Don’t be a Try-hard

I find that most often in creativity and life, the more I try and force it, the less it works (whatever it is).

It’s a hard life, being a try-hard. 😆

It’s an interesting counterintuitive idea that wanting something so much brings you the opposite results. Or you get what you wanted and the results aren’t worth what it cost to get it.

It’s not that hard work doesn’t pay off, it does pay off, usually ten-fold. But working hard doesn’t always mean getting what you want, exactly how you want it.

Which can be a good thing. Usually what we start out with is limited by the information we have at the moment.

“A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.”

Bruce Lee

The passion and desire aren’t wrong, it’s the tight mindset around the finish line that needs some adjustments.

Instead of taking every challenge and opportunity with a tight fist, always clinching and squeeze with all our might to make something happen, we can open up our hands, let go of the outcome, and be agile and flexible to obstacles and change.

“Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.”

Bruce Lee

With an open palm, we can let go of what should be, do our best each day, and create an outcome with the greater potential of what can be.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner

Daily Blog #565


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