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I’m so bad about bringing too much stuff with me. I usually have a decade worth of books, projects and entertainment with me wherever I go. Am I going to ready all three of these books I have with me (and have been meaning to read)? Maybe… Not.

Save yourself from your own insanity. one book. one task. You don’t need a backup.

Most of us are lucky enough to be a few taps away from anything we want. (Or unlucky in some cases.)

Besides, how many books (or insert your favorite medium here) have you blown throw, yet can barely remember anything about a few months later?

Do we really need our entire morning coffee kit on a weekend trip? Or a different pair of shoes for each day of our vacation? Or enough movies on our phone that outlasts the death of the sun?

Probably ;)

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh W.

Josh Waggoner
Gravity Waves

When I was younger, my cousin and I would love to get into my grandparents pool and start making a ruckus with pool floats. We would pump up and down in a inner tube, forcing the calm pool water into violent rough seas. Do it well enough and the entire pool, from the shallow end to the deep, would be rocking like deep ocean waves.

Everything you surround yourself with has a gravitational pull on your mind.

A pile of dishes, a stack of unread books, instruments, equipment, toys… — aren’t just objects in your home, they are subconscious todos. The waves are subtle too. Little wobbles in your force field, undetectable unless you’re paying attention.

People are like this too. Everyone you come into contact with has gravity waves too.

The closer you are or the more influence they have over you, the more subtle the waves. You think it would be the opposite — and sometimes it is — but it makes sense if you consider it. Who’s hard to say no too, a random person on the internet, or a friend / coworker / family member?

The tricky part is not letting any negative waves influence you or suppress who you are.

Back in the pool, one thing you notice is that even in the strongest waves can be overcome, by an equally strong force, or better yet — by realizing you can always get out of the pool.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner

Josh Waggoner
Projects out the ears

Excellence is in doing, more specifically it is in finishing. Having a butt-tillion projects in progress is having a butt-tillion projects with no progress. Nothing gets done when everything needs to be done.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh W.

Josh Waggoner
Millions of Ideas

Spinning multiple plates is a great in the beginning.

You spin up one plate, then another, and another. Hey, this is easy.

The hard part is realize now you have to keep them all spinning. You jump from one, to the other to the other, aimlessly just trying to keep it all going.

Starting ideas is a wonderful feeling, keeping them spinning is the difficult part. Too many and all you have left is a pile of broken idea without enough guidance to make them magic.

But what if we started with one? What if we narrowed into one idea first, and focused the most of our energy there? Would we be able to balance it enough to where it spins on it’s own?

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh W.

Josh Waggoner
A New Story

When it comes to ourselves, we can be so degrading. We tell ourselves we’re never good enough, we can criticize every single we do, even think. But would you ever talk to someone you care about as harshly as you talk to yourself?

In some form or fashion, you are where you are in life by where you’re level of thinking lies. If you think you’re fat and unhealthy, or can’t ever be healthy Ike you were when you were younger, then you’ve already lost in your mind. And by listening to those negative thoughts, you start to believe it, and then act out those things in life, which reinforces the reality you’ve spun in your head, further solidify that they are true. ‘See, you can’t even go one day without eating desserts, you’re hopeless.’ ...

BS.

Our mind is our first line of defense, our first line of action. Critical thinking creates weak action. Practice and improve your ability to recognize negative self talk in the moment, and reframe the narrative looping in your head.

You’re as confident or courageous or strong or wise or wealthy as you think you are.

Don’t let your thoughts control you. Tell a different story.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh W.

Josh Waggoner
Lols

If you haven’t been able to tell from my last few terribly mediocre posts, I’ve been in a mental funk the last few days.

I find myself looping through the same old negative thoughts and mental chit chat I’ve drained myself completely of all energy and desire to do the things I love, like writing.

This is something I definitely want to improve in this year. To learn how turn around mental self-destruction and self-criticism into positive thoughts and self-actualization.

I’ve been reading Hindsight, by Justin Timberlake recently, and one lesson it’s reminded me of is the importance of laughing, especially when everything in your life seems so un-laughable.

Laughter cuts through the hardest days.

Nothing soothes your soul quite like laughing at a ridiculous joke.

Find the laughter.

Find the laughter in the stupidity of your situation, even if it’s the worst thing in the world.

Help others laugh too.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh W.

Josh Waggoner
What’s Stopping Me From Creating?

We all know what we *want* to do.

We have that MUST within us calling out as Elle Luna would say.

We have a truth within us.

The question is, why am I not doing them?

Why am I letting everything else get in the way of creating?

Because we let activity takes precedence over importance.

For example, starting a new business can quickly become doing everything that feels like it should be done, business cards, new website, marketing strategy, office supplies ... everything except for getting customers.

