Idleness

I have a strong distaste of idleness.

Don’t get me wrong, I love ‘nothing’ time, where’s no obligations to get things done or need to do anything but, well, nothing. And I also have built up my patience muscles to wait for just about anything. But I hate wasting time. Any moment where I’m waiting on an unexpected outcome, like last minute schedule changes, or hours of traffic, or waiting at the grocery store for a family member to text you what they want you to pick up, but won’t answer their phone (that was very specific :).

Call it a character weakness or what-have-you. I just have a keen sense of how valuable my time is, or at least have valuable it can be. And I’m not just talking about work. Time is valuable not just because of how much work I can get done or how much money I can make. Time is valuable because it’s our most limited and fixed resource, and so very unassured.

Idle is the last thing I want to be doing. I want to move. I want to act. I want to strategize. I want to fight — for my dreams, for my truth. Idleness doesn’t get you where you want to go, it only holds you back.

If I’m complacent, I’m not learning and improving. I’m not growing. I’m not getting better.

I think that’s one of the big reasons ‘retiring’ has no appeal to me. Or at least the American Dream version of retiring, where you spend your last days relaxing and sipping pina-coladas on the beach.

Maybe I’m just crazy.

Or maybe motion, and the drive to create and do is a big part of what life is all about.

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— Josh Waggoner

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Get Clear

It’s difficult to know if you are doing the right things and making the right calls when you’re in the middle of it all.

The ‘right’ path is up to each of us, but I see it as living a life that is meaningful to you and aligns with what you stand for, believe and want to be.

But in the midst of all the day-to-day activities and decisions we make on a daily basis, is hard to see what the full picture looks like.

If our life is a painting, then each action and experience is a stroke of the brush on a canvas. You want to be in alignment to both — the full picture and the small brushstrokes — because each decision we make ultimately determines what the larger painting of our life looks like.

Each day can be meaningless. Another day in a sea of countless days…. But that’s not quite right. Our days on earth are countable, we just don’t (or try not too) think about it. In reality, if you really think about it:

Each day is vital.

A ‘day’ makes up our entire lives.

All of this is extremely hard to apply to your own life, unless you regularly schedule times where you check-in with yourself and consider the bigger picture that you are living.

What do you think of your life?
What do you want to do better?
On a scale from crap to fantastic, where is your work or social or financial or family live?

It’s okay if its on the crap end. That just means you have a little work to do. Most people don’t even realize that though, because they never take the time to think about what they want their life to look like. Not you, of course. 🙂 You’re like me — you are after meaning, mastery and a life well-lived.

Get clear on where you are heading. Go all in on each day to make it happen.

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Pushing Limits

“If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”

Bruce Lee

I’m a strong believer in pushing yourself to the limit of what you think is possible. I’m constantly trying to creatively do more and challenge myself past what I think I’m capable of.

Creating something is just as much a mental game than it is actually things we do.

Usually what we think we are capable of achieving is only the beginning of what we can really do. But to achieve something great, you have to go above and beyond yourself and push yourself to the maximum, and if you’ve never gone to the edge of your limits, how do you really know its a real limit and not just a mental thing? Limits themselves are bad. They are guardrails that keep us moving forward on the right path. However, false-limits are bad and need to be crushed. It’s difficult to know which is which until you are facing that limit head on.

That being said, pushing yourself to the max is not without it’s risks. You want to be hyper-vigilant of yourself. The last thing you want to do is push yourself to far off the edge. But you also don’t want to hold yourself back. That’s why it’s critical to check-in with yourself to make sure what you are do and how you are doing it is what you want, and also to make sure you are taking care of the basic human needs — nutrition, exercise, sleep, companionship.

There will always be limits to what we can do.
How much time we can give each day. How many things we can do at once. How many things we can learn.

Our best resource, time, is perhaps the most limited. That’s why it’s vital to spend it towards something meaningful that you actually care about. If you are doing something you hate, no one is benefiting from it. Get out of that as soon as possible. Life’s too short to not life it to its fullest.

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Life stuff

I’ve been out of it the last few days.

There’s been a lot of life stuff going on (mostly the “kicking in the shins” part of life) and I’ve been in a mental downpour. I go through cycles of…. discouragement, where I don’t really want to do anything, even the things I know that would help knock me out of it. All I end up wanting to do is two things that I know won’t help: avoid people and eat (endless) cookies.

I find writing to help mitigate negativity and the dregs, and be a great way to reset the RAM. The moment you start writing, it’s almost like the bad juju gets sucked out of you. Write. Shut down. Reboot. Feel new.

Writing is just one form of reseting. whenever you are feeling down, moving your body, talking (to a friend or therapist or camera), manual labor or making things with your hands are also great mood lifters.

Move the body —> move the mind.

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Act, Reflect

The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Sometimes you just need to shut up and do it.

No excuses. Fear and uncertainty be d*mned.

Action breds momentum which un-gunks you everything holding you back. (Which, is usually ourselves.)

Act first, then reflect. Act, reflect. act, reflect. Acting moves your feet forward, self-reflection makes sure you are going the right way.

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Short & Sweet

There’s more to life than just what you do.

What we do is a reflection of who we are and what we desire in that moment. And who we are plays a big role in what we do.

The real question isn’t “what do you want to do?” Rather, it’s “who do you want to be? And what must you do today in order to make that happen?”

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“I should have”

Is the worst way to begin a sentence, or a thought process.
“Should have’s” are mental spiral and lead us nowhere we want to go.

The past is the past.

It can either be a lesson for us or a burden. But dwelling on what should or could have been isn’t as fruitful as focusing on what you can do NOW.

Turn your full attention to the present. Let no stone be unturned on your happiness and wellbeing. A life of meaning and worth is earned each day.

You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead, it’s important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages.

Michelle Obama

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Failure is Success

I’m always seeking goals that are just beyond my reach.
Just beyond my abilities or just beyond what I deem possible.

This would be a perfect time to drop the quote “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars”, but I’m not going too 😉

The problem — if we want to call it that — is the possibility is high that I’ll fail.
And if you are always aiming just beyond what’s possible, there’s a lot of failing upward that’s happening, which sucks in the moment. But some of my best lessons, my best outcomes, my best stories have come from failure. We learn more from failure than we do success. If you are constantly succeeding, everything becomes about YOU. What you are doing and how great you are at doing it. But each time you fail, you get the opportunity to wake up and pause and ask yourself questions. And in those questions you find more about who you are and what you want out of life more than any level of success can.

The goal, of course, is to succeed, but the outcome of failure can also be a success, if you look at in the right lighting.

There’s a lot of things that come easy in life, but goals shouldn’t be one of them.

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Curve Balls

Life is rarely straight as an arrow. Just because your path is misaligned doesn’t mean your are going in the wrong direction.

I’m sure I got this insight from someone smarter than me:

Life is a curved path. When you least expect it, it curves on you. But knowing that can make all the difference to your mindset going forward.

Nothing is a waste, unless we let it end because it’s not what we wanted or what we were hoping for. Even negative outcomes can have positive endings if you keep going, pick yourself up when you need to and keep pursuing what you love.

Nothing is assured either, but that’s okay too. It’s often the things we don’t expect that makes our lives the more interesting. Aim for your vision, your goals, but be open to where the path takes you. The worst thing we can do is complain and drag our feet the entire time along the way. Not only do we miss out on the lessons from the hard days, but we also miss out on the opportunity that fortune / chance / fate / God / The Universe (insert your own beliefs here) has in store for us.

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