Change Starts With You

Change is a decision.

It’s something we decide to do.

Most of the time, we are doing this without thinking,
which can be good or bad depending on our instincts.

Ultimately,

Changing your life starts with you+

Catalysts can open us to to change, but we have to initiate it.
New opportunities, new possibilities..

Outside events will affect our lives, and change can seem scary because it feel’s like we don’t have control over them..
But we’re the ones who get to decide how we react to them.

We can’t control the event,

but we can control our response.

If you feel stuck, dissatisfied, or want to change something — then make the decision to do something about it today.

The first step to change (and therefore growth) is implicitly deciding to do so.

You’ve got this.

#KeepPursuing — Josh Waggoner

‘Brevity is the soul of wit.’  Email me (josh@renaissancemanlife.com) your thoughts on this post. Can you reduce the essential idea further?

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“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” — Marcus Aurelius

breathe away anxiety

I’m not really a woo woo kinda guy.

I do however subscribe to the power of breathing.

Breathing is something we all do, but not something we all actively think about.

Breathing directly relates to how calm and clear-headed we are.

In fact some of the greatest minds in our lifetime meditate

(There’s a lot of fluff around the word ‘meditation’, a better term would be a mindfulness practice.)

The point is —

Take control of your breath,

and you’ll take back your life from

the clutches of anxiety+

When the pressures on, breath it away.

There’s an old anonymous saying (which I will proceed to butcher startinnnnng now) ‘if you can’t find the time to meditate for 20 minutes then you should meditate for an hour’.

Antidote ~

Controlled breathing is one cure to rid yourself of anxiety, whether that’s

a mindful breathing practice (such as box breathing — 4 seconds in breath, 4 second hold, 4 seconds out breath, 4 second hold)

or a daily meditation practice (The simplest form is focusing on your breath — In – out. deep breathing. If you lose yourself to thought or feeling (monkey minds) this is natural. Acknowledge it, ‘oh I’m thinking’, then focus back on your breath — that’s it.

20 minutes – 10 minutes – 5 — however much you want to give.

breathe it away

related wisdom

headspace app — guided meditation app —— (google play link)

“I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart. I am. I am. I am.” — Sylvia Plath

“Smile, breathe and go slowly.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

box breathing guide

 

 

Be A Lighthouse

I can’t change your life directly —

only you can do that.

 

No matter how much I try to convince someone —

they’re not going to listen to me unless they decide to.

But we can change lives indirectly —

by being an example.

by letting our actions speak for us.

by showing, rather than telling; living rather than wishing or hoping.

 

If you need me to be, I’ll be your lighthouse.

A lighthouse shining the way to excellence, and a life of meaning.

I’ll be your lighthouse.

That may sound arrogant, I know nothing (jon snow) in the grand scheme of things,

but I’ll do my best to live by example —

by seeking the answers, and living the questions.

 

If you want to be, you can be a lighthouse to —

that’s also a decision you have to make for yourself.

#KeepPursing — Josh Waggoner

‘Brevity is the soul of wit.’  Email me (josh@renaissancemanlife.com) your thoughts on this post. Can you reduce the essential idea further?

related wisdom

“We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” — Ronald Reagan

 

“If you light a lamp for someone else, it will also brighten your path.” — Buddha

 

“A father is neither an anchor to hold us back, nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way.” — Unknown

CHALLENGE: Power Up!

How Minutes of Power Posing Can Improve Your Life

What’s life like without a little challenge? Boring! That’s what!

 

“Stand up straight, and realize who you are, that you tower over your circumstances.” — Maya Angelou

 

Challenge: Power Up With Power Poses!

Our Challenge This Week (and henceforth!) Is to add the habit of power posing to our lives.

 

You may not know this, but

Our Actions Transform our thinking —

What we do affects how we think and feel.

In fact, even how we express our bodies changes how we think and feel.

‘Our bodies speak to us. they tell us how and what to feel. They change what goes on inside our endocrine systems, our autonomic nervous system, our brains, and our minds without our being conscious of a thing. How you carry yourself — your facial expressions, your postures, your breathing — all clearly affect the way you think, feel and behave.’

In the insightful book, Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges,

Amy Cuddy describes how the body and the brain are part of a singular, integrated system.

