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The 5 Lies That Will Slowly Ruin Your Life

“No man was ever so much deceived by another as by himself.”  -- Fulke Greville

You lie to yourself all the time. So do I. So does everyone. It’s as natural as breathing, but over the long run it can make us fall far short of where we want to be in life. That being said, there are some particularly pernicious deceptions that do cataclysmic damage to our lives over the long term like…

1) You are working hard: Almost everyone seems to think he’s working hard and almost everyone is wrong. You are not working hard at your job if you are working 40 hours a week. You are not working hard on losing weight if you are eating “diet” pizza and “diet” ice cream (trust me, I know all about that one). You are not working hard on anything if you are just doing it whenever you happen to feel like it. What’s working hard? Ronda Rousey went to the Olympics for judo, was considered the best female mixed martial artist on the planet for awhile, has done movies, and is now in the WWE. When she started training for MMA, something that typically takes 4-6 hours of exhausting physical activity per day, she was also working three jobs to support herself. Tomasz Kucemba, CEO of KARORA Cosmetics, regularly puts in 100 hour weeks. Legendary Olympic swimmer “Michael Phelps told CNN that he practices every single day in the pool for three to six hours, doing separate exercises on dry land four to five days a week.” How does your “I sure am working hard” compare to what those people are doing? It matters because hard work may be the difference between getting where you want to go in life and coming up short. Granted, not everyone needs that level of monomaniacal obsession to get ahead. That’s good because there are very few people who have it and there are an awful lot of people who could do as much work in two days as they typically do in a week and who tell themselves that they’re killing it.