How to Change

“Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

You’ve probably heard the phrase you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with” a million times. It’s true, spend any amount of time with new co-workers, groups, or friends and you’ll start picking up their mannerisms, perspectives and habits (for better or worse).

Change can come from anywhere. It can greet you from a stranger on the street, it can hit you like a brick from the turn of a page. But change doesn’t have to be something that happens to you — a chance encounter, a brush with failure. Change can start with you. All you have to do is want it enough (or get fed up enough) to go do it.

Action is what leads to change.

Desire and belief in yourself are massively important to making your move effective and making change stick, but without action, nothing happens.

What kind of person do you want to be, the kind that does what he/she says, or only wishes she/he would?

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #797

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Why Do It?

If no one read my writing, listened to my songs or podcasts, would I still do them?

110%

Just getting by is not enough for me. Excellence is the only way for me — that’s who I’ve decided to be.

I must create and challenge myself. otherwise I think I would go crazy.

I create because I love the journey, and the progress of learning something for the first time and experiencing growth in each step you take.

If you are not saying 110%, then you should probably say no. 

And if you aren’t loving what you’re doing (or doing something you meh on in order to build up to doing something you love), then you should definitely say no.

Stay BOLD, Keep pursuing,

And wherever you are on your journey, keep smiling 🙂

 — Josh Waggoner

Giving Into Easy

I go through dips in my life where I just want to give up. (Why am I doing this? How could I possibly think I — of all people — can make a difference.) I fall into a haze of self-pity and frustration in myself.

But then I catch myself. (I’m giving into easy again.)

Feelings of frustration and angst are a natural part of pursuing a difficult goal.

It’s easier to give in to watching people talk about growing your business on YouTube than it is to take action on your own business.

It’s easier to get caught up in the news (I need to stay ‘informed’ because I said so) than it is to go for a walk or have deep conversations with loved ones.

It’s easier to stick with the status quo than to challenge your comfort zone and get into your discomfort zone.

It’s easier to be in the crowd than it is to be on stage.

It’s easier to let things slide than to keep them together.

It’s easier to say nothing, do nothing, and be nothing than be something.

Easy will always be an option we can make at any crossroads.

There will always be easier things we can do, and even more, easier things to do after that, but easy won’t change your life or get you where you want to go.

Never Give Into Easy.

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Easy isn’t going to make your dreams happen.

Easy isn’t going to change you.

Easy isn’t going to make your life extraordinary.

Extraordinary takes effort. (which sounds like hard work.. because it is — and it’s worth it)

Never give in to easy, when your mind, body and spirt whispers easy, stop and do the opposite.

Do The Opposite.

Work hard. Make decision. Learn from failures. Ask. Apologize. Do something.

Something is always better than nothing.

Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner