Reality is What You Think

It’s amazing to me how much our mind affects how we feel about what’s going on with us.

Look at the same circumstances, the same problem, the same conundrum, the same anything, but with a negative mindset versus a positive mindset, and the situation and outcome will be completely different. 

Our mindset amplifies our experiences.

A negative mindset makes great things okay, good things poor and bad things hell. If I lose my job with a negative mindset (or slide into a negative mindset), the world will feel against me. Every trip, red light, expense is justification for my negativity and why my life is going wrong.
Everything will be overwhelming. Nothing will seem to go right. Everything I do will not work (at least not the way I want it to). Everything bends towards me me me, and all the reasons for my problems (reasons that exclude myself from blame).

A positive mindset sees the best in any situation (which is better than a negative mindset, but not always conducive to great results) If I lose a job yet stay positive about the situation, I’ll more likely see the good things that come from not having that job anymore, and the potential opportunities around me.

An objective mindset sees things the way they are, without judgment or fear of personal attacks against itself. An objective mindset isn’t a numb, no emotion state — it’s a calm, cool-headed way of thinking. This is what went wrong. This is what I can do in the future to avoid this again. This is what I can do about it now.

Negativity creates more negativity.
Possibility creates more possibility.

How you think doesn’t exactly manifest into reality. Wishing for a metal suitcase filled with stacks of money to appear under your bed isn’t going to make it happen. (Money Fairy?) But that doesn’t mean how we think doesn’t do anything. Our minds are not isolated. How we think reflects how we act (consciously or intuitively).  Even more, how we think about ourselves reflects on what we allow ourselves to act on. If you negatively think you can’t do something, you’re going to mentally check yourself out of the race before you even try and see if you can. And if you positively think you can, you are going to figure it out.

The more you think in opportunistic ways, the more your life bends towards that mentality. You think opportunities will happen, so you are open to opportunities happening to you. They were most likely happening all along, it’s just stuck in a negative state, you didn’t notice them. You were too busy despairing over the past to see the opportunities in the present.

With this in mind, take a look at the people around you. Sympathize with the people you come into contact on the street. How is their perspective painting their reality? 

How can we put this into practice?

Be aware of your mental state and how its’ affecting your life.
    Take stock of what’s going on in your life, what you like and dislike and your mental perspective of them.

Learn to empathize with others. Knowing how you think will help you understand how others think. Negative people are negative because they are negative. You can’t change them (they have to do that themselves) but you can understand why they think the way they do. This gives you the power to completely block off their negative mindset from infecting your own mindset.

Practice objectivity. Every unfortunate thing that happens to you is an opportunity to measure yourself and practice being calm and collective. 

Know that How you Think can be Changed. How you think is just how you have thought in the past and how you think right now. Mindsets are mental places we go to, and if we can go to them, we can also leave them.

If you dislike how your mind tends to go negative when bad things happen to you, you have the power to change it. It’s not easy, but the power is there. Bit by bit, action by action, you can choose to think differently.

The more you can focus on what you can control, instead of what you wish you could control, the better your life will be.

STAY BOLD,
Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner

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Late Night Motivation Soap Box

 
“If you are still looking for that one person who will change your life, take a look in the mirror.”
Roman Price

What’s the point of complaining about what’s happening?

Does complaining make us feel good? Does it make us feel better about what we are going through? Does it do anything for us? Does it bring joy to our lives or the lives around us? The only thing it does is push the blame onto anything and everything that’s not us (the real problem).

Complaining only steals the wind from your sails, draining you of doing what you need to do to change.

The past is gone. The future is all blank pages.
All there is you at this moment and the next action you take.

Let your yes’s be yes’s and you’re no’s be no’s.
Move forward, despite fear instead of because of fear.

Treat who you are right now well— despite the shortcoming you may feel you have — because the person you are in this moment is the person who can change your life with a daily dose of intention and action.

STAY BOLD,
Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner


 

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Held Back

“You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don't try to forget the mistakes, but you don't dwell on it. You don't let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.”Johnny Cash

What are you letting take your energy?

Negative people?
Negative environments?

Being happy isn’t about getting everything you want in life, it’s having the freedom and flexibility to pursue what you want in life. Whether that’s work, family, music, art.. is up to you. Anything that hinders your pursuit can either help improve your pursuit or restrict you from it.

We need to be able to know when something needs to be removed or when something needs to be accepted as a challenge:

Is this holding me down, or is this a challenge I can work to my advantage?

Suppressing your art because of fear or because of what others say is taking your energy from who you really want to be. A restriction.

Losing a contest, desiring your art to be better, discouraged by other super talented artists, or lack of time, lack of resources, lack of energy are all challenges you can spin to your advantage if you can think of creative ways to get around them.

STAY BOLD
Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner


 

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Ambition in each action

Ambitious goals or massive problems only look big from the outside looking in. Large things are just combined structures of small things. By breaking it down into bite-sized pieces, you remove any feelings of overwhelm or sense that the goal is impossible.


A book isn’t just a book — its 200+ of individual piece of paper, broken into sections and chapters. Each page with around 500 words, give or take. The goal is to write a book, so start with a smaller component one page full of words.


A marathon isn’t just a marathon — it’s 26.22 miles.

Don’t start with marathon, start with 1 mile. Don’t start with running, start with walking.


Find your threshold, your baseline, and try to push yourself — just a little bit each day.


STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner

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Extraordinaires

How do you stand out in a world of people doing exactly what you are trying to do too?

Extraordinary effort.

Anyone can start a blog, make films on YouTube, create an online business, start a fashion brand, design, code… etc

But just because you can, doesn’t mean you will. And just because you are, doesn’t mean you will always succeed.

Starting is hard, really hard.
But anyone can start.

Starting is the new normal. If you’re starting a side business, you’re still in the ordinary category. Not that your business is mediocre or bad, it’s just that everyone and their grandma is trying to do it too.

I probably stole this line from someone —
Extraordinary results require extraordinary effort.

(🤔 I might have stolen it from myself — a previous blog... lol)

Standing out requires starting, and then some.

It requires

Consistency
Intention
Taking care of yourself — eating well, sleeping well.
Trying new things, creative and bold things
Continually Improving and Iterating
Listening to what you need, not what you want
And spinning problems, failures, and setbacks into opportunities.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner
 

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Embrace it 

You can either hate what happens to you or embrace it.

You don’t have to like that it happened to you, but dwelling on it is allowing it to rule over your days as if it’s happening to you over and over again.

We must embrace what’s happened in our past, and allow it to infuse into our journey. Would I have rather not injured my neck? Of course, but now it is a part of my story.  I could drown in the suffering, or I could use it and let it give me a new perspective on others that I never knew.

You could get angry when someone cuts you off in traffic or says something mean to you.

You could be discouraged when someone tells you can’t do something.

You could be disappointed with a failure.

Or you could embrace the circumstances and let it change you a tiny bit and help you become better.

Embrace it, infuse it, and pursue a better future for tomorrow.


STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner
 

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Wanderer

My best ideas come from quiet moments. A long shower, an open road, a walk in the park...

As counterintuitive as it sounds, uour best thoughts hit you when you stop forcing yourself to think about it.

Find a Way to Stop Thinking.

No music, podcasts, no YouTube.

Find a moment each day where you can let your mind wander.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner

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Living Well

The true nature of a journey is how we spend each day.

It's the incremental steps that make all the difference.

Worrying about the past, or being anxious about the future only leads you away from a meaningful life. The idea is to practice living in the moment and focus exclusively on what's in front of you (be that a challenge, setback, goal) and set your eyes on doing it well. 

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner

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Got a Lot to Learn

The more I learn, the less I know.

Reading a (nonfiction) book is only describing the essence of what something is. To use big boy words, the essence is a ’core truth of an experience’.  Watch a documentary on WWII and you can be marveled by the events, but you don’t know exactly what someone went through in that era. The feeling, the emotions, the resolve, the fear, the taste in the air.

The same is true for mastery. The more you learn, the more you realize how deep the well goes. Would you climb down if you knew it was that deep when you started? Probably not. That’s why it’s better to take action than wait for fear to step in and feel you with doubt about what’s possible and what you are capable of or not.

When you watch masters at work, they make it look easy, because it is easy for them. Their mastery is ingrained in their being. And unless they are great at teaching, if they tried to describe their work to an outside observer, they wouldn’t be able to, the movements are a part of who they are. You lick your finger to test the air and you feel the wind; A master licks their finger to test the air and knows the speed, direction, trajectory, weather, location and more. They are playing a different game. 

And yet, ask any master and they’ll tell you the same thing: There’s more to learn. I know nothing.


I want to be a master in so many things, but mastery eludes anyone who just goes surface deep. Talent only gets you to ankle deep. Rest on your talents and you can go far, but hard work with zero talent and you can go just as far if not more so.

Here’s what I’ve learned so far about what you need to master something:

Consistency — the willingness to put in the daily effort
Perseverance — the willingness to wake up and start fresh, despite the daily effort.
Perspective — the willingness to play the long game and see mastery as a lifelong pursuit
Focus — the willingness to say no to lukewarm yes’s and anything that’s not our daily effort

Humility — the willingness to be okay with never being the smartest in the room, yet not letting comparison stop you from pursuing wisdom.

And do it with a Smile — the willingness to take on challenges and smile and have fun, even in the hardest moments.

It's not the desire to be a master in something that leads you to become a master. Rather, it's the love of learning and love of the pursuit that gets you there in the end.

Only someone who is crazy enough to love the ups and downs of the journey can become a master of their craft.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— JOSH WAGGONER
 

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You Are What You Focus On

Intentionally or not, you absorb what’s around you. Just like the best way to learn a foreign language is to immerse yourself in a place that it’s spoken. It’s not just the words you are absorbing — you’re picking up the culture, the mannerisms, the texture... of what it means to speak the language.

We absorb automatically. What you give your attention to, and what you surround yourself becomes a part of who you are.

That’s why they say to surround yourself with people smarter than you, or that ‘you are the sum of the 5 people you spend the most time with’. It goes deeper than that —

We are the sum of everything we surround ourselves with.

Even things we are against can be adopted with weak self-awareness and given enough time and the right pressures.

So the question is, what are you surrounding yourself with?

What are you focusing on?

Think of the things you read, watch, listen to. Think of the types of people that you come into contact with. Think of the actions, thoughts and beliefs you are living. Does your life match with the person you want to be?

Are you absorbing the right stuff? The stuff you want to be made of?

I’m not telling you to throw out violent games or get rid of your friends. We just need to think and remind ourselves every so often:

What am I absorbing? What am I letting into my life right now? Is this me, or something I don’t want?

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner

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Action Gives Us Control

When you are in a really bad place…
When you are feeling stuck…
When everything around you has gone to the dumps…

Action can give you control of the situation. Even a modicum of action can give you the confidence to find opportunities forward. Each action builds on itself. In the most overwhelming headspace, you can still move your way forward by focusing on the next action in front of you.

What about situations that feel impossible or inactionable
What could I possibly do at a funeral, or imprisonment or on my deathbed? You can’t take away your reality, but you don’t have to focus on your reality, especially not dwelling on the negative sides of what’s going on. You can’t change the fact that the funeral is happening, but you can comfort as many people around you as possible and cherish your loss. You can’t change the fact that you are in jail, but that doesn’t mean you can’t move forward. You can learn to be better (even if no one wants you to). You can help other inmates (even if they don’t). You can treat guards as if they were your friends (even if they don’t). You can’t wish away your fatal health problems, but you can start eating healthy. You can exercise the hospital halls, or exercise in your mind. You can give to those around you, even if you can’t give to yourself.

There’s always a way forward.

But what if I don’t know what to do?

Sit down with a pen and paper.
Create an Action Playlist.

Just like creating a music playlist for a party, you need a playlist for how you are going to handle the problem(s) in front of you.
An action playlist gives you power. It says, “things are not the best right now, but this is what I can do about it.”

This is what I can do about it.

Write down anything you can think and dream of. No action is too small. No dream is too ideal. Ideas are your currency. Ideas are your way out. It doesn’t matter if you’ve written down the worst ideas in the history of humanity, at the very least you have something to do. Action steps give you control over your situation. If this was a RedBull commercial, action would give you wings. This is what I can do.

