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Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus write about living a meaningful life with less stuff for 3 million readers. As featured on: ABC, CBS, NBC, BBC, TODAY Show, NPR, Forbes, The Atlantic, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and National Post. They live in Missoula, Montana.

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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