Straightforward Answers to 37 of Life's Most Common Problems - Chris McCombs
Chris McCombs

Straightforward Answers to 37 of Life’s Most Common Problems


simpleAs humans living in an ever-changing and complex world, we tend to think that everything has to be complicated.

But often times the best answers are the simple ones.

1. Need more money?

Add more value to the world.

2. Bored?

Man, life’s too short to be bored—go do something fun

3. Too many commitments?

Say “no” more often

4. Stressed out?

Meditate, exercise, do that shit you’ve been putting off; don’t take yourself so seriously; stop trying to control things; change what you can and accept what you can’t, remember that most of your problems are actually a good thing and opportunities to learn and grow; and embrace the fact that today—this moment actually—is all there is; everything else is fiction

5. Don’t like the way you look?

Accept yourself as you are—flaws and all—and change what you can change and want to change. Eat better, workout more, get some new clothes and a new haircut and pull your shoulders back so your posture is better.

6. Tired?

Exercise more, eat better, get more sleep, take vacations and don’t work yourself into the fucking ground.

7. Agitated and tense?

Go for a walk

8. Have some big fucking thing growing outta the side of your head?

Go to the doctor

9. Hate your job?

Find that thing that you love doing, that thing that you’d do even if you didn’t get paid for it, and do that.

10. Wanna learn more cool stuff but don’t like to read or don’t have time for it?

Listen to audio books—there’s always time for an audio book

11. Scared of doing something important?

Just go fucking do it already

12. All alone?

Don’t search for love—just go out and meet new people with no expectations and have fun

13. Feel bad about something you did to someone?

Apologize and do what you can to make it right

14. Have a lot of self-doubt?

Good, it probably means you’re onto something big; go forward.

44B4C53A-68B7-44B3-BE7A-2C57892A5E6915. Don’t like where you live?


16. Don’t know how to do something?

Either Google it, go ask someone who knows how to do it, read a book on the subject, take a class on it, or all of the above.

17. Someone offended you?

Don’t take it personal. Remember, nothing is personal. Don’t give away your power and right to be happy to someone else.

18. Worried about what people think about you?

Take comfort in the fact that they aren’t thinking about you at all; they’re thinking about themselves and most likely what others think about them.

19. Addicted to drugs or alcohol?

Go get help at AA or NA. And if you can’t physically stop on your own, check yourself into a detox.

20. Wanna have more connection to your Creator but don’t jive with the whole religious thing?

Don’t concern yourself with what others (including me) say on the subject of God if what they’re saying doesn’t feel right to you. When it comes the whole God thing, no one really fucking knows. Just start talking to whatever you feel created you and ask it to reveal itself to you, even if you have no idea what the fuck it is.

21. Have anger problems?

Understand that anger is just a way to try to control fear. Give up the illusion of control, mediate and train your ass off—and make sure you break a sweat everyt day.

22. Always running into assholes?

Start being cooler to people and remember the people around you are just a reflection of you.

23. People in your life are bringing you down?

Take more responsibility for your life. You’re the only one responsible for your own happiness and success or misery and failure.

24. There’s something big in front of you that you want to (or need to) do and you don’t know where to start?

Start somewhere, anywhere. Just start. There’s something about the momentum of starting that seems to put the next necessary actions in front of you. But first ya gotta start. It really doesn’t matter where. Don’t wait for the time to be right, or for things to be perfect to get started; these are just avoidance techniques. Perfectionism is a bullet to the heart of success.

25. Don’t wanna workout today?

Easy. Just tell yourself you’re gonna go a do a quick and easy workout. I’ve been using that little lie for years. Once you start your quick and easy workout, 19 times out of 20 within 10 minutes you’ll be into it and willing to go the distance.

26. Don’t trust people?

Be more honest.

27. Don’t have good friends?

Go be a better friend.

28. Complain a lot?

Stop it. Watch for those toxic noises you’re making like a cat watching a mouse hole, and when you find yourself complaining, mentally call yourself out, immediately drop it, and seek a solution. Complaining only makes things worse and never helps to solve anything.

29. Putting something off?

Do it. You’ll feel so much better after you do

30. Don’t think you can reach your goals?

Make up your mind that nothing is gonna stop you. It’s all within you… and it’s all UP TO YOU. Your success or failure has nothing to do with anyone else, any outside circumstances or anything that is not YOU. Just keep moving forward.

31. Your goals don’t get you pumped?

Either your reason “why” isn’t big enough, your goals aren’t congruent with your values, or you’re trying to attain goals for extrinsic reasons instead of intrinsic ones, like making money for the sake of making money instead of doing work you love.

32. Have a lot of muscle aches and pains?

Get soft tissue work done, like deep tissue massage and ART (Active Release Technique) and do more active stretching.

33. Someone irritates the shit outta you?

Whatever it is about them that irritates you is probably something about yourself you need to address. It’s all a reflection. The two popular sayings about this hold true, “Ever time you point the finger at someone you’ve got three fingers pointing back at you” and “If you spot it, you’ve got it.”