It feels great in the moment, but then quickly sours into no progress.

We let a lot of noise get in the way of our direction. We say yes to activity, without realizing how saying yes to it means saying no to our true priorities.

What stopping you from creating?

What’s activity taking up your time?

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What’s your practice?

Having goals is well and good and all, but what’s your action plan?

How do our goals fit with our daily lives?

Liking a thing, is not the same as doing a thing. Liking something gives you the enjoyment and enthusiasm of its presence in your life. Doing a thing gives you enjoyment in the different way of getting better at it and creating.

Not everything about practicing is fun. In fact there will be days where everyone and everything (including yourself) will try to prevent you from doing it. But that’s part of the practice too.

To get up today and give time to your pursuit, despite everything going on around you, is the essence of what having a practice means.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh W

Josh Waggoner
4AM

I don’t know how Jocko does it. Every single day, getting up at 4 AM, *then* running a company *and* having a podcast.

I got up at 4AM this morning.

Had a great morning. Mindfulness practices, went to my daily 6AM Ashtanga yoga class. My mood matched the beautiful weather... until about 5PM... cue zombie Josh. My lips are even tired. I can’t feel my bones.

Maybe it’s the same for Jocko. Maybe when night rolls around he’s tired too. But I doubt it. Or he just pushes through anyway. He’s a beast.

G’night.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing

— Josh W.

Josh Waggoner
Reacting Differently

Everything is a practice, from the right angle.

Every selfish act done to you, intentional or not, is a chance to practice inner calm. And every self-centered act you catch yourself doing is a chance to pause and react differently.

In physics, In every action there’s an opposite reaction.

In life, every reaction is a chance of a different reaction.

Our bad traits, the ones that keep us up at night, or boil our blood to the point of medication can be seen as something other than bad, from the right angle. Bad is only surface deep. Underneath, every bad trait is a chance to practice an opposite, good trait. Anger to peace. Worry and Anxiety to calm. Despair to hope.

Ignore this at your own peril (I’m talking to you too, me), because anger, resentment, anxiety… these emotional reactions hurt you more than they hurt the recipient.

And just like mindfulness practices, the practice isn’t about changing the reaction. The practice is about noticing that you are doing it. It’s noticing that your blood is boiling with rage and knowing why. The practice of noticing automatically leads to the change of reaction.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh W.

Josh Waggoner
My Theme of 2019

Last year was crazy. Crazy in a not so good way either.

I worked more than I ever had, worried over unnecessary stresses, more distant from myself (silly, curious, lively) than I’ve ever have, and met the end of 2018 with the question of why. Why have I been living so overworked and stressed? What am I really doing this for?

I knew I wasn’t happy during the year, but it wasn’t until I had a moment of stillness later in the year that I realized how stressful my life had become.

It’s hard to notice how fast your moving until you stop and feel the whiplash. These are inflection points in our lives. Your half way up a flight of stairs and your winded and notice. You put 100+ hours in a game you don’t even love and wake up to a life that hasn’t changed. It’s 8AM, your stuck in traffic, late to work and wonder how you got here. You just bought your 5th pair of shoes this month, and haven’t even worn the new ones sitting in your closet.

A chance encounter. A moment of potential change.

I don’t want to live my life running around like mad, flailing my arms around like the worlds on fire.

My theme of 2019 is: CALM

Less activity, more intention. Less distractions, more refinement,

A focus on rest, space and observation.

I want to focus on doing what resonates with me and saying no to everything else.

But this won’t be easy. (The best, worthwhile things never are)

I’m facing a steep incline, for reasons I can’t go into right now (so vague), and reasons I feel like I should already be good at, but clearly am not. (Money for example.) But the up hill battles won’t change the goal.

CALM comes from inside out. While everything is going to sh*t, I can still practice inner calm. There are opportunities in every steep climb, after all. It’s just a matter of looking up past your shoes and seeing your surroundings for what they are: possibilities.

What is you’re them of 2019? Email me: josh@renaissancelife.com

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh W.

Josh Waggoner
Your Habits Set Your Direction

Daily habits, and habits in general, add up to *something*. Whether that something is what you want is another story.

Actions direct habits, habits direct our lives.

Where are your habits leading you?

What does the sum of your habits say about you and what you respect and represent?

Having a solid direction of where you want to go, can refine your daily habits, which also clarifies and directs you even more.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

Josh W.

Josh Waggoner
Synchronicity

Have you ever felt so excited about something you’re bubbling with energy? So much so you just wanna, you just wanna squeeze a bunch of grapes or something from being so giddy. (....no?)

