The Only Way is Up - Why You Should Round Yourself Up


Are you all podcast listeners?

If you’re like me, you have a backlog you’ll never get to, even if you listened for a week straight. 

Doesn’t stop me from trying.

The Good Place You Know What I Just Discovered? Podcasts.

Recently, I was listening to a podcast in which the host said that she has made close to $1mil in revenue this year. 

Instead of saying the actual amount, she “rounds up” and says she HAS made $1mil. 

And then she said, “what’s the point in rounding down? We spend so much of our lives rounding ourselves down.”


Most of us round down who we are like our lives depend on it. 

If our day wasn’t superb, we say it was “ok.”

If we lost 1.4 pounds that week because we cut out sugar and worked out 5 out of 7 days and ate nothing but steamed vegetables, we say we lost a pound.

We round down our goals, our dreams, our achievements, how much progress we made, our choices, our worth, our personality, our impact. And on and on we go, diminishing who we are with each casual, rounded-down utterance.

It’s not our fault. We conditioned ourselves to do it. We think it makes us better people. That it’s in line with integrity. Because we are taught in childhood that exaggeration is bad. Oh so bad.

And I see the irony. Considering rounding down is also an exaggeration. 

But here’s the thing:

No one else cares whether you round up or down. Seriously. 

Unless it’s an application for a loan. For which you probably should tell them exactly what you make. 

But other than that, everyone else is too busy with their own drama.

So what’s the problem with rounding down?

The problem is that YOU care. Probably indirectly. And not in the way you think.

You care because what you believe about your life is what you create in your life. And I know you care a lot about what you create in life.

Said more simply: Your thoughts create your results.

Rounding down your thoughts equals rounding down your results.

By rounding down, you stay stuck and small. Destined to groundhog day your life until it’s too late to do anything about it. There is no damn wiggle room to grow and do big things in a rounded-down existence.

Rounding yourself up is one of the simplest and most powerful ways you can start changing your life. 

Do you know how the cashier at grocery stores asks whether you want to round up to donate the remaining 53 cents to a worthy cause?

I’m willing to bet most of you do this when they ask. 

Think of rounding up your day-to-day accomplishments as donating to your life one minuscule “rounded-up” thought at a time. Because you know what happens with all those tiny rounded-up donations? They add up to a massive amount of change. 

So, the next time you find yourself wanting to say your day was “ok,” say it was awesome. And note how you feel. 

Round yourself up, and your life will follow.

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