“Julian, you sound like a fucking robot.” His words hit me like a freight train. “Every time you talk on the phone, your voice sounds monotonous, and cold, and basically just really boring.” Shocked, all I could reply was, “Thanks, I guess.”
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
-Robert Frost / The Road Not Taken
I guess Robert Frost didn’t have self-improvement advice in mind when he wrote his famous poem “The Road Not Taken”. It makes for a fantastic tip, though, so I’ll borrow the last verse to explain how changing your ways can improve your life.
Everyone is afraid of taking certain actions.
- Should I ask this cute girl from work out?
- Should I go and start kickboxing?
- Should I put a stop to people walking all over me?
- Should I tell my parents I love them?
We are afraid of rejection, afraid of the outcome, afraid of getting hurt. All our life we are afraid. I know that nothing I write here can free you from the anxiety. But I can give you a new perspective which might motivate some of you to take action despite feeling fear. I’ll do it with an analogy.
Whenever I feel negative emotions like anger, depression or entitlement I immediately go ahead and play one of the videos in this post. Inspirational videos won’t bring you success in life – only you can do that. But they are great for giving you a lift up when you are down or get you to exceed what you thought possible when you are up. Bookmark the videos and play them whenever you need a little push.