Sometimes I’ll get the feeling through entertainment. (No not that kind of entertainment, get your mind out of the gutter, Steve.) When I re-watch or re-read some of my favorite stories, like moments in Bleach or Community or The Name of The Wind, or when I read an insight (usually a quote from Steve Jobs or Seneca) how I feel is synchronized with the energy of the idea.

I’ll feel it when I create sometimes too. When I write a song that just, fits. Or when I write or design ideas that seem to flow out of the ether. It’s like your hitting a note that is connect to something larger, something harmonized. Like two bells ringing together for a just a moment that resonate with each other, or your car’s blinker and the blinker of the car in front match the beat for a split second, lightning, just before they go their separate ways.

I think ideas are like this. They resonate in the air in moments of time. From the complicated, interwoven network of cause and effects in our world, creating ideas that strike a chord in the hearts of people who have never met and aren’t aware of their shared experience. Getting a little trippy here, I know. At the very least it’s an odd phenomenon.

There’s also the fact that you could make something, a piece of art, a song, a statement, an application, a comment... that resonates with me from a distance. Your creativity sparking my imagination and creativity. Or, even crazier, someone’s ideas in the past, hundreds, thousands of years ago, reflecting on to me in the present moment. Or even this very post, resonating with someone in the distant future.

BUT.

But not all the time.

I think synchronicity such as this only happens when you feel the energy and heart yourself. Perhaps bad ideas don’t last. (Unless it’s so bad they put it in the history books) Or maybe without the heart and soul behind the creativity, it doesn’t leave a spark. Doing thing for the wrong reason — for the money, because you have too, because that’s what’s everyone does, because that’s what everyone always does, to fit in, for status, fame, power — can get you those things sometimes (fame, power, money, normalcy, etc), but it doesn’t vibrant the same as something with heart behind it.

Sometimes work that I do just doesn’t jive me up. The more I think about these jobs (especially in hindsight) the more I realize I was doing it for the wrong reasons, or doing it because I felt like I had too, which isn’t great for my well-being and peace of mind or for the work itself.

Work without heart is just another random book on the shelf, another website or app, another gimmick, another product being sold, another social media account, another choice in a heap of choices.

Gravitate towards things that inspire and light you up, and others will gravitate towards the work you create as well.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh W.

Josh Waggoner
Lost and Found: The Number One Thing I Did in 2018

Isn’t it funny that the thing we often need the most, is the thing we do the least?

I got distracted in 2018.

Distracted by things I thought I needed, and by consequences of living in denial of your circumstances. Pain, sour outcomes, nickel and dimer’s…

There’s good things in bad situations, but when there’s multiple bads, it’s difficult to square up the energy to look for the good.

In 2018, I lost and found the number one thing we should all be giving towards each day:

Self-care.

I put stress over my wellbeing, because, well, stress. But stress isn’t the root of the problem, just a side effect of the problem. Stress amplifies the emotional intensity of the situation. It highlights what’s wrong, or more generally, it highlights.

If you are not at least putting a small amount of time attention and care into your own wellbeing, you are doing a disservice to yourself and your pursuits. Self-care enables us to be more capable.

For me, its doing yoga every day, writing everyday, respecting bedtime, seeking advice and beginning to give myself more time for rest and rejuvenation.

Lord knows we all need a little more rest.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh W.

Josh Waggoner
Enjoy Today

All I can do is accept where I am in life and take action towards improving it. I can’t rewrite history. I can’t ensure the future. But I can write the present. I can respond to events with the character and traits of the person I want to be. I can love the present with every fiber.

I can enjoy today, and find a reason to laugh even in the most unlaughable circumstances.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh W.

Inspired by:

Solve for Happy — Mo Gawdat

Mary Poppins Returns

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How to Actually Improve This Year

Over four thousand years ago, which is a number of years that’s hard for me to grasp my imagination around, a normal, everyday farmer in living in the country of Akkad, an ancient region we call Babylonia, decided to greet the New Year, with the resolve to return borrowed objects, and to pay off their debts. Or perhaps it was someone within the political landscape of the time that decided to return borrowed objects and pay of their debts. Whatever the case, the idea of resolving the brand new year, and making promises to keep with themselves, resolutions, has been around for quite a while. (Perhaps as old as debt itself, If I was a guessing man.)

From Babylonians, to Egyptians, to Romans to Gregorian calendars, up to modern day resolution listicals, the idea of resolutions have stuck with us.

To honor new beginnings of the unwritten year with the hopes of change and the improvement of our lives.

But, while the idea of resolutions have stuck around, actually making them happen is a whole other matter.

In short, resolutions suck.