After you have created your action playlist, get after it. Commit to starting one action immediately. It doesn’t matter which one, start with the one you feel drawn to. Then, focus exclusively on that action. This isn't about qu

Take back control of your life.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
And wherever you are in life, keep smiling :)
— Josh Waggoner

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Persist

The only way to move past failure, pain, and setbacks is to persist

To persist is to keep going, even when you don’t want to. 

Despite all the misfortunes, and misdirected actions, If you can look up and enjoy the sunset, or dance poorly in a crowded room, or listen intently to what a friend has to say, you’ve won — nothing can stop you.

The opposite of resistance is giving up. To look at your problems as hopeless and lost causes. To lose before you even start. To think yourself to death, without actually trying anything or taking real steps towards solutions. Push enough buttons, and we are all capable of giving up. We are also capable of persistence, and building the strength to take on our life’s challenges by practicing persistence, surrounding ourselves with wise friends and knowledge and hone how we think about setbacks.

Persistence is a mindset. In order to have a strong mind, we must cultivate it daily, like our own personal mental garden. We are in control of what we allow to grow in our garden. Every little act or way of thinking that allows our garden to flourish, do it immediately. No to-do lists, only do’s. Anything that takes us in the opposite direction, we stop and resist. Pull out enough weeds and all you’re left with is fruit and flowers.

But maybe you are discouraged. Maybe you are completely out of your element and overwhelmed. Your garden is full’a weeds.
The best option is to focus on one weed at a time. Forget about what’s on the periphery, focus on the problem in front of you. Narrow your focus. Definitive purpose and intention.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner

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Hands on the Wheel

Despite circumstance, outside forces, enemy, fears, failure, and fomo —

I am the one controlling the wheel on my life. I decide my values, beliefs, passengers, perspective and direction.

Everything else be damned, at least I can choose where I’m going, and can always improve who I am as I go along. Nothing is fixed. Life is bendable. Even the worst realities can become beckons of strength or at least hope. I know this.

Will anger or anxiety help me navigate towards my direction? Maybe, but it won’t get me there faster, nor will it make the experience enjoyable.

No matter what gets in the way, or takes me down a different way, I can enjoy the direction and beauty too. Amor fati. Love of one’s fate.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursing,

— Josh Waggoner

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Spotlight the Problem

1.  Know where you are

2.  Identify the problem

3.  Ask questions to help clarify it (give it edges)

  • What is actually going on here?
  • Is this really an issue or just mental chatter getting in the way?
  • Who has been through this before that I can emulate?
  • What’s feeding this problem?
  • ...

4.  Brainstorm action you can take right now

  • Focus on things you CAN do about it.
  • What steps can I take to move the needle in the right direction?

5.  Start Immediately. The only thing telling you that you can’t start right away is yourself.

6.  Recognize that some problems need outside advice and help. Don’t go it alone if you don’t have to. The one man wolf pack sounds romantic, but in reality its less heroic and more lonely and sad.

7.  Persist.

Taking even one step towards overcoming your problem — no matter how tiny — will help alienate worry from your mind. The best way to get unstuck is start moving towards something, anything.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner

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What does health mean?

Health is energy.

If you strip away all of the extra fluff — what you should eat, how you should move, what you should avoid... all the nitty gritty things people like to debate about — what you’re left with is

how you eat and move effects how you feel.

Or more aptly, input equals output.

The human body is resilient at handing anything you throw at it. We adapt to new environments and experiences — until we can’t. The one thing about our bodies is that feedback is subtle. A problem doesn’t surface immediately, it builds and builds while you’re going about your life, until one day it slaps you down. Eating pizza and gelato one night won’t get you fat. In fact, it will taste great in the moment. Eating pizza and gelato 3x a week for months, now that will add some chubby chubs.

And more importantly, food not only affects how we look, but how we feel.

Scarf down crappy food all the time and you’ll eventually feel like crap. It might not happen immediately, but it will build over time.

When you lose your health, you lose your ability to focus on what’s important to you. Everything narrows to what’s wrong and what you’ve lost.

If you want to live a full life, start with you’re inputs.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner

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Lingering

 “Out with the old, in with the new”

It’s impossible to focus on and enjoy change when you’re lingering on the past.

