Grumpy Pants

One thing I’ve learned about myself is I️ need space for Josh time to read, write and have space for thoughts without interruption.

I’d call myself an ambivert — outgoing introvert —  so that makes sense. Anytime I️ don’t make space for myself (like today) I️ start feeling frustrated and put on my grumpy pants.  I’m short, distant and an all-around Scrooge McDuck. It’s like I’m hangry, except I’m hangry for silence and books. 
Reading, Writing, Music, and Reflecting is how to replenish. I️ don’t mean to be a grumpy pants, but whenever I️ don’t make the space to recharge I️ start losing my sanity when I️ try to write or read with a steady stream of interruptions for everyone (and every dog) around me. Don’t get me wrong it’s not them — it’s me. The last thing I️ should be doing is trying to write at my grandparents while my sister is watching a Hallmark Christmas movie, my other sister is asking me for the WiFi password, my dog Ren is nosing me to play with her, and my mom is asking me questions.

But what’s a grumpy pants to do?
I️ don’t know if I️ have a great strategy to overcome the grump grumps, but here are two things I’m trying to improve upon:

1. Let go of what I can’t control.

Focus on only things you can control, and let go of what you can’t. What’s important to you is important, but it’s not as important as the time you can spend with your loved ones.

2. Make space for what’s important to me.

We tend to fill up idle time with todos. If it doesn’t get scheduled, it doesn’t happen. If you don’t *make* time for what’s important to you, you’re not going to have the time. (Extra free time won’t fall out of your 👖ss)

Certainly a work in progress for me, but necessary for myself and the sanity of those around me. Ha 🙂

Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner

Related Wisdom:

“Happiness and freedom begin with a clear understanding of one principle: Some things are within our control, and some things are not. It is only after you have faced up to this fundamental rule and learned to distinguish between what you can and can’t control that inner tranquility and outer effectiveness become possible.”Epictetus

Scare Yourself Everday

It’s not until you start doing the things you want to do but are terrified to do,

for the life of your dreams to explode into view.

 

Action Step: Scare Yourself Everyday 

Expand what you think is possible for your life.

The question you must ask yourself is

What am I scared of?

And then go step into that fear.

Personally, as bad as fear may feel, living life in a box of fear is even worse.

 

Here’s my fear list, what’s on yours?

Interviewing (keep doing it)

Public Speaking (classic)

Performing Music on Stage

Renaissance Video

Theater

Improv

Success

 

— Keep Pursuing,

Josh Waggoner  Renaissance Man.  April 26th 10:43PM EST, Chattanooga TN

Best You 365: Gratitude is Attitude

Preface

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Best You 365

Introduction

BY365 is about asking yourself the questions:

“How can I become my best self?”
“What does that mean to me personally?”
“How can I become a better person every single day?”
“And how can I help and enable people to do the same through my own actions and journey?”

 

today: Gratitude is Attitude

       
    When you find yourself seeking something more for yourself, it’s easy to get lost in the future and miss the good you already have given and receive every day. (believe me, I know) 

    To begin your journey to the best version of yourself possible, you must start by being grateful who you are right now, and what you have going for you already.

No matter what setbacks you are facing, I can assure you someone else out there has it worse.

Even at its most extreme feels, when has hating yourself ever worked out for someone?

We must learn from the mistakes and pain. Use them as drivers to embetter yourself and inspire others.

Becoming your best self is not about rejecting your old self. To move on to something bigger, you must be okay with who you are.
I mean, doesn’t the idea of accepting who you are — mistakes and all — sound like you are already becoming someone better?

Look @ me for example, here I am surrounded by privilege, living in the land of the free, home of the brave, but am I giving thanks every day for what I have?

Do I use my freedom to pursue bravery or am I just living within my fears?
Questions we should take the time to ask ourselves.

Gratitude is Attitude.
It’s something you bring to the table.
It’s a perspective you must practice.
It’s a lens that changes even the bad things that happen to you, to the good.
 

Practice

Gratitude Tips — There are many resources out there for gratitude, but here are some of my favorites to get you started:

1. Each morning, write down three things you’re most grateful for. It can be anything you want.

2. Before you talk to anyone, say ‘I love you’ in your mind to them. (Learned this from TF’s book, Tools of Titans.) You won’t believe how effective and mood-lifting this can be, even towards someone you dislike!

3. Practice frugality (like Marcus Aurelius, or Benjamin Franklin) for one day each month. Spend the smallest amount possible on food (eating rice and beans, or something like that), wear cheap clothes, even sleep on the floor. Not only does this make you grateful for what you have, but also reduces the anxiety of losing it all. Showing you it’s not that bad to have nothing.

4. Send a thank you note to someone. Write a letter, reach out. call someone. There’s nothing like gratitude than giving someone presence. It tells them,
‘I see you.’

5. Give a random person a compliment. Think