Doing them is much harder than setting them. The idea of a fresh start is an uplifting breath of fresh air. I’m not catholic, so consider this a poor oversimplification, but I tend to see the modern version of resolutions as a yearly confessions. After spending the past year not exercising, not eating well, not working on dreams, business ideas, relationships, and doing pretty much everything except what I wish I was doing, a list of resolutions is a big reset button, and a new chance of living a life true to ourselves.

I think the problem can be boiled down to size.

We want big bombastic life-altering change but when Jan 1. Rolls around, we are faced with anything but. Big goals are slippery. They are hard to contain all of their, bigness in your head.

What we need is a change of perspective:

Resolutions are focused on the big picture, yearly goals. What we need are daily resolutions. Small incremental habitual actions we can do each day.

So what’s overachieving mult-potentialite's like you and I to do?

Start with a daily habit.

DAILY HABITS

Resolutions are made in the day. A daily habit gives you a chance to improve each day. 1% vegan doesn’t really add up to much for you. But what if you were to improve 1% every day? Now that ramps up quickly. A daily habit is the puzzle pieces that make up the BIG change we seek. One piece at a time, one day at a time, the picture we build gets clearer and clearer.

LOOSELY HELD EXPECTATIONS

I’m not just going to give up if I miss a day, or emotionally eat a whole pie on a particularly stressful evening. I’ll start fresh immediately. Resolutions are lived in the day. Every day is a chance to improve your life, but expecting every day to go my way and be peach keen is silly. When unexpected things happen, go easy on yourself.

REMEMBER THE FUN

A habit is only useful if you actually enjoy it AND find a positive benefit from it.

ONE AND DONE

Trying to do everything, is trying to do nothing. This is the biggest barrier for most people looking for big change in their lives, year after year. TOO MANY THINGS. Forget your list of 15 ways you want to improve your life, start with one. Start with the one that has the most priority, or choose one at random. Build up one habit first, then add another.

CHALLENGE YOUR LIMITATIONS

If you want to learn how to swim and your 70 years old, by all means go for it. Especially if swimming is a limiting fear. Anything that you think you can’t do, because of realistic reasons (too old, too young, unfit, unmotivated, underpaid etc) is a great place to start. Challenging your limitations of what you can or can’t do, not only proves that you can do that thing (or at least try that thing) but also improves your capable and belief in yourself across the board.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh W.

Josh Waggoner
5 Quotes for the New Year

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.”Benjamin Franklin

“I think in terms of the day's resolutions, not the years'.” — Henry Moore

“Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed.”Cavett Robert

“Ring out the false, ring in the true.”Alfred Lord Tennyson

And if we were to combine them,

Everyday is a new resolution, the best day in the year to focus on what’s true. Spend each day like it’s as fresh as the New Year, and you’ll find your life in a better place that it’s ever been, with the character to handle any hardship or challenge that comes your way.

Happy 2019 Everyone.

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh W.

Josh Waggoner
Change One

What’s the one thing you want to change in 2019?

Forget resolutions.

Forget lists on lists of habits and goals you want to accomplish.

In the race to change our entire lives overnight, we end up overwhelmed, unmotivated and unable to do it all.

The great thing about change and good habits are they ricochet and add value to our entire lives, not just the area that we are changing.

If you could do only one thing differently for the better, what would it be?

Start there. Start immediately. Don’t wait until the clock strikes new, start now.

One is a whole lot better than none.

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

Josh W.

Josh Waggoner
Live it up

What do we do when we are thirsty?

We drink. We seek water, we buy beverages to quench our thirst.


What do we do when we are hungry?

We eat. You go to a restaurant or make something at home.

What do we do when we are tired?

We rest. We go to sleep. We take a nap. We turn off and let slumber take us for a while.

What the body desires, we must fulfill, otherwise we don’t get very far, you know, with the whole living thing.

But what about our mental and spiritual wellbeing? What do we do when we have dreams we wish to do?

We usually do nothing. We satisfy everything and everyone else first. We forgo our dreams for other things we think we need more, like money and status (follows, fans, outfits, press). We expect. We wait for our dreams to happen to us. A letter in the mail telling us we’ve won the lottery (huh, I don’t remember buying a lottery ticket… oh well!). Any day now. The Great Pumpkin will come out with treats and cheer any second now Charlie Brown, just you wait. We hope that our lives will just automagically change by itself. spontaneous improvement!

But that’s not how it works. Adventure favors the BOLD. You will not find fulfillment waiting for your dream, go do it.

Perhaps your dream starts with enabling someone else’s dream, or perhaps you need to steady your nerves and go for it. Whatever it is, waiting isn’t enough.

You could wait all your life (which is also not assured to be long, we just assume we will live till we are 90)  and still not have done your dream.

Or you can live it up in the present.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh W.

Josh Waggoner