 

Yes, learn from your mistakes.

Learn from other people’s mistakes.

Learn from your daily decisions that have led you to who you are right now.

Learn, apply, grow, but don’t linger.


Step forward.

Find new opportunities.

Act immediately.


There is no new without the old, but there is also no new without the willingness to take risk and keep changing until you’re so old you’re unable to hold a spoon and have to have a friend do it for you.

Change isn’t the enemy. Dwelling on past realities that can no longer be changed is.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursing,

— Josh Waggoner.

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“Focus on your strengths...”

In order to focus on your strengths, you have to actually know what you’re good at.

To take it a step further, there’s a question we need to ask ourselves:

What if I’m good at something, but don’t love it?


Just because you are great at something, say sports for example, doesn’t necessarily mean you should focus all your energy on it, or make it your profession. What if you’re really great at math, but don’t find joy in doing it? Are you stuck being a mathematician for the rest of your life?! No.

I would label this as: right skills, wrong outlet. Every strengths — and every weakness — is a small piece of the puzzle that converges into who you are. Don’t use this as an excuse to throw out math, per se. Keep it in your toolbelt. Use it with other strengths and ideas and make it a piece of something that enables your joy. Just don’t spend and prioritize you’re entire life around doing something because you are good at it, because that isn’t enough. There are plenty of mathematicians out there who are stupid good at what they do, AND have the creative energy and get-up-and-go power from loving doing it. (And more important, if you don’t love it, why prioritize, no matter how good you are, or how good others say you are?)

Of course, most of the time, we enjoy what we are good at. Having strength gives you a level of power and status above those who are weaker in that area (their strength lies elsewhere). The goal is to focus on what brings you joy. If that’s a strength, incredible! Perhaps in your case is multiple strengths that combine into something unique.

However, don’t discount weaknesses. Weaknesses are yin to your strengths yang — they guide us and allow us to become aware of blind spots we may have. Whether you try to improve that blind spot, avoid it, or fill it with someone strong in that area, is up to you.

 

“Focus on your strengths” is too narrow.

You must also know your weaknesses so that you know where problems will likely arise.

And through it all, the true power here is not your strengths, nor covering your weaknesses. Delete the last three words of that common phrase and you’re left with what truly creates change in your life and this world:

“Focus”

We do not have focus because of our strengths, we have strengths because of our focus. Our will, persistence and determination to make the vision true.

What you focus on, becomes your strength.

 STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner

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The Art of Stillness

When was the last time you where still? I mean truly still.

I worry sometimes about what lack of downtime is doing to us. Even in moments of boredom or waiting, I’m itching to pick up my phone to check out the latest tech news or watch a quick video on YouTube. When I go to work, I’m surrounded by todos. When I go home, I’m surrounded by even more reminders and todos.

Don’t get me wrong, phones are incredible! Crossing of a todo is amazing! But so is thinking. So is sitting with yourself, without a thing to do. And what about that todo you just crossed off. Why is it on your list in the first place? Is it something you MUST do, or is it something you have, or feel obligated to do?

There’s a lot that I want to do in life, but I often find myself not doing those things. I find myself doing other things. Things I have to do. And when it comes time for me to rest and re-energize myself, I do everything but rest and re-energize. And when I get another chance to do the things I want to do, I don’t because I don’t have enough energy to do them, which either stops me in my tracks or I push and will myself through — energy be damned — and then I have even less energy.

Is this why we are all so tired all the time? Is this why I’ve experienced chronic fatigue for the last two years? I think there’s more to it, but it sure isn’t helping.

That’s why I want to add more stillness in my life. I want to have and be the most energetic version of me I can be. I want to create an Art out of stillness.


The Art of Stillness

Here’s my required list of todos so far, 3 things you need —

1.  Nothing

Try not to sleep. This isn’t a space to nap — save that for nap time. No, this is a space for rest, which is a subtle difference. Sleeping is when we clock out, and allow our brain and subconscious to take over. Stillness is where we clock in. It’s 100% focus on the moment. Like a dog chasing a tennis ball, there is nothing else we are concerned with except exactly what we are experiencing in this moment.

