This is part 3 of great life advice from Ryan Holiday’s book, “The Obstacle is the way.” The following concept is SIMPLE but not EASY…
The next time you find yourself in a fix, step back and imagine that a close friend is dealing with your issue.
What would you say?
How would you advise him or her?
How would you show your support?
Mr. Holiday makes the point that we can advise others better than ourselves because we can be more objective, honest and less emotional about the problem. The advice, support and encouragement we give others is usually much better and wiser than what we often tell ourselves.
(Let’s face it, we lie and talk down to ourselves, indulge in pessimism and self pity..none of which we would saddle a good pal with.)
So the next time you’re in a bind..take a moment, close your eyes, and imagine you are helping a friend in your exact situation… (listen carefully to what you say.)
Give it a try.
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