Go Out of Your Way

“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”

― Jack Canfield,

What’s the difference between a person who leaves their grocery cart by their car after they unload, or a person who unloads and then takes it to the cart drop-off (or back to the store)?

Or the difference between someone who lift weights versus someone who doesn’t?

Or the difference between someone who draws and someone who say’s they suck at drawing?


James Clear calls this Identity-based Habits. (sidenote: I just picked up Atomic Habits, great read so far!) Our actions become parts of our identity. I’m the guy who takes the grocery cart back to the store—or—I’m the guy who’s too busy and needs to rush so I don’t take the grocery cart back to the store. Each one of these—and everything thing we do (or don’t do)—is a label we stick on ourselves that says “hello my name is ______, I’m a _______.” “hello I’m an artist”, “hello I’m generous”, “hello, I’m lazy!”

These labels are things we share with others, but mostly they are things we tell ourselves.

If you keep telling yourself you suck at drawing, then naturally you’ll be bad, and wont’ bother trying to get better (if you if desire you want to.)

“To be or to do? Which way will you go?” ― John Boyd

In order to be, we must do. It’s not enough to want to be a writer, or YouTuber, or to be charismatic, or resilient—we have to go out and do it.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1186

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