2.  Nothing

Let your mind do what it wants to do. If you feel distracted without a pen and paper, grab a pen and paper. ABN. Always Bring a Notebook. Whenever I find myself somewhere with an idea and without something to jot it down on, I go crazy. ALL I CAN THINK ABOUT IS TRYING TO REMEMBER THAT ONE THING. Most of the time the idea is not much to look at, usually something random like a giraffe in a turtleneck sweater. But when a pen and paper, I can write it down and think about it later. Any somethings, that distract you from your nothing time, find a way to put it on pause in your mind, or use this space as an opportunity to follow the rabbit down the hole. The one exception is negativity. If you find yourself roasting yourself in your head, slap that nonsense out of you. Don’t waste your precious nothing time focus on negative, critical, painful endless cycles. Only constructive thinking aloud here in this nothing zone.

And finally —

3.  Nothing

No gadgets, no errands, no laundry or cleaning, no learning, no talking, no todo list, no something else I didn’t list. Just nothing. No filling the void. Feel the sun on your face. Listen to the rain or surrounding. Watch how you breath. If this sounds hippy dippy to you, than let this be your hippy dippy time. Walk, hike, bike, surf, skate, paddle, sit, lean, stand, sauna, swim if you must. But do it as slow as possible. If the phrase ‘The Art of Stillness’ didn’t sound so cool, I would probably call it ‘The Art of Slowness’.

Remember, the goal isn’t progress. In fact there is no goal. As soon as you make a goal for being still, you immediately lose the point of being still. The goal is nothing. And when you give time for nothing, you coincidentally create progress, and succeed at goals. Is that the point? No, nothing is. Is that confusing? Yes. Good, know you have something to ponder in your nothing time.


STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner

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Your Best Future

Before you, are many paths you could take.

Some lead to success (which you must define yourself) — your best self; others to ruin — not yourself.

Don’t let this overwhelm you — even a step towards ruin is not something that’s necessarily fatal. It’s better to act without knowing what the results will be, than to do nothing out of fear of failure. Inaction is always a choice you can make — but it’s a choice that leads to nowhere you want to go.

With determination, persistence, action and reflection  most paths lead to a well lived life. Determination to do something you desire to do that others say you can’t. Persistence to keep going even when everything is pushing against you. Action to speak with doing, instead of speak with talking. And reflection to know what’s working and not, and to build a life of value and principle.

The paths that lead to ruin are any decisions you make that are against yourself and your core truth. In my mind, success is becoming more and more yourself as time goes on. You can be the richest, most powerful and famous person in the world, but aren’t successful if you hate yourself, or hate everything around you.

You are always changing, but you are always uniquely YOU if you listen to yourself.

Influence is everywhere, good and bad. Fitting in is the opposite of standing out. And the temptation of being more like someone else will always be within easy reach. But 🗣👾💥🧞‍♂️ that. That’s not you, that’s them. If everyone wants to be like them, so be it. Not me, I’m going to be more like me.

And if you ever find yourself more like them and less like you, don’t worry, there’s always a road back to who you are. You might have to trace your steps, or go in a different direction, but as long as you’re still breathing, then you’re still alive, and if you’re still alive, there’s always a chance.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner

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When Nothing Else Works...

When everything feels overwhelming, when you feel like you have the weight of the world on your shoulders, when a problem you’ve been facing just won’t seem to go away, keep it simple:


Just show up.

We always want to have glorious, heroic successes, wins and changes. The ability to turn our problems into opportunities immediately, without so much as a blink. But big things don’t start big. Big things start tiny and grow.

Tiny actions are sticky. The more you do them, the more they accumulate and combine into massive amounts of change. When you feel as though you have an impossible task in front of you, start with just showing up today.


You don’t have to be a Fortune 500 company by tomorrow.

You don’t have to be the best parent in the world.

You don’t have to be know everything first before you start something.

You just have to show up.


No expectations, no need for being exceptional or trying to be picture perfect today. You don’t need to add 10 more habits to your daily routine. You don’t need to impress anyone. You don’t need to be smarter, richer, famous, successful.

Just show up today.

It’s a simple idea that’s hard to execute, but creates massive momentum in your life.

All you have to do is show up, and the day is yours.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner

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