Kicking the Can Down the Street 

Life is about action. It’s that simple, yet that hard.  

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’ll just push save on the voicemail and worry about it later. Rather than solving a major career decision, we 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. We won’t stop stressing it until it’s done. Yet we’ll do it again with the next voicemail.  It’s like we just keep hitting our head against the wall.

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. Don’t let pleasure fill your cup all the time, because it will leave you thirsty for true happiness.  When we do tackle these things immediately, when we take care of business, it’s amazing how much easier life gets.  It’s amazing how we grow and find freedom. We find renewed energy to tackle life even more, we gain inertia. 

We can’t intellectualize change into our life. We can’t think ourselves into a new way of acting, we must act ourselves into a new way of thinking.  


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, become easier to handle with your growing confidence.  There is maybe no better way to build self-worth than through self-control. When we can control ourselves, we can control our future.

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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.

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