Don’t Sink Your Own Ship — Life Principle #23

Whenever I️ get sick, I’m usually too tired to read yet too wired to sleep. The default choice after that (and for a lot of people) is Netflix. I’ll marathon through shows and movies all day. 
But even after I️ get well, my body gets used to watching hours of tv. And even if I️ have a million things I️ want to do, it’s hard to resist that urge of laying down and watching one more episode. This is just one way laziness can creep into your life.

Laziness, fear, uncertainty, hate, sadness, disbelief (in yourself, about the world), and other harmful anti-habits are the opposite of what I­t­ means to live a meaningful life.

The problem is that harmful habits are hard to spot. They usually don’t happen overnight. Slowly, over time, you start pouring water into your ship. Fear builds and builds. Uncertainty builds and builds. And more often than not, it’s not difficult times that cause us to fall down, its that one more bucket of water we throw into our ship.

It’s hard to set sail when you’re sinking in the harbor.

Life Principle #23: Don’t Sink Your Own Ship

Take a moment to do a gut check: Are you getting in your own way? Are you holding yourself back? Are you sabotaging your success?

Success is a tricky word (for a lot of reasons) but one thing that always blows my mind about I­t­ is that while even though we want to succeed, sometimes a piece of us doesn’t want to succeed at the same time. We think we aren’t good enough or don’t deserve I­t­ in some way.

Success is a state of mind. It’s believing that you can. It’s knowing that failure is inevitable and can evaluate you higher. And when you back belief up with practice, you start to grow into the mindset of a successful person.


Putting I­t­ in practice:

Make a list of your anti-habits: bad habits you fall into and would like to avoid.

Spending too much on stuff you don’t need?
Neglecting little todos (like taxes or changing your oil in your car, etc) that end up biting you in the bum later?
Forgetting to floss?

Write down everything you can think of and relate to your life and goals you are pursuing. Now think of the opposite, positive habits. How can you make it as simple and easy of a process to do your most important habits daily?


Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner
 

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“Ships don’t sink because of the water around them; ships sink because of the water that gets in them. Don’t let what’s happening around you get inside you and weigh you down.” — Unknown