Lies are a common part of life. We hear them all the time, yet we may not even realize it. In a recent online forum, people discussed common lies we tell all ourselves. These are 11 of their most common responses.
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1. If I Had More Time, I Would Do X
You either want to do something or you don’t. It’s easy to give into the belief that you simply don’t have the time to do something.
Sure, if it’s something considerable it might be a challenge to achieve. However, in most cases, you just need to make the goal a priority. Otherwise, you’re only keeping yourself from reaching success.
2. I’m Smarter Than You
Call it delusions of grandeur or the Dunning-Kruger effect, but guys hate to think they aren’t the most intelligent person in the room — even when they know they aren’t. “Think of how stupid the average person is,” said the great George Carlin, “Then realize half of them are stupider than that.” Knowing one’s limits is a grown-up virtue.
3. She’ll Be Right
In Australia, blokes like the expression, “She’ll be right,” which translates as ‘Things will work themselves out.’ However, not having this mindset means you risk falling into panic mode, and nobody wants to spill their cold one.
Men are more ‘cup half-full in their appraisal of the situation than women — which annoys them. “It does happen sometimes, though,” argues a commenter.
4. Plenty of Fish
Maybe this applies to both sexes, but convincing ourselves that ‘the one’ is out there still happens. “Someone will want you one day,” jokes a guy in agreement.
“Six years, and still no one would even want to be near me.” Sadly, we live in denial, but this doesn’t mean romance must die. Just put yourself in the right situations.
5. I’m Getting Shredded This Summer
How many people have you spoken to in the spring who promise to renew their gym membership and start a new diet? Fast forward to June, and they are crushing their sixth beer — of the morning.
We’ve all said it; how many of us follow through? I am going to guess it’s less than half.
6. Karma Will Happen
“I feel very sorry for people who believe in karma,” observes the next thread post. “Most don’t even know how karma is supposed to work.” Karma is a spiritual concept deriving from Eastern Asian religions. Unless you believe in reincarnation, you don’t believe in karma.
7. Success Is Inherent
“The successful people worked their behinds off to get to the top,” suggests one gentleman. Of course, those who climbed to the top or built a business empire from a working-class background deserve respect. However, the reality is that most people at the top end of society were already there when they were born.
8. Leave It to The Experts
One observer claims we lie to ourselves that “The people in charge have our best interests at heart.” Sadly, anyone who watches the news will realize that the people in charge have one interest in common — themselves.
Now, with a divided Western world, those in charge can keep their interests front and center.
9. Keep Your Head Down
“We’ll be happier climbing the career ladder and making more money,” asserts a commenter with a hint of mockery. While building a career and asset portfolio is important, equally pertinent is stopping to reflect sometimes.
We shouldn’t delay that weekend away or decline that meet-up with old-school friends. Life is short, and your possessions mean nothing when you aren’t here to enjoy them.
10. I Know What I’m Doing
Sure you do. Many a times are lives are defined by nothing better than educated guesses. Life is a regular interval of trial and error.
However, that doesn’t always mean you know what you’re doing.
11. It Can Wait
In this case, the commenter is speaking relative to having children. You may feel that you’re young, so you can wait. “Especially when it comes to planning kids. You might feel young at 30 and even 40. But your biological clock says no,” they add.
There’s little fooling Father Time.
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This thread inspired this post.
I’m John Schmoll, a former stockbroker, MBA-grad, published finance writer, and founder of Frugal Rules.
As a veteran of the financial services industry, I’ve worked as a mutual fund administrator, banker, and stockbroker and was Series 7 and 63-licensed, but I left all that behind in 2012 to help people learn how to manage their money.
My goal is to help you gain the knowledge you need to become financially independent with personally-tested financial tools and money-saving solutions.