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12 Critical Things You Should Never Tolerate

There is so much in life that we just tolerate. Some of it we have to deal with (taxes, bad weather, traffic). But there’s a good portion of stuff that we tolerate even when we don’t have to. We step around things, overlook irritations, and mindlessly accept energy drains. Perhaps we’ve become so immune to these tolerations that we don’t recognize the negative impact they have on us.

Sometimes just recognizing the things we are tolerating in life gives us a renewed sense of hope and energy. If you don’t know what’s pulling you down, it feels impossible to make your life better. Even small changes and shifts with these life tolerations can result in dramatic improvement in your outlook and mood.

However, when you address some of your bigger tolerations, you can completely change the course of your life and open doors to a world of happiness and inner peace that you didn’t know existed.

Think about the poorest of the poor, living in squalor and despair without the hope of a better future. When they are lucky enough to see the connection between education and life success, they have found a portal to escape poverty and misery. It’s a huge shift.

In the same way, we must search for these portals that will allow us to move to the next level of powerful living. Our tolerations are the brambles and vines growing over the portal doorway. We must clear them away to be able to open the door and walk through.

Do you want to walk through the portal to a happier life? If so, here are 12 situations that you should never tolerate if you want to live joyfully. See if you recognize yourself in any of these tolerations. If so, now is the time to clear them away.

1. Unhappiness at work.

You spend nearly half of your life at your job. If you are unhappy, do you really want to give away that much of your life? Think of the impact it has on your emotional well-being, your health, and your relationships. Think of the opportunities missed for doing something that you love, that is fulfilling. Don’t settle for living this way forever. Find a job that you love. Get more education if necessary. At the least, make changes within your current job to lessen your unhappiness.

2. A Long Commute.

A long commute to work by car or public transportation is stressful and empty. Hours in a vehicle adds up to days, months, years wasted in traveling when you could be doing and living. Find a job closer to home, or move closer to your job. Whatever your reason is for this commute, is it really worth the lost time?

3. An Unhealthy Lifestyle.

Are you overweight? Do you smoke? Are you sedentary? Do you eat junk? Do you abuse alcohol or other substances? An unhealthy lifestyle leads to an unhappy life. If you feel bad and look bad, you can’t enjoy life. This is your one and only life, and your body is your sacred garment. Take care of it now.

4. Draining Relationships.

If there are people in your life who are abusive, demeaning, angry, hurtful, not supportive, unethical, or crazy, it is time to let them go. You may have your reasons for hanging on, but do these reasons really outweigh the negative impact they have on your life? At the very least, find ways to cut back on interactions with these people.

5. A Disordered Living Space.

How you live is a reflection of who you are. You don’t need to live in a mansion with lots of stuff, but your living space should reflect the joy, order, and peace you want in your life. It should be clean, orderly, and have some expressions of beauty and warmth. It should feel welcoming to you and to guests in your home.

6. Negativity.

It is around us all the time, invading our minds like termites. We hear and see negative ideas and images on the news. Our friends and associates share their negative stories or reactions to life events. We hear negative lyrics in songs or watch violence and abuse in movies or on TV. Before we know it, we feel negative and depressed about our lives. Turn it off. Walk away. Stop listening. Instead watch, read, and listen to uplifting and positive ideas and information.

7. Too Much Stuff.

Over the years, we accumulate. We like to buy things. We like to have things. But these things require our time, energy, money, and effort. They lose their shine and we lose our interest. They become a burden — something we have to dust rather than enjoy. Get rid of this stuff and free up time and energy in your life.

8. Financial Problems.

The stress and emotional pain caused by financial problems steals your joy and peace in life. Whatever you are doing now or did in the past to cause the problem, do something about it now. Yes, some financial difficulties are unavoidable, but do whatever you can to lessen the stress, even if it means delivering pizzas for a while. If you are over-spending, stop. Sell some things. Very few “things” are worth the stress of money worries.

9. Living Out of Your Integrity.

Are you living in alignment with your values? Are you being true to yourself? Do you need to apologize for something or ask for forgiveness? When you are living outside of your integrity, it causes a disruption in your soul and your psyche. It drains your energy, fosters guilt, and saps your self-esteem. Get right with yourself and with others.

10. Living Without Fun.

If you life is all duty and work (even if the work is enjoyable), you are living out-of-balance. Fun and relaxation are necessary ingredients for a full and joyful life. By removing some of the other stresses from your life, you can make room for pleasurable activities, travel, and entertainment. The world is your beautiful oyster meant to be enjoyed.

11. Accepting Ignorance and Inertia.

We use both of these as excuses not to do something. We talk ourselves into our own inability to accomplish or change because we are afraid. We are afraid it will be hard, we are afraid we might fail, we are afraid it won’t work. You and everyone else knows these are just excuses to avoid. Don’t accept them anymore. Stretch yourself.

12. Lack of Communication.

In every single relationship you have, especially your primary relationship, healthy communication is essential to your life happiness. We you aren’t communicating properly with someone, you feel anxious, angry, frustrated, and helpless. Open, honest, loving communication is the number one ingredient for successful relationships. If you don’t know how to communicate in a healthy way, then learn how to and begin to implement these skills.

