“Pure hell forces action, but anything less can be endured with enough clever rationalization.”
I started reading the 4-hour Workweek and paused at this part. Ferriss talks about how we’re often bored or uninspired with some aspect of life, yet we do nothing to change it. We rationalize what we’re doing because it’s not that bad, right?
I’m visiting South Carolina and I haven’t been working for most of this week or doing much else. I’ve spent most of my time at the beach and going to new places. I’ve been sleeping a lot, too. I’ve put so much more space in my week to pause and think.
I’ve started asking myself questions that seem to arise when I give myself a little bit of time. What am I afraid of? What am I bored of? What do I want to go after? Is there anything I’ve been rationalizing away that I haven’t looked at until now? When things are only kind of bad, we justify them and continue drifting through them.
When I pause and think of these questions, I can start to see what might be kind of bad, and how I can act to change it.