Life Principle #10: Live Intentionally

I’m bad about saying no to more things. 
More work, more friends, more knowledge, more impact — more more more.
Wait a minute Josh, work, friends, knowledge… why are these bad?

The problem is more work doesn’t necessarily mean more financial peace, it just means your busy all the time.
More knowledge isn’t bad until it squeezes things you already know and love out of your brain, by taking away your attention for what matters to you. More friends are great, except for the fact you can’t go deep because you don’t have the proper time to give to all of them.

Long story long, MORE stretch yourself thin, and without a  laser focus, you’ll be doing a lot of things, but not accomplishing anything.

Success doesn’t fall into our laps, yet most go around living like it does.
They wait for the rain to stop, they wait for their day to shine.

Change doesn’t either. 

If you want an extraordinary life, you’ve got to put on your shoes and go LIVE like the worlds gone tomorrow.

Life Principle #10: Live Intentionally

There’s a book by F. Scott Fitzgerald called This Side of Paradise. It’s a classic.
And I also hate it. 

It’s not the writing, nor the etching of the early 1900s. It’s the directionless characters, include the main protagonist Amory Blaine.  Amory drifts through his life, knowing he can be somebody special, yet to lazy to try and figure out who he is.

How many people do you know go about their lives living aimlessly, with nothing guiding them except the direction of the wind that day? How many people do you know who are shut down completely? They spend their whole lives saying things, but never doing them, or jumping from one fling to the next, or from one TV show to the next, not because they care, but because that’s what they do.

They exist, but they are not living. 

But not for us. If you desire to be or do something worthwhile its time for you to create radical change in your life.

To me, living intentionally is the ultimate form of awareness about yourself.
Knowing who want to be is not enough, you must also be intentional about your habits, input and thinking to get there. When you know who you are, you know when to say Yes or No to opportunities and actions.

Should I go to Disneyland? Well, no because you don’t like rides (or happiness).
Should I change careers? Well, you might want to consider it if you live for the weekends and your current job sucks the life out of you.

Be intentionally about the habits, friends, and life you choose.
Because it is a choice.

When you’re younger growing up, I would sometimes here adults say something like, ‘You can be anything you want to be, you could even be president!’ And a piece of you believes it, and another says to keep your head down and make good grades.

But really it’s the Nonconformist’s who color outside the lines, break the rules of whats possible that rule the world.

There are people out there, right NOW, who make a living from podcasting. There are people out there who EVEN surf for a flipping living. People direct movies like Star Wars for a living! People sing for a living! Anything you want to do is possible!

Living intentionally is knowing you can make an impact and have fun doing it.

If you want to be something, go do it.

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner

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“You can go slow. Allow your dreams and goals to change, but live an intentional life.”Kumail Nanjiani

“You don’t climb mountains without a team, you don’t climb mountains without being fit, you don’t climb mountains without being prepared and you don’t climb mountains without balancing the risks and rewards. And you never climb a mountain on accident – it has to be intentional.”Mark Udall

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