Use the next few minutes to think about one area in your life you are just tolerating. How does this toleration impact your sense of well-being and joy? What is one action you could take today to begin to eliminate this toleration? Even a small change can make a huge shift for the better in your life.

Barrie Davenport is a personal and career coach and the founder of Live Bold and Bloom, a blog about bold and fearless living. She is also editor-in- chief of The Daily Brainstorm and author of Discover Your Passion: A Step-by-Step Course for Creating the Life of Your Dreams.

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  • http://www.timelessinformation.com Armen Shirvanian

    Hi Barrie.

    I gladly say no to draining relationships. There was a time in the past when I wouldn’t, but now I do. Also, if part of a relationship is good, I’ll compartmentalize and keep that part, and get rid of any draining parts. We have to do things like this to maintain our sanity and sense of partial control.

    Also, I agree with your point about having too much stuff. I think we all like the feeling of keeping some stuff around and adding to it, creating a nice comfort zone, but the comfort zone doesn’t protect us from potential problems, and makes us feel like we are more safe than we actually are. I have to get rid of some books.

  • http://www.bestihave.com Marion Youngblood

    Magnificent article. Every single one of the 12 situations you talk about makes such a huge difference in life and it is incredibly powerful to see them compiled here in your list. And you are so right, just recognizing what we tolerate is often enough to fuel our hope and energy and with hope and energy, we can make our life much, much better. Great words here. Thanks!

  • http://www.liveboldandbloom.com Barrie/Live Bold and Bloom

    Hi Marion,
    I am so glad you liked the article. Yes, our tolerations are sometimes invisible to us. We just keep putting up with them, wondering why we feel so bad. It makes so much sense to evaluate this in our lives. Once we see that we are tolerating something, it’s pretty hard to continue to let it go. Thank you for your kind comments.

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  • http://upgrade-complete.com Sean

    #2 is a HUGE one!

    My wife has a 2hr commute every single day, and it really is taking a huge toll on her well-being.

    This is why we’re moving closer to her work next month. I’m so excited for her to not have to deal with this in her life anymore. Driving is without a doubt the most stressful thing most people do.

    Thanks Barrie!

  • http://Mazzastick.com Justin

    It would be a great idea to create more jobs that have an option to work from home. The morning Nascar scene is unbearable at times.

    I would imagine stopping periodically, and reflecting on your life would be beneficial to make any necessary changes. It seems like people have forgotten that they still have the ability of choice in any situation.

  • http://www.peppervirtualassistant.com Jay Costan

    #1 is definitely a first.

    If you’re happy with your current job, then work would be less stressful and there’s a tendency that you can give more than what you are expected. Being happy is a choice. That’s why, I admire and envy people who take risk in fulfilling what they love they to do. Too bad not all people can make that choice in this world today.

  • http://livingthebalancedlife.com Living the Balanced Life

    Oh, I feel a dagger in the heart! I have been guilty of all of these at some point in time! We shouldn’t tolerate these things, but I think that many of us don’t feel worthy, OR we don’t want to put the effort into change.
    Great post!
    Bernice
    The Struggle with the Juggle-WAHMs

  • Richard Bacher

    “If there are people in your life who are abusive, demeaning, angry, hurtful, not supportive, unethical, or crazy, it is time to let them go.”

    Sorry, but sometimes their family and integrity wins.

    Otherwise wonderful article.

  • http://www.liveboldandbloom.com Barrie/Live Bold and Bloom

    Sean — that’s wonderful you’ve made the decision to move. It will be great for both of you. More time and less stress makes for a happy couple!

    Justin– I agree with you that we often forget we have choice. That has certainly happened for me in the past. When you realize you do have a choice, your old ways suddenly become unacceptable.

    Hi Bernice — I think we all have been guilty of all of these. As I’ve gotten older and become more aware of my mortality, many of these things just aren’t acceptable to me. I want to make the most of every day.

    Richard — I know what you mean — it’s hard to let go of family members, even when they pull you down. I did mention that if you can’t let these people go, you can manage the amount of time with them. And I guess a lot depends on how draining and debilitating the relationship is. Glad you liked the post!

  • http://nycbikecommuter.info/ AdamDZ

    “Stumbled Upon” this post. It hits a few nerves here and there. I’ve been working on some of these for a while: happiness at work, shorter and better commute (by bicycle), simplifying my life, paying off my debts, becoming less negative, losing weight. It’s not easy, but I hope it’s doable. I’m looking to relocate to a nicer, quieter and slower place and get a less frustrating job. Those can really consume your soul and make your life miserable. Good article, recaps a lot of I have been trying to address in my own life. Cheers!

  • http://www.ascendingdream.com Ascending Dream

    These are such great things to think about! Especially since overcoming complacency is a difficult process. Even simply being aware that we aren’t happy with something is the first step to changing it. Thanks.

  • Normal Person

    You are a douche.

    “Have this ? Well quit now.”

    Thanks for wasting precious second and kilobytes with your article. Overstating the obvious seems to be a great way to spread opinion these days. I commend you on your immesurable lack of creativity. I look forward to not reading anything else you ever write.