She asks questions such as

‘Can be pose our way to presence?’

‘What would happen if we adopt expansive postures even when we are feeling powerless? What happens when we pretend to be brave?’

Research suggests our expressions cause our emotions.

‘Our bodies.. can help carry us to who we want to be. And as we’re about to discover, the evidence seems to agree: Where our bodies lead, our minds and emotions will follow.’

Just a few minutes of power posing can help us be powerful, present, calm, less stressed, and confident.

— Allowing us to be ready to take on trials and opportunities that come our way.

‘Carrying yourself in a powerful way directs your feelings, thoughts, behaviors, and body to feel powerful and be present’

So our challenge is to start incorporating power poses into our lives.

If you’re feeling anxious, nervous, worried, or just not powerful — Do a few minutes of power posing.

If you’re about to do a big speech, performing, having an interview, talking to someone new, or anything that scares the E eFfing G out of you, do some power posing before the event.

A few Power Poses to try out:

  • Cobra Pose

 Yep that's right. Yoga in jeans!
Yep that’s right. Yoga in jeans!

 

  • Wonder Woman | Superman Pose

 Wet hair don't care!
Wet hair don’t care!

 

  • Victory! Pose

 Silliness abounds!
Silliness abounds!

 

Challenge Accepted

Josh Waggoner

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related:

Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges

Amy Cuddy’s Ted Talk:

Perfection Killed The Cat

Don’t let perfection keep you from starting..

or staying consistent..

or finishing!

Wanting to refine your work is great and admirable —

to a point.

But it’s no good to you or anyone else if you don’t release it.

We want your ideas — they may inspire our own ideas, or perhaps impact our lives, but they’re not going to do anything if there stuck in your notebook, or in your head.

Here are Three Truths I believe about Ideas

  • Ideas have an expiration date.

If we don’t act on an idea, the magic of it will fade away — meaning, either we aren’t the same person we were when they had it, so it loses it’s meaning to us,

or we forget what the idea was even about!

Get started with an idea you want to do as soon as you can (Now if possible!)

Small actions on your idea, can add up to huge momentum. 

 

The same Ideas seem to pop up in other people’s minds as well. (Are you reading my mind!? Did you steal that while I was sleeping!? 

If you don’t act on it, someone else probably will.

  • In my experience, the longer you wait on an idea, the harder it is to act on it.

The longer I sit on an idea, the heavier it gets. An idea that I really want to do starts weighing on me heavily. Like the many headed Hydra of greek mythology, Excuses rear their ugly heads, and regenerate every time I chop one down — “I just haven’t had time to..” “things are tough right now..” “I’ll do it when my life slows down a bit..”

If you’ve been sitting on an idea for long time — or feel called to do one — take action on it immediately.

Start today on your ideas — You’ll feel a weight come off your shoulders; You’ll breathe a sigh of relief.

 

  • Work expands within the frame you give it.

Things will never seem complete unless you set an end state in mind.  Work gets done within the time you given it.

“Our films don’t get finished, they just get released.”  — John Lasseter, Pixar

To make an idea happen, we must define our own structure and time frame for it.

A time bound idea is one that will be achieved.

And If your goal is a lifelong mission and never ends (such as, ‘I want to be a Renaissance Man;) then continue to set milestones and feedback  — so that you know you’re making progress.

Put some Elbow Grease on it’ — Josh Waggoner

 

 

related:

“Without action, thought can never ripen into truth.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“Soon is not as good as now.” — Seth Godin

Bandwagon Blues

When we fall off the bandwagon, the easiest thing for us to do is jump right back on.

No muss no fuss gus.

Just pick yourself up, and keeping going. 

Failure is an essential ingredient of success.

If someone doesn’t talk about their failures, it just means they’re keeping them to themselves.

Everyone in the universe falls off the bandwagon  — it doesn’t mean your life is over — it means you’re ALIVE.

When we continuing despite setbacks — we’re not really failing at all really.

We’re growing. We’re persevering. We’re taking feedback. We’re being stubborn (not today failure, not today.)

And that means,

 we are living fully.

