If You Are Not Doing What You Are Supposed to be Doing, Your Brain Will Torture You

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Humanity’s purpose is to evolve. That evolution often requires adversity, pain, mistakes and sometimes failure and set backs. While all of that suffering may seem lopsided toward the negative, it works. The struggles of life force us to grow and improve.

And one of the many purposes of our subconscious mind is to remind us when we are not doing the things we need to do to grow and improve.

We often misinterpret those messages as negative self-talk and then we criticize ourselves for allowing such negativity to dominate our thinking.

For many, that constant negative self-talk, intended to prompt us to take take action to grow and improve, is misinterpreted as a relentless reminder of how flawed and inadequate we are.

That is too bad.

Those negative voices inside your head are not your enemy. They are your ally.

They exist for only one reason – to stir you into action in order to improve and better your life.

You must learn to embrace those negative voices. You must really listen to them. They are the most important ally you have. Those voices are telling you what you need to do in order to create a life of fulfillment and meaning. When you don’t take the action deemed necessary, those voices will only grow louder.

Don’t fight those voices. Don’t ignore them. Listen to them. Really listen to them.

Then, take the action those voices are telling you to take.

Tom Corley is an accountant, financial planner and author of “Rich Kids: How to Raise Our Children to Be Happy and Successful in Life”, Effort-Less Wealth, Change Your Habits Change Your Life, Rich Habits Poor Habits and “Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals.”



  1. Susan Deremer on January 4, 2023 at 10:02 AM

    Thank you so much, Tom for this insight! I have been listening to my thoughts alot more lately. For a time I spiraled into depression. I couldn’t bring myself to do anything. Everything sounded like negative self talk. To think of these thoughts as my ally, ment to motivate me, is the first positive take on it I have ever heard! Thank you. That gives me hope! God bless you for all that you do for people like me!

    • pwsadmin on January 4, 2023 at 1:05 PM

      My pleasure Susan.

  2. Ana Arguedas on January 5, 2023 at 6:11 PM

    Thank you for the advice, I really need it today!! I have to do so many changes in my life that sometimes I don’t know where to start. I have to listen more and take action as you said.

  3. Mercy on January 6, 2023 at 6:23 PM

    Thank you for your insightful articles especially this one. I use to beat myself up for my negative self talk etc but this article was a reminder to take action and use those thoughts as fuel and motivation for my betterment in every aspect of my life.