If you feel like you give up way to easily, go easy on yourself. The fact is that we humans are guided by what is known as the “pleasure principle.” We want instant gratification instantly. Then again, instant gratification is not soon enough. We don’t care to be part of the process. We simply wish to be part of the outcome. The truth is that when you delay that instantaneous and prompt pleasure, you can then experience long-term satisfaction.

“Be true to yourself.” “You do you.” What on earth does that even mean? Who are you? When was the last time you did a checkup from the neck up to see if your life is on track? Sometimes we feel like we’re going off the rails on the crazy train. All aboard. Listen, the fact that you are still here is proof that whatever tried to beat you, lost.

So, what are you afraid of? You know what they say: “You’ve never experienced true fear until a poster falls off the wall in the middle of the night.” You know, if people in horror movies just listened to me, they would still be alive. Yet anxiety and angst are currents that run through every one of our lives.

“I’m always right, even when I’m right about being wrong.” I’ll bet a boatload of opinions have been coming your way as of late. The masses all appear fixated on certain topics and willingly offer many unwanted presumptions and postulations. Your friends and family may be well-intentioned, but they are not always the “experts” they imagine themselves to be.

What does genuine confidence look like? Clearly, it is not something you simply have. But there is no doubt that it comes from within. Do you ever feel so insecure that you actually noticed your weak and wobbly attempt at pretending you were sure of yourself? Do you suppose others noticed, too? Egads. Do you believe that you can accomplish whatever you set your mind to?

Are you unwilling to extend that ole olive branch, or do you need to beat people with it? Holding onto grudges? Have you ever truly forgiven someone? What are your reasons for forgiving some people but not others? As you move through life, you eventually collect and stockpile resentments, grievances, and even grudges against those whom you feel did you wrong. It’s been said: When you hold grudges, your hands aren’t free to catch blessings. Heck, my friend is holding a grudge after a food fight. He has a chip on his shoulder.