    I’ll work off of #11, and accept my ignorance of this article ever being written.

  • Kevin

    @Normal Person;

    Nope, Your a douche.

    Your comments reek of self-righteousness and chances are, you rate your own intelligence above average, far above what it actually is.

    Maybe #13 should be; Ignore Serial Complainers (A subset of Draining Relationships)

  • http://www.liveboldandbloom.com Barrie/Live Bold and Bloom

    Hi Adam, congratulations on your hard work toward making your life better. It takes time to figure out what’s important, but it looks like you are on the way!

    Ascending Dream, so glad you liked the article and found it useful. Awareness is absolutely the first step to change.

    Kevin, thank you for your gallant defense. :)I sometimes forget that the internet can foster a lack of manners and civility.

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  • http://TalkAboutHealth.com tanya

    I stumbled upon this and wanted to thank you. I recently left a career because it was not making me happy. Now I am struggling to find a job in a new field which is tough especially due to all of the experienced competition. But I need to be happier at work so I will keep going.

  • http://www.liveboldandbloom.com Barrie/Live Bold and Bloom

    Dre and Jhon, thank you so much — I appreciate your kind comments!

    Tanya, don’t give up on finding a career you love. Have you ever taken the Myers Briggs personality test? If not, it might give you some insights into other areas for a career that matches your personality type.

  • Girl

    There is a big difference between “learning from your mistakes” (yes we need to keep making them to learn from life) and recommending that people avoid making them in order to feel better about themselves…life in a bubble… Toughen Up !

  • http://letgoandflow.com David

    #1 is my biggest problem right now. I am in that in between state where I don’t hate my job, but I definitely wouldn’t say I am happy. I know that I shouldn’t tolerate unhappiness, but it’s hard to make a change! I’m trying though, thanks for the inspiration!

  • Sandeep Muteja

    @Barrie/Live Bold and Bloom- I really thank you for posting this article, few points mentioned above are difficult to implement in my life. I want to change my life but I am bounded. How can we overcome such situations?

  • http://www.tradingpounds.com Stephanie Wetzel | Trading Pounds

    Great post, Barrie! I know that numbers 1, 2, and 3 have opened up some huge shifts in my life and happiness. Thanks for taking the time to remind us all how much these little annoyances can affect our life!

    Change can be difficult, but in the end it is totally worth it.

    Steph

  • http://www.thehirers.com lavanya

    Too much stuff – Yeah I could never tolerate it. I am kinda minimalist & I love the way simplicity makes me feel.

  • http://www.liveboldandbloom.com Barrie/Live Bold and Bloom

    Girl — I’m not quite sure I understand your comment, but I’m not recommending we avoid mistakes (which is impossible). I’m suggesting we tackle the big issues in life that drain us and inhibit happiness and do whatever we can to eliminate the situation or make it better.

    David, I know exactly what you mean. I hope you will keep searching. When you find something that you are truly excited about and really love, you will wonder why you accepted mediocre for so long. Do what you can to keep searching it!

    Sandeep, I just I’d need to know what is binding you to the situations and what the situations are. Life does present us with difficult choices. Sometimes we have to go through some pain or hardship to get what we really want. If you would like to contact me personally, my email address is on my blog. :)

    Hi Stephanie, I know you have gone through fire to make some amazing changes in your life. You are an inspiration!

    Lavanya, That’s wonderful. Life is so much less complicated when you don’t have lots of “stuff” to deal with. Good for you!

  • http://CampbellDuke.com Beth Campbell Duke

    A friend Stumbled Upon this post and sent it to me for a couple of reasons:
    1. We are both in the situation of creating work we love, and in shaping up our lives in a number of ways – most of which you hit upon in this post.
    2. My new career directly addresses point #1 in your post – I help people find or create work they LOVE. I smiled when I read your comment about the Myers-Brigg’s as that is one of the tools I use to help people find their direction. By far, determining a direction is the most difficult part of the process. I appreciate @Tanya’s comment, too, about competition in her field – once you know what you want to go after there are some effective and low-cost strategies to boost your effectiveness in marketing yourself.

    This is a great post – thank you. I’ve tweeted you and subscribed!

    Take Care,
    Beth

  • IE

    This article is so ignorant of people living in poverty, that it is shameful. This author is ridiculous! Some of the content is so ignorant of the plight of many people such as: “Think about the poorest of the poor, living in squalor and despair without the hope of a better future. When they are lucky enough to see the connection between education and life success, they have found a portal to escape poverty and misery.”
    “By removing some of the other stresses from your life, you can make room for pleasurable activities, travel, and entertainment.”

    There is no doubt in my mind that this author has never worked or been deeply exposed to anyone other than people like herself. Shame on her!

  • http://www.liveboldandbloom.com Barrie/Live Bold and Bloom

    Hi Beth, I am so glad the article resonated with you just at the right time. I have found Myers Briggs to be so useful in my own search for the right career, and I use it all the time as a coach too. Thank you for your kind comments, and I am thrilled you became a subscriber.

    Dear IE, I am so sorry this article offended you. My inspiration for the comment related to the poor was Oprah Winfrey’s school for girls in Africa. These are people who live in abject poverty but who truly get the value of education in spite of their poverty. This school is now changing lives dramatically. The poor are not immune from the desire to make their lives better, and some are able to achieve that. Your comments about my own work and life I’m sure were spoken in haste as you know nothing about me. I have worked since I was 13-years-old and have been exposed to many people, rich and poor, critical and kind.

  • Char

    Fantastic article.

    As a result of losing my job involuntary, number #1 and #9 have changed my life. I didn’t realize how much happier I could be without a job that was so misaligned with my values and beliefs! Now I have a beautiful opportunity to develop my strengths and the other things that naturally make me happy. I’m able to and develop marketability for my passions and talents so that my enhanced natural skills will produce an intrinsically rewarding livelihood.

  • Nick

    This article left me feeling like I’d been repeatedly punched in the mouth. Thanks.

    You know that sick, hollow feeling you get when someone makes a whole pile of criticisms but fails to offer any sort of remedy? Yeah…

  • http://pamelakennard.com pamela

    i am dealing with at least 8 of the 12 right now. you do what you can, where you can. i would put draining relationships at the top of my hit list.

    great read, thanks.

  • http://www.liveboldandbloom.com Barrie/Live Bold and Bloom

    Hi Nick, so sorry it left you feeling that way. It is frustrating for anyone to realize that they might be doing things that hold them back from happiness. Most of us are wise enough to figure out the “how to’s” of making the necessary changes. It’s finding the will and courage to make difficult choices that go with change. Change, even change for the better, isn’t without consequences. If everything were easy, then we’d all be doing it.

    Hi Pamela, you can tackle these one at a time, dealing with the most draining first. Do what you can to make it better. Small change will empower you. Even a discussion with a draining person to let them know what is bothering you (in a kind and mature way) can make a huge difference.

  • Richard Bacher

    “I did mention that if you can’t let these people go, you can manage the amount of time with them. And I guess a lot depends on how draining and debilitating the relationship is.”

    If my friend read this article he might feel like Nick.

    I think it’s time for an article about bad marriages that choose to stay together for the kids.

    “When they are lucky enough to see the connection between education and life success, they have found a portal to escape poverty and misery. It’s a huge shift.”

    I don’t quite know the context you’re speaking to here…perhaps you can clarify.

  • Richard Bachers

    “I did mention that if you can’t let these people go, you can manage the amount of time with them. And I guess a lot depends on how draining and debilitating the relationship is.”

    If my friend read this article he might feel like Nick.

    I think it’s time for an article about bad marriages that choose to stay together for the kids.

    “When they are lucky enough to see the connection between education and life success, they have found a portal to escape poverty and misery. It’s a huge shift.”

    I don’t quite know the context you’re speaking to here…perhaps you can clarify.

  • http://www.jeremyochsner.com Jeremy Ochsner

    Great stuff, especially the negative part. Wouldn’t you agree that people want to be around others who are positive? Books, music, movies, blogs, and news can be positive if we pick the right ones.

    The integrity piece was huge, also. Forgive and apologize, great recommendations. Too many times I find myself hiding behind something, usually an excuse, to not apologize or let go.

    As Og Mandino’s scroll 7 says, I will laugh at the world, having joy and being positive are keys to success in any endeavor.

    To Your Success,

  • http://www.liveboldandbloom.com Barrie/Live Bold and Bloom

    Hi Richard, I wasn’t speaking only of marriage relationships.There are many relationships that we have in life that we keep for reasons that no longer serve our best interests. Of course there are some we maintain from our integrity even if they aren’t great. It’s all a balance, and you have decide what to change to maintain your happiness and integrity. Regarding the poverty comment, many people who live in poverty never have the opportunity for a better education. But some do, and if they make the connection between education and life success, they have found a pathway to escape. Most of us aren’t living in poverty, and those pathways are easier to find. We should look for them.

    Jeremy, I’m so glad you like it. I probably should have listed integrity first. Everything else has to follow that. Once you define your values and how you want to live your life, it is easier to make decisions about all of the other areas.

  • http://www.pickthebrain.com Editor, Pick The Brain

    Want to say a BIG congrats to Barrie, whose blog has just broken a PTB record. This post (12 Critical Things You Should Never Tolerate) has had more than 50,000 views in under 48 hours! Incredible job, Ms. Davenport!

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  • Deb

    Hi Barrie,

    Your 90 day confidence booster (above) is erroring out, and I’d really like to sign up for it. Help, please?

  • http://www.liveboldandbloom.com Barrie/Live Bold and Bloom

    Hi Erin, wow, that is so exciting. I am thrilled the post has been so well-received. Thank you so much for including it on Pick The Brain!

    Deb, the Confidence Booster is part of Pick The Brain. I will let the editors know and have them contact you.

  • http://www.liveboldandbloom.com Barrie/Live Bold and Bloom

    Since this post has struck such a chord with so many people, I have written a follow-up post on my blog. You can read it here: http://liveboldandbloom.com/03/self-improvement/when-you-must-cut-off-your-arm-to-save-your-life#more-2564

  • isaac

    The hits are because someone submitted this link to stumbleupon.