34. Not happy?

Help more people, exercise more, meditate more, eat better foods, get more sleep, find and do work you love, surround yourself with awesome people, strengthen your spiritual path, be grateful for everything you have, and accept things as they are—including accepting that you’re a human with a full range of emotions and sometimes you’re gonna feel like shit.

929E7FD4-E78D-448E-915B-02FBA82D74A135. Whacked out of your mind miserable or chronically depressed?

Get professional help

36. Walking around with a bunch of resentment?

Look at your part in the situation and do what you can to amend it. And do this: pray—to whatever you pray to–that the person or people you resent have all the love, peace, happiness, good health and abundance that you want for yourself and your family. It’s an inside job. This may do nothing for them—and it probably won’t— but over time your resentment toward them will diminish. Resentment only fucks you up—it doesn’t do anything to them. Get straight with yourself on the matter.

37. Want life to be even more awesome than it already is but don’t know how?

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Talk soon,

Big Chris

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james says July 11, 2013

Thanks for this list. I’ll try to incorporate it into my life

    Chris McCombs says July 11, 2013

    awesome, not a bad idea (=

Tiffany @ The Chi-Athlete says July 11, 2013

This. All of it.

    Chris McCombs says July 11, 2013

    thanks Tiffany

Chris Young says July 11, 2013

Some pure unadulterated truth right there, brother! As usual, totally dig this entire post, Chris

    Chris McCombs says July 12, 2013

    thanks Chris!

Ryan Simpson, Orlando, FL says July 11, 2013

This article really hit me in the heart. I almost feel like your writing specifically for me. Out of all the numerous books, E books, audios, programs.

You shine through like a “purple cow” (Seth Godin is awesome)

Please don’t stop what your doing for anything! I will be posting every article. I am a member of many blogs yet yours is the one I want to get involved with the most.

You truly have a gift for writing Chris. As a 21 year old I still have A LOT to learn. I feel like your no nonsense style of writing cuts to the heart of the issues plaguing people today.

Just doing it is so simple and effective. Why don’t we “just do it” more often Chris?
Why do we live a society filled with drones and clones and robot people?

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” So true…your igniting my passion and my fire inside my soul Chris.

Thank you brother. Thank you so much! 🙂
Your new friend Ryan

    Chris McCombs says July 12, 2013

    Hey thanks Ryan

    man it sounds like you’re interested in important stuff, especially for being 21, wow, so cool

    Sometimes I think we live in the type of society you speak of so we can learn and see what we don’t want

    Daniel says August 17, 2014

    I’m with you Ryan.. It done the same thing to me.. Made me realize what i have been doing wrong and what i need to do.. Thank you Heaps Chris 🙂

Barney Matthews says July 11, 2013

Chris, I am often impressed by your posts, the no BS way you get to the point, but this is the best thing I have read in AGES.

Keep it up, and thank you.


    Chris McCombs says July 12, 2013

    hey thanks Barney, I’m humbled by that brother

Eric says July 11, 2013

Chris I want you to know you’re making a positive impact on me and how I approach each day. If I get stressed or stray off the path of badassness I just read a post and I’m headed in the right direction again. Thanks again and keep it up!

    Chris McCombs says July 12, 2013

    right on Eric, I’m stoked to be having a positive impact on your path

    it’s actually the kind of thing I pray for everyday, true story

Jeremy says July 12, 2013

Thanks for sharing, Chris. So needed this right now!!

    Chris McCombs says July 12, 2013

    glad it found you when you needed it Jeremy

Jason says July 12, 2013

Been reading your blog for about a month. Got to tell ya…. ITS AWESOME!!! Every post has some serious impact. From hitting the weights to breaking down all those nitty gritty things no one wants to tell you but you know its true, you hit badassness right on the head. Killer no bullshit attitude. Somedays its just what I need. Other days, its motivation to kick the days ass. Thanks bro!

    Chris McCombs says July 12, 2013

    Jason you just fucking got me PUMPED

    thanks man!

ginnie says July 12, 2013

Chris…thank you for this list…i would love to print it and post it EVERYWHERE!!! can i have your permission?
I love it!

    Chris McCombs says July 12, 2013


    thanks Ginnie

    just please link back to the original when you can ok?

Tim Bell says July 12, 2013

Kick Ass list Chris, thanks for sharing the love 🙂

    Chris McCombs says July 12, 2013

    you’re welcome and I appropriate you ask always Tim

    true story

Neal Martin says July 12, 2013

Great post, man. It all seems so simple when you put it like that 🙂

    Chris McCombs says July 12, 2013

    hey thanks Neal

    checked out your site

    you’re a hardcore motherfucker

Paul says July 12, 2013

Shared your post on my FB Timeline – “Most stress and psychological problems can be fixed at no cost, with minimal to no “professional” intervention, prescriptions, etc.,. Sound crazy? Not really. The truth is that the bulk of our problems are self-manufactured because you keep stepping in the same old piles of shit day after day, month after month, year after year and then wonder why you can’t lose the stink that has become your life.”

