Live With Reality: Dealing With The Real World

As I write this post, we are one month into 2021. I can’t believe we’re already in February. Some people may have kicked off their new year in the right direction. On the other hand, other people have had a rocky start so far. Some people struggle to live with reality, and it can hold them back in accomplishing their goals. That’s what I want to write about in this post briefly.

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Live with reality: What does it mean to live in reality?

If 2020 was a challenging year for you (as most people have gone through), you might know what I mean. It’s not easy to go through a rough period, as you may need to make some changes. Whether it’s for the better or, the worse, do what’s in your best interests. 

Many people wish they were in better circumstances. No one likes to go through pain or a tough transition. But either way, it may help you get to somewhere better down the road. If you don’t like the current situation around the world, understand you need to accept reality. It may not be suitable for you now, but you can improve your situation.

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Live with reality: Why is it important to live in reality?

In the last few weeks, the U.S. has gone through a transition of power in government. Not everyone likes this situation: people such as you and me cannot change the outcome. For the better or worse, some will benefit while the rest will suffer for some time. To make it an exact point, this situation is very much like an unfortunate reality.

The current situation that’s going on may not be suitable for a lot of people. However, that doesn’t mean the world is coming to an end. No matter what’s going on outside your life, most of the stuff is a bunch of noise. 

Some things won’t matter to you at the end of the day. It’s a big reason why I think politics is a waste of time.

Whether you like it or not, the reality we face today is something we all have to accept. You, as individuals nor I, cannot do much about what goes on around the world.

The good news is there are things we have control over. If we know what we can control, that’s when we can start changing ourselves for the better. Moreover, we can become influential and bring positive change.

-Eric T. Seil

Is what happening today really matter to you?

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In a recent post I wrote about, I listed several reasons why watching the news is bad for you. But I also emphasized that you do not have to stay informed all the time. You may think watching the news brings value to your life; however, what you see may not be accurate and a bunch of garbage.

Thinking about who is in charge of running the country might matter now. But in the long-run, nothing changes when it comes to improving your life. If anything, it only matters if you get a letter in the mail from the IRS. Or, you get an unexpected visit from the FBI or the secret service. That’s when you need to be concerned about what’s going on. 

But until then, there’s no need to worry much about current events. Some of it might be entertaining, but news coverage doesn’t provide any value to your life. It’s why I suggested you avoid watching the news altogether. 

I’ll admit it’s something I’ve stuck to doing this year. If you can tune out from the noise going, you’d be amazed what kind of work you can get done. Saving all that time from consuming media would benefit you tremendously.

Weekly Lesson: Accept reality as it is- Think of it as being a positive thing

The point I’m getting across is this: Whether you like reality or not, there will always be a silver lining. Sure, bad things might happen around the world. However, think of excellent outcomes that can happen to you soon.  

If it’s focusing on your side hustle, you can invest more time into building that business. Why not use that time to turn your passion into a thriving business?

Where the world stands today can benefit all of us in one way or another. Based on my understanding, I see it as a step in the right direction for me. Maybe not for the world, but it can help my situation. If I choose to work on improving myself, then I will benefit in the long-run.

Live with reality- Choose joy

What good things can you do in today’s reality

I don’t think you do yourself any good if you choose to live in your own reality. If you prefer to live in the world you want, you’re not going to get far in life. Instead, choosing to live in the world as it is is the better option.

Whether you like it or not, the reality we face today is something we all have to accept. You, as individuals nor I, cannot do much about what goes on around the world.

The good news is there are internal things we have control over. If we know what we can control, that’s when we can start changing ourselves for the better. Moreover, we can become influential and bring positive change.

But it’s not possible to change the world overnight. I think that’s a long stretch. Instead, why not choose to find others who agree with your views? Seek out those people and start having conversations. Educate them, inform them, and maybe change their minds for the better.

Wrap-Up

Learning how to live with reality is not easy. People may prefer to live in their worlds, but the real world doesn’t work that way. Whether it’s personal or professional, you will be faced with unfortunate truths. 

I’ve learned it the hard way over the years. It may not be easy to change the world overnight, but you can start somewhere. Reaching out to others who agree with you is a good start, and then grow your following moving forward.

Living with reality is the way to go. As I mentioned earlier, if you’re willing to ignore the “noise” and focus on other things, you’re on the path in the right direction.

What is your perception of reality today? Do you think it’s unfair, or that it should be better?

If not, what will you do to become a better individual today?

Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

Here is this week’s word, quote, and principle to reflect on.

Word of the Week

  • Cajole – to deceive by flattery; coax

Quote of the Week

  • Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use. – Emily Post

Life Principle of the Week

  • Common Sense – Thinking before acting; using good judgment 

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