    And I’m with Nick, for real…. this is all accurate information, but
    in reality, I’m just trying to get my damn head above water. And while
    I would looooooooooove to “address” these and clear them out… i had
    neglected to set my life up the way i should have when i was younger
    and now i have SEVERAL of these as REAL consequences….
    So yeah, its about will and courage yes, but numbers dont lie friends,
    and some numbers you NEED to survive.

    Nick, I feel you homeboy.

    PEACE
    ISAAC

  • isaac

    ooops, at least it was…. i ran across this from stumbleupon but now it seems its no longer part of that ring.

  • http://www.liveboldandbloom.com Barrie/Live Bold and Bloom

    I have written a follow up post to this one addressing some of the questions on my own blog, http://www.liveboldandbloom.com

  • Ann

    Dear Barrie,

    Thanks, This was a lovely post.

    Ann

  • http://hbrf.blogspot.com/ HBrofman

    Great stuff Barrie. I can think of at least one other. How many of us have set our expectations level lower and/or made up an excuse to accommodate poor customer service from a company we work with, the staff at a hotel or resort, the counter clerk at the book store, the waiter at the restaurant, the tech support person on the phone from Bangalore? Why? First, we should consider that the definition of ‘poor service’ is relative to the level of expectation set by the brand you are patronizing. I remember checking into a Ritz Carleton for a conference a few years back. They didn’t address me as Mr Brofman. When I asked where something was, they just provided me directions instead of walking me … to the elevator, to the restaurant, to the bar. Later in the bar, I mentioned this to a colleague of mine and his experience was the same. Neither of us complained about the service, yet we were both aware that this was a level of service below our experience and perhaps more importantly, the Ritz Carleton standard. They always accompanied you to your destination, they always addressed you by your name. While this seems like a small detail, it isn’t when it is part of what you are paying for. If you wanted a lower level of service you would stay at a lower priced hotel with an expectation of service relative to their Brand.

  • xakousti

    Great Advice! I have the fun without the relaxation. Kids will do that to you. LOL Most important is to be happy no matter where you are going. :)

  • http://www.gmeyer28.wordpress.com Greg Meyer

    Great job, nicely worded. It’s easy for “life” to sneak up on you, and you find yourself in a rut. thanks for all the reminders…

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    You should have named your article: Life minus any Humor

  • MoneySheep

    Barrie, what makes you come up the 12 things?

  • http://mamalovesthebeach.blogspot.com Beach Mama

    Fabulous post Barrie!

    I’ve done every one of the things on your list and as a result live a much happier life . . .

    left an abusive 26 year marriage . . . nearly had to cut off my arm to sell my home but now living my second dream life on the coast with my dreamboat husband . . .

    sometimes that leap of faith is so painful we spend more time standing there looking out into the unknown fretting, letting life slip away . . .

    my mantra is, “what’s the worse thing that could happen?” If I’m asking myself this question I know I need to take a leap!

  • http://www.lifetofullest.com Lou Macabasco

    Hi Barrie, I just wanted to let you know how much I’ve liked this article. I couldn’t agree more to the 12 things you’ve mentioned we shouldn’t tolerate. Sometimes, we get too excited on what we want to have that we forget to unclutter our life by removing the things we shouldn’t have. This is why we feel overfatigue and stressed with our life. Your blog post is a great reminder of the importance of simplying and making life easier. Cheers! Lou

  • Mike

    Well put. I find it amusing that this list is roughly half advice I pass along and half debilitating problems in my own life.

    Thank you for this insight!

  • http://www.addicted2scents.com Scentsy

    This comes in a timely part of my life. I am the midst of some big changes to help avoid these 12 critical things. It’s a big step and scary at times, so thank you for the reminder that I’m on the right track.

  • Dave

    Anyone with enough confidence and drive to actually change anything on this list already has enough drive and confidence to not suffer from anything on this list. If they do not, they never will.

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  • Yasmine

    i love the article and strongly agree with it

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    I’m copying and pasting as fast as I can! Excellent!

  • Adam

    The notion that you have to love your job is totally ridiculous. It’s about a paycheck! If this was true, we would have nobody paving roads, collecting garbage, nobody waitressing at restaurants and no secretaries! Loving your job is some new-wave hippie jargon. Just work and get paid. Go home and enjoy your time there! Loving your job should be considered as a bonus, not a necessity.

    • Star

      I disagree. Loving your job is not about what you do, its about how you feel about what you do. It’s about the attitude you choose to carry with you all day everyday. A guy paving roads might love the fact that he gets to work outside and not cooped up in an office. A secretary might love the fact that she is an integral part of the team, making life easier for others. I was a secretary for many years and I loved my job. Loving you job may be a bonus but it is one that everyone can have if you merely choose to.

    • ithildin

      The author isn’t saying you HAVE to love your job. The important point is that your job should not make you unhappy all the time.

