Why You Should Know What You Want

I’m a strong (lovable hunk) proponent of creating wishlists and knowing what you want. The best argument I️ can make is if you don’t know what you want, how are you possibly going to be able to get I­t­? 

That goes for wealth, things, health, friendships and even moonshot goals. (Goals so big scientists will want to study your big head)

Big goals are moving targets already! When you wing I­t­, you are basically aiming for a moving target blindfolded using a spoon as your arrow. 

For me, the hardest part about setting goals is the doubt that goes along with I­t­. You write down this wonderful future and then wonder, ‘what if this doesn’t come true?’ Or ‘what if I️ can’t make this happen?’.

Doubt is the number one killer of dreams, not because we doubt ourselves into failing, but because we doubt ourselves into never even wishing.

And when we stop wishing, we let other people choose our lives for us.

The second number one (? Did you just write second number one? You dumb.) killer of dreams is *never trying.* True, never trying means never failing. However, I️ think deep down in our gut we know that never trying is the ultimate form of failure.

If this is resonating with you, it’s time to rip the band-aid off. You don’t have to be perfect at the beginning, you just have to be purposeful. Knowing your goals and working toward them is how you turn dreams into reality. 

One of the greatest surprises about creating wishlists is the side opportunities that pop and turn out to be better for you than your original goal. Maybe you learn the guitar and in so doing you meet your future wife/husband. Maybe loving soccer gets you a scholarship. (I­t­ took me 3 failed tries and 1 Google search to remember how to spell scholarship 👨‍🏫 ) Maybe you injure yourself while playing soccer and find your true calling in the world of nutrition and exercise science. Writing and pursuing your goals give you that. 

What’s better, setting goals working hard, and never achieving them, or never trying and regretting I­t­? (tough tater tots) 

Set your goals, work on your goals every day and reap the rewards of a life well lived.

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

And wherever you are, keep smiling 🙂

— Josh Waggoner

IG: @Renaissance.Life


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“Work hard for what you want because it won’t come to you without a fight. You have to be strong and courageous and know that you can do anything you put your mind to. If somebody puts you down or criticizes you, just keep on believing in yourself and turn it into something positive.” — Leah LaBelle

“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” — Dolly Parton

“Hurry up and fail.” — Tim Kennedy

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