Kicking the Can Down the Street

Life is about action. It’s that simple, yet that hard.  If you want big change, it starts with little things. 

We as humans have a natural desire to take the path of least resistance. Our innate reaction is to choose immediate pleasure over any kind of uncomfortableness.  Rather than make our bed right now, we’d rather just enjoy the moment and worry about it later. Rather than return this phone call we need to, we’ll just push save on the voicemail and worry about it later as well. Rather than solving a major career decision, we’ll go grab drinks with some friends and worry about it later.  Examples are easy to come by…

It’s crazy what we do.  We will substitute just a few seconds of pleasure for hours of anguish…if it means we don’t have to deal with it right now.  Rather than just returning the phone call, we will push it aside for just a few moments of relief, followed by hours of anguish until the call is finally made.

Think about all your decisions throughout your day. Virtually every one has a payoff, now or later? I can tell you from vast personal experience(I mean vast), the opposite side of pleasure is pain. Pleasure is not happiness. A matter of fact, in most cases they are actually non-correlated.  When we instead tackle things immediately, we feel a sense of accomplishment that adds to our tank of happiness. 

Not dealing with life as it unfolds, kicking the can down the street so to speak, is not a long term solution for a life of happiness. When we tackle these things immediately, when we take care of business, it’s amazing how much easier life gets.  The reward is incredible. Its freedom.

Life is hard. It’s relentless. We are always having to do things we don’t want to do in that moment.  That’s what you signed up for in this game of life. Don’t look for shortcuts or ways to manipulate this game.  It can kill you.  Literally. 

Don’t let the little things take you down. The little victories are what build to major victories.  Start living this week.


Take action. Just do life on life’s terms this week.  Make your bed in the morning. Take the clothes out of the dryer now. Call everyone back.  If you feel sad because of a lost relationship, welcome the sadness and feel it.  Don’t just go grab a drink or pop a pill, which seems to be societal norm these days. Feel the pain of life because without, there’d be no such thing as happiness (thank you CS Lewis). Everything would just be average right?

You can build your strength of discipline by executing the small the things. If you do this all week, you’ll find the more challenging decisions, with bigger pay offs, will seem easier to handle with your growing confidence.  There is maybe no better way to build self-confidence than through discipline. Start driving life instead of having it drive you.

Make it a great week.

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Matt Miller
Author: Matt Miller

Matt Miller has done many things in his young addition to just surviving. In 2002, Matt left behind person he once was as his life was suddenly changed forever by a horrendous mountain climbing accident. Diving for his falling father, Matt fell over 4,000 feet before miraculously stopping just short of the ragid cliffs. Through a night of survival and pain, Matt persevered but lost most of his fingers and toes as a result from frostbite. Matt does everything from public speaking, one-on-one consulting, firm strategy, as well as company retreat facilitation. With a seasoned investment background and passion for educating the investment world, Matt also can't resist sharing his comments from time to time on markets. Matt is also an avid runner, successfully completing over 10 marathons without his toes! He is 38 and resides in Phoenix, Arizona.


  1. Dana Tully on October 25, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    This post came into my mailbox on just the right day, at just the right time. I read it and it was as if I heard an audible click of a switch turning on in my brain and my ass felt a kick to get moving. Keep on keeping on, man. Your message made a difference in my life today. Thanks.

    • mylifesherpa on October 25, 2019 at 10:26 pm

      Thanks Dana! You made my day as well. Life usually works that way…if we keep our eyes open, we often get what we need. Have a great weekend and thanks for reading!

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