  • Marie

    I suppose it’s true that most people don’t like to commute, but besides my environmental impact, I really do like to just get in my car, turn on my music and sing until I get to where I am going. I also listen to educational podcasts or get caught up on the sporting world. It’s a good time.

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  • Dane

    Wow… This is completely unrealistic garbage. It’s so obvious and ignorant at the same time.

    • kbgirl

      Maybe you should reread number six.

  • Matt

    Can you add excessive pop up ads to this list?

  • Christine

    Much of what is listed here is just part of life. If one has the means to change their career, up and move closer to cut down on commute time, and cut out all financial problems, they should definitely do it. But for many people, these things are just not feasible.

    Most of this list is just fluff.

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  • http://www.offtheme.com Lyss goes off topic

    I really need to stop smoking and sort out my problems in work. As you say, we spend more than half our waking lives there. I’m sick of sorting out other peoples problems. It needs to stop.

  • Gary Chiro

    Definitely one of the best ways to get away from a negative mindset is turn off the TV and stop reading the news.It will give you that holiday feeling 

  • http://facebook.com franciz

    wow!

  • http://facebook.com franciz

    life changing article. thank you for posting this :)

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    I was trying to choose a favorite from this list, but they are all great!

  • Tea

    Well that’s sad. Everything on this list applies to my life but I’m not going to change anything.

  • http://www.motivation.net.au/ Motivation

    Well all these points are true, none of these should be tolerated but it is also true that balancing between these are quite impossible as some of theses are unavoidable for some people as not every one is perfect.

  • joe

    This list totally contradicts itself at one point. We are supposed to be happy at our jobs, and if we aren’t we are supposed to change that. In reality for a lot of people their jobs and salary are hard-won and in this economy very important to them. A job is first and foremost about a paycheck and gaining financial security. A little further down the list it mentions financial problems and says “do whatever you can to lessen the stress, even if it means delivering pizzas for a while.” So you’re telling me to lessen the unhappiness I may be feeling at my job and “Don’t settle for living this way forever. Find a job that you love.” But after I do that and no longer make what I was at my high stress, high paying job I am supposed to solve my financial difficulties by delivering pizzas? Complete bullcrap. This list can be cut down to three points- motivation and inner strength and logical thinking. People who have these and use them on a regular basis easily solve the problems they may be having.

  • Binthaire

    Well, I should just go out an shoot myself. EVERYTHING on the list applies to me and my husband. We’ve been married for 27 years and are devoted to each other. He works very hard at a demanding job. Sure, he’d love to write books, have a cooking show, or some other dream job, but who actually does those things? A very small percentage of the people on earth. The list may have most meaning for the young who think that the world is a great adventure just waiting to be explored. The rest of us have to struggle, raise kids, and find happiness on a catch-as-catch-can basis. The best advice is to try to reduce worry and live in the moment.

  • http://www.serenityhunter.com Todd Hash

    Brian – Thank you so much for this article.  I think you hit on some key elements for many people. 

    I would perhaps add one more thought and that is tackling just one or two areas at a time – perhaps one each a month – rather than trying to “fix” them all at once.  Trying to tackling everything – or too many things – at once is something I’ve been frequently guilty of.

    • http://www.dulithawijewantha.com Dulitha R. Wijewantha

      Yeah @serenityhunter:disqus  you are truly correct I find it overwhelming to correct my self too much… But I think people shouldn’t consider them self as broken and needed to be fixed… They should probably think that changes will bring good on to them and the overwhelming feeling will start to disappear this way… (Tried it out myself and it works perfect for me)

      And the post is really great…

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    I was trying to choose a favorite from this list, but they are all great!

     

  • Joe

    Gee, it all seems so easy now! Great article, very informative.

  • Red

    How amazingly idealistic. Don’t stand for financial problems, genius. 

  • Nick

    Great article Barrie

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    I was trying to choose a favorite from this list, but they are all great!

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  • person

    This is great. If you’re middle class. The reality is that there are a lot of road blocks for people just picking up and finding a new job. This ignores the reality of the economoics and social divide that exists in our society that puts many people into situations that these little “tips” cannot help. While having a postivie outlook is great, and we should always do what we can to be grateful and happy, the start of this article sounds a little randish to me.

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  • Jason

    1, 3, and 9  are actually in direct opposition to your advice for 8. Many of us are in bad financial straits. Your advice is “take any job you can.” But if that job makes you unhappy, and has a long commute, and damages your integrity (Mine does all three! Plus I work too much to have recreation!) then that casts a pall over your entire thesis.

    So after 9 I sort of stopped reading your pie-in-the-sky Pollyanna nonsense

    • Autumnwillow

       Getting a temporary part time job to help with financial issues is not in opposition of finding something you love. You do what you need to do while you search for what you love. I see so many businesses who don’t have enough employees because people seem to think certain jobs are “below” them. They only are if you let them be. Do the best you can with what you have while working towards the dream… find something in a similar field at a lower pay grade. I volunteered in my field of choice (Veterinary) while working in retail because I couldn’t afford school. I was then hired and learned all I needed on the job. Today, 23 years later, I love my job.