 

#KeepPursuing — Josh Waggoner

‘Brevity is the soul of wit.’  Email me (josh@renaissancemanlife.com) your thoughts on this post. Can you reduce the essential idea further?

related wisdom:

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” — Winston Churchill

 

“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.” — Napoleon Hill

 

“The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success.” — Paramahansa Yogananda

 

“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” — Michael Jordan

 

Train Your Idea Muscle.

Creativity is like a muscle —

to have great ideas, we must train our idea muscles.

The more we train, the better our ideas will become.

It might sound obvious, but —

To Have Great Ideas, we must practice creating them.

 

Action Step — Train your idea muscle every day by writing down ten ideas.

They don’t have to incredible-blow-me-away ideas —

Just ten ideas you can come up with.

ProTip — Create your ideas by categories: “What are ten blog posts I can write about Ideas?”

 

Go Create Something — Josh Waggoner

 

related:

James Altucher — The Ultimate Guide for Becoming an Idea Machine.

update july 14, 2016

“Great ideas originate in the muscles.”  —Thomas A. Edison

 

…But Gullible is A Road to Ruin.

Ignorance is Bliss, but Gullibleness is a Road to Ruin. (Gullibleness? is that a word…? is now!)

 

You may find out the hard way,  but everyone is not out for your success..

In fact some might even want to see you crash and burn.

Being Gullible means believing everything you hear, and taking it for absolute truth —

without thinking about it,

without relating it your core values and views,

without testing it,

without being self-aware,

without researching the source,

and without listening to your gut.

I think it’s okay to be naive — this is how we all must begin, each time we start something new, or strive for a goal — but being gullible is stupid. (Believe me, I know — found out the hard way)

Being Gullible is Just Stupid +

 

We are all at the center of our own universe,

so it takes someone truly brilliant to step out of themselves and help others; 

to see how they fit within the greater world and what they can do to make it better.

 

#KeepPursuing — Josh Waggoner

‘Brevity is the soul of wit.’  Email me (josh@renaissancemanlife.com) your thoughts on this post. Can you reduce the essential idea further?

Ignorance is Bliss

I think a little naiveté towards our dreams is a healthy trait.

If we knew how much time, grit, and elbow grease it would take us

to actualize our dreams, we might give up before we even start.

But giving up takes you nowhere closer to where you want to be.

A little something is better than a lotta nothing.

It’s easy to do the impossible, when you don’t realize it’s impossible.

Half the time, I’m blissfully unaware how difficult something really is,

until after I make it happen.

Bliss your way to success, one ignorant step at a time.

 

If you’ve been holding off on doing something —

Start Right Now.

Believe you can, then go do it — it’ll be a cinch. 

#KeepPursuing, — Josh Waggoner

‘Brevity is the soul of wit.’  Email me (josh@renaissancemanlife.com) your thoughts on this post. Can you reduce the essential idea further?

Application is King

Our brain is our greatest tool and asset.

You can only carry around with you what you know.

(Well… at least until we can mind meld with the internet.)

Application is King + 

Nonfiction books are useless unless applied.

Skills are just wishes or ‘things i used to do’ unless practiced.

Ideas are fantasies unless we act on them. 

 

This is why I think developing universal skills can be greatest path towards an extraordinary life.

Universal skills are interrelated skills — impactful in all aspects of our life +

 

Start Cultivating +

  • Health
  • Exercise
  • Overcoming Fears —
  • IDEATION
  • Habits
  • Empathy
  • Goal Setting
  • Teaching
  • Presence
  • Listening
  • Leading
  • Team Skills
  • Networking
  • Meta Learning — Learning how to learn
  • Conversation | Speaking
  • Thinking — memory, mindsets, focus
  • Meditation — breathing, calming, yourself
  • Friendships
  • Time Management
  • Finances
  • Writing
  • Photography
  • Music
  • Language
  • Resilience
  • Adaptability 

Learn one, then build on it towards the next.

#KeepPursuing,

Josh Waggoner

‘Brevity is the soul of wit.’  Email me (josh@renaissancemanlife.com) your thoughts on this post. Can you reduce the essential idea further?

related:

Metaskills — Five Talents for the Robotic Age

“My powers are ordinary. Only my application brings me success.” — Isaac Newton

 

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”  — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe