Don't fool yourself

Part 1. "Be brutally honest with your present circumstances and wildly unrealistic about your future."Thanks to Jon Acuff for this quote that I've been thinking about. I want to break it down into two parts. The second part will come later this week.

"Be brutally honest about your present circumstances:"

We can all agree that if we don’t know our present circumstances it would be difficult to change them. Unfortunately, we can easily practice self deception where we fool ourselves into believing we're better than we actually are, and lull ourselves into a false sense of security. This is harmful because not only do we not have a clear picture of where we actually are, we also aren't motivated to change because we've convinced ourselves that everything is pretty much okay.  This is dangerous. Change happens only once you recognize there's a problem, that's the first step. So don't lie to yourself, the only person it hurts is you.