.

If I had more time, I could exercise more.

If I liked vegetables, I could eat healthier.

If I had gone to college, I could be successful.

If this, then that. It’s the if statement that fails. Such utterances are debilitating self-fulfilling prophecies. They hold you back. The best thing to do is remove the if clause from your declarations, revealing your true potential:

I could be happy.

I could lose weight.

I could exercise more.

I could eat healthier.

I could be successful.

Because, truth be told … if you wanted to, you could live a meaningful life.


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