  • http://www.freelancewritingdreams.com Samantha Gluck

    One of the BEST stories I’ve read so far this year. This list was already written down somewhere in the recesses of my mind — I think it is written on the hearts of all humans, but we tend to forget. When we forget that we shouldn’t tolerate these things, everything starts to spiral into chaos — bit by bit. Thanks for reminding me of these truths…

  • http://www.freelancewritingdreams.com Samantha Gluck

    One of the BEST stories I’ve read so far this year. This list was already written down somewhere in the recesses of my mind — I think it is written on the hearts of all humans, but we tend to forget. When we forget that we shouldn’t tolerate these things, everything starts to spiral into chaos — bit by bit. Thanks for reminding me of these truths…

  • Courtney

    Typo: ” We you aren’t communicating properly” ;) no judgement. Loved the article!

  • Guest

    Wonderful article. I mean really what is wrong with people these days?? They should all follow your insightful advice and fix their lives. It is just too easy to not do it.

  • Christopher Filippou

    Hit the nail on the head. I especially want to emphasize #6. Negativity is everywhere and all over the news and we don’t even realize it half the time. Why is negative news “newsworthy”? I shut it out.

    I only get my news now from positive sites like http://www.sunnyskyz.com. Websites that only tell you about all the good happening in the world, and believe me, there is a ton of great things going on. Ditch the local news. It brings us down!

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  • Zenterrapin

    While #4 makes sense for the most part, I don’t think “crazy” people deserve to be summarily abandoned.  The word “crazy” ranks right up there with “retard”, by the way.  The term is “mentally ill” and even that’s not accurate; “brain disordered” is more accurate.  The brain is an organ like any other organ; it can malfunction, but calling it mental makes it sound like a character disorder.

    It’s cruel to kick someone to the curb for having a brain disorder, just as it is cruel to kick someone to the curb for having diabetes or a missing limb.  While you may have to set limits on how much time you can spend with them for your own well-being, don’t make the hellish lives of “mental patients” (brain-disordered) far more agonized by dumping them as not worth knowing.  Would you appreciate being summarily devalued for something you couldn’t help?  Even if you’re taking the meds?  Our society already lacks compassion; let’s not make it worse.

    • Norahull

      This is a VERY good point. Thank you.

    • Philip

      You have taken the word way too seriously….you feeling a little “crazy”?

    • Autumnwillow

       I honestly think the intent of the article was those people who just make you miserable with a negative attitude. There ARE people like that, and it’s best to walk away from pointless drama, rather than give them an audience to feed off of.

    • Mooseme89

      I have just such a person in my life deceptive unexplained behavior totatly indifferent to others but insists on being treated as though she has no responsibilty for her actions yes she is crazy and crazymaking it transcends character disorder her brain works well enough to make sure shes always on the winning end of any endeaver so…..
      Depends on why people are divorced from reality sometimes its deliberate
      I call that crazy

  • Norahull

    What if one of your biggest drains is a parent who is negative all the time? How do fix this without hurting that person?

    • http://twitter.com/MilanSadhwani Milan Sadhwani

      I have the same problem! 

  • nicepersoninlife

    Very nice article

    yes many of us are trapped and it is not that easy to get out of it. 

    i work in a career i hate. i didn’t used to hate it but after doing this for a couple of decades i hate it.

    why don’t i quit? because i make a lot of money.

    for what i do, the jobs are in the city but it is very expensive to live close to work. the average decent home close to work is around $700k. trying to afford that kind of mortage would mean i am even more trapped.

    i did find a job closer to where i live but it pays less and we are struggling as my husband is unemployed.

    so once again, i can’t really quit.

    i like to travel and stay in nice hotels and shop when i travel. i really really love that so i need money to do that.

    unhealthy lifestyle, i am working on this so i think anyone can start on this one at anytime. we are stuggling against a lot of obstacles with advertising, social and familial conditioning to accept a poor diet. it keeps the medical and pharmaceuticals rich though.

    disordered and too much stuff.
    got rid of a bunch of junk and it really is freeing. still somewhat disordered because of living in a house we hate.

    negativity, really good with this one. i am usually quite positive. i do regular meditation.

    financial problems, sort of in a way. it is more trying to pay this mortgage and my husband being unemployed. i make enough to pay the bills and save. it is not an issue there but to do it i work in a career i hate.

    draining relationships, mostly got rid of those too. toxic parent and leeching friends, got rid of them. not too bad. my marriage is a little unhappy with my husband not seeking employment. not sure how i am going to resolve that.

    fun, sometimes i have lots of fun sometimes not. i really would like to travel more and do more shopping. 

    ignorance and inertia, probably not, more so at not knowing what to do to make things better. if i quit, what would i do? i have no idea? 

    lack of communicaion, that could use some work in my marriage.

    so yes, i am working on some of these things already and at least thinking about the rest of them.

    • blah

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    • Autumnwillow

       Fair enough… seems you’ve placed making money to do the things you love as your top priority. Not all of us do that. It’s whatever makes you happy. But if you really hate your job, you have a choice: find the joy in it on a day-to-day basis (there’s a reason you liked it initially), or change it and accept the lower pay consequence. Or be miserable and take vacations ;)

  • Xhristina

    Amazingly accurate.  I find that relationship to the self is most important, as all other relationships are only reflections of that of our own.  

