The Reason We Don’t Practice What We Preach

I have a confession to make.  My life isn’t great all the time.  Yup.  Can you believe it?

I make videos every single day and most of the time I have a relatively positive demeanor.

Most days I look like I’m calm, cool, and collected.  In fact that’s the feedback I receive most.

“You seem so natural on camera. You seem like you’re always on top of things.  Is your life really that good?”

The truth of the matter is that I am extremely comfortable on camera and in general I’d say I do have a calm demeanor.

But one thing I’ve never done, and will never do, is lie about when my life sucks.  I won’t pretend to be happy when I’m not.

And lately, I’ve been in a rut.  It’s a shitty rut.  A rut I know will pass but a rut nonetheless.  But you know what this rut is?

It’s not necessarily my life sucking.  It’s not even things not really going my way.

It’s this feeling I get when I don’t practice what I preach.

What do I preach?

I preach productivity on a daily basis.  I preach authenticity on a daily basis.  I preach cutting through all the crap and getting to the point on a daily basis.

And it’s not as if these subjects aren’t a part of my daily life.

It’s not like I’m not consciously thinking of these things, because I am.

But sometimes I find myself getting into the same traps that I myself preach to avoid.

Sometimes I find myself checking my email way too many times a day.

Sometimes I find myself drifting out of focus and letting an hour or two get away from me.

Sometimes I find myself being too concerned about how one of my websites looks instead of what it says.

I find myself being guilty of not practicing what I preach and I find myself asking, “why is this happening?”

The answer

There are two answers to this which make me feel a little bit better.

The first one is that I’m human.  Humans make mistakes.  I mean there are drug counselors out there who are drug addicts.

There are personal trainers in the world who are obese.

There are endless amounts of examples of people who don’t practice what they preach or “teach.”

And part of the reason for this is that they are human.  We are prone to errors.  We are prone to giving in to temptation once in a while (if not more).

Sometimes our animal instincts get the best of us.

The second reason why we don’t practice what we preach is because it’s easier.

Ever hear the sarcastic phrase “those who cannot do teach?”

It’s essentially saying that it’s easier to stay at home and teach something than it is to go out in the real world and do it.

Unfortunately there’s a lot of truth to that.

Living a caged lifestyle is much easier and when something is easier you are more prone to do it.

And that’s why we fall backwards sometimes.

This is all OK if……

By the way, there’s nothing wrong with any of this.

I’m allowed to fall off the path once in a while.

There’s no such thing as a straight line to the top, as long as you reach the top.

What matters is being further along at the end than at the beginning.

The drawbacks are lessons.  The bumps are valuable.

Just don’t get stuck in any of the holes for too long and you’ll be fine.

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