    Chris McCombs says July 12, 2013

    well said Paul

    thanks for sharing man

Andy Campbell says July 12, 2013

Great post – thanks Chris.

    Chris McCombs says July 15, 2013

    thanks Andy!

Beth says July 12, 2013

Very cool, Chris. I can always find something in your blogs that fits in with my life right now. Not that my life is bad, but every once in a while you need a slight tap upside the head to get you back on track (or a kick in the pants!). I read these and go oh, yes, I remember that. Why am I not doing …. whatever. It put a smile on my face and a smile is the beginning of feeling really quite good.

    Chris McCombs says July 15, 2013

    hey right on beth, so happy it does ya some good (=

sol says July 13, 2013

Good stuff as always. Keeps my mind in the right place.

    Chris McCombs says July 15, 2013

    yeah gotta keep that fucker in the right place ya know?

    thanks Sol

Dani says July 13, 2013

Hey Chris – thanks for the good stuff. While I don’t have anything growing out of my head (#8), the perimenopause anger is kicking my ass, and making hubby nuts. So it’s helpful to remember that it’s just a desire for control, which doesn’t exist anyway.

So, huh!

    Chris McCombs says July 15, 2013

    ha ha

    that was funny dani

    and yep, the trying to control sucks

    much better when it’s dropped, even if it’s a day to day, hour by hour, or minute by minute thing

Adrian says July 13, 2013

Love your blog posts Chris; easy read, short and to the point!

    Chris McCombs says July 15, 2013

    thanks Adrian

    been doing some shorter ones lately, those 5000-10,000 word ones take forever!

Randy says July 14, 2013

Hey Chris, I love your blog. It gives me strength. You mentioned audiobooks above. I’m looking for something that will inspire positivity and productivity. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Chris McCombs says July 15, 2013

    hey thanks randy

    most of the books I recommend on this page can be found on audio

Harriet Cabelly says July 16, 2013

Absolutely Awesome!! Found this posting on a facebook link that someone shared. I’m so glad they did.

    Chris McCombs says July 17, 2013


    thank you so much Harriet

Ryan says July 25, 2013

Got a lot of respect for what you’re doing, Chris…

    Chris McCombs says July 26, 2013

    thank you Ryan, cool of you to say

Bill Carroll says August 15, 2013

Hi Chris, My wife first brought your site to my attention by sending me your 15 people who have shitty lives that are happier than you. After reading that, It was quite the eye opener. I was pretty much being a selfish prick, and I knew i needed a big change. Let me tell ya at 52 it is hard to change my ways, but I am trying. I am training my ass off like you say in your blogs. Wow!, is that a pain in the ass. Better late than never though. It is a work in progress. Numbers 21 and 22 in this blog really hit home with me. I need to work on that with all my might. I like your insight into things. I enjoy reading your blogs, and I’m glad my wife pointed me in your direction to pull me out of this dark hole I’ve been in for way too long. THANK YOU CHRIS 🙂

    Chris McCombs says August 16, 2013

    hey right on Bill, sounds like you’ve got one helluva great wife

    and I know the dark hole all too well man

    and it’s just a thought away

    best to steer clear

    thanks for chiming in Bill

Thomas Quigley says August 15, 2013

Hey Chris,

Been reading your stuff for a while. Love it. It’s been inspirational. I’m a trainer as well and I’ve been sharing your stuff on my facebook page. Keep it up man and hope everything is well with you.


    Chris McCombs says August 16, 2013

    hey right on Thomas, thanks so much for sharing, super cool of you man, seriously

Dimitri says November 20, 2013

Wow Chris!
Excellent material!
Short, straightforward and brilliant.

David says November 30, 2013

Great post, I have a blog that tries to offer solutions to life’s problems, you have give me more food for thought on the kind on the issues I should address. Thanks.

Taiwo says April 25, 2014

A truckload of admiration I’m offloading at your doorstep for your witty, humorous and bang-on-the-nail approach to writing. You got me hooked by the Adam’s apple and I wasn’t freed until I ingested every bit of this post. Keep it up – no, keep being yourself.

JC says September 24, 2015


There are a lot of bullshit lists out there right now and I usually skim through most of them half-heartedly without actually reading through most of it, but I read every word of this and it made me stop and really think about my life (I also never usually leave comments either!). I think someone needed to say all this to me and I’m glad I found someone to say it.

Everything you said here resonates deeply and although you probably wouldn’t think we look much alike, I feel like we actually think a lot alike and have the same goals and ideals. Life gets tough sometimes, but I felt like you were able to support me through your words here.

Thank you – keep doing your thing. You’ve got +1 follower 🙂


Megan says January 27, 2016

I read your articles again every time I need some clarity. Thanks for being open, honest, and straightforward about the things we all feel from time to time. It’s really pretty easy when you think about it- we just get stuck in our own heads. Keep moving forward. Thank you for this article!

Harsha Perera says December 12, 2016

So simple truths in there. I enjoyed reading this. Thank you for sharing, Chris.

noreen says January 11, 2017

you are writting great man.

keep it up


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