  • Sain Sucha

    Good suggestions, worthy of serious thought!

  • Elviolimon

    Thanks very much. It made my day up!!!

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  • Mosterous

    bullshit

  • Mosterous

    bullshit

  • Krnjkks

    Excellent article of. Crisp and thought provoking.Expect more articles on the subject

  • Karenjmaslen

    Oh my goodness. Nearly all of these applied. No wonder I have been feeling bad……need to rectify this!

  • Izzy441

    Thank you very much, this has been very helpful. :)

    • Warlordofwdgm

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    dfdsa

  • Merry lucas

    it is realy great. i have learned a very great lesson. thank you

  • lina

    I’m not sure how I feel about Negativity. Pretending that negative things don’t exist in the world seems like a pretty careless thing to do. It’s one thing to suggest that we consciously turn to  positive ideas and information, but I just don’t believe  in what the article says “Before we know it, we feel negative and depressed about our lives. Turn it off. Walk away. Stop listening.” Apathy and pretending that the world doesn’t have problems is NOT the way to fix them in the long run. This article is essentially suggesting TOLERATING negativity by turning a blind eye to it. Yeah, this one is definitely leaving me scratching my head…. 

    • A.Neemos

      We know negativity happens, it’s a matter of limiting your focus on
      It. What you focus on expands and if you’re constantly getting bombarded with everything that is wrong with the world, you can start to form a pretty negative opinion about society and the people in them.

      Negativity is not empowering. Yes, you should be informed, but wallowing in other people’s misery does nothing to help lift them up and out of it. Positive, half glass full thinking does

    • A.Neemos

      We know negativity happens, it’s a matter of limiting your focus on
      It. What you focus on expands and if you’re constantly getting bombarded with everything that is wrong with the world, you can start to form a pretty negative opinion about society and the people in them.

      Negativity is not empowering. Yes, you should be informed, but wallowing in other people’s misery does nothing to help lift them up and out of it. Positive, half glass full thinking does

  • Homebirdless

    This is clearly a personal list. I commute to and from work, In the morning its a great time to focus myself and get myself ready for the day, and on the way home its a great time to socialize with all my travel buddies. I love it and it is something I couldn’t live without

  • http://www.youremotionalfreedom.com/ Ben

    Thankyou Brian,
                               The job ones stood out to me the most. I can no longer handle having to be in a job I hate, so i’m not anymore :)

    I never really understood the people who drive several hours to get to work, it is crazy! I’m glad i’ve never had to do that.

    I’m thankful that i’m on my own path without needing a job anymore.

  • guest

    Gee…life should be so easy

  • http://www.facebook.com/IsMuslim أحمد حسان

    good list but sometimes you don’t have the luxury of choice

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  • fkemall

    OH! Absolutely BRILLIANT! I would have never thought to DO SOMETHING to change my life. I did everything and guess what? IT’S STILL SHIT! Got any smart ass answers for that?

  • Happy Chappy

    Hehe… Only suffering from three of those ^^

    ‘The long commute’- but, to be honest, I’ve always enjoyed commuting. It gives me time where I don’t need to do anything at all- I’m already doing everything in my power to get to my destination. it’s time where I can just relax, and reflect. So I’m fine with that ^^

    ‘Disorganised living space’- I’m keeping a lot of stuff in my house for a friend of mine who’s between homes. It’s hard finding a place to stay around here, and he switches who he’s living with every month or so (because we simply don’t have spare rooms). He’s not a leech- pays a fair portion of the rent and bills wherever he is- he just doesn’t have a place of his own. So I have no problem with the disorganised space, really.

    ‘Financial difficulties’- I’m at University, so it’s unavoidable that I’m in debt, and fairly short on cash, but I live pretty frugally anyway, but I can’t solve that by working until my classes are all over.

    In short, I think I’m doing pretty well :P

  • kulls

    Draining relationship and negativity should never be tolerated for sure.

    Thank you for writing this stuff. This will help me to deal with outside world.
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  • guest

    This is all pretty good except a lot of people have to choose between a long commute to save some money by living somewhere cheaper or having a higher cost of living to be closer to work. Also there are a lot of people who have to choose between a job they enjoy and one that actually pays the bills. Only a few people are in a position to have an enjoyable job, a short commute, and no financial problems all at the same time.

  • lee

    good read, cheers

  • Ras1

    I just quit my job for I was unhappy and missed so many oppourtunities due to the entraped schedule.

  • didntwanna

    I tolerate all of these, where applicable.

  • Lehnnyn

    Sorry but i find it awkward when you mention: …”Think
    about the poorest of the poor, living in squalor and despair without
    the hope of a better future. When they are lucky enough to see the
    connection between education and life success, they have found a portal
    to escape poverty and misery. It’s a huge shift.”

    Well I’m very sure many professional people who are poor nowadays, They’re not poor because a lack of education…

  • marianmorgan

    It’s not toleration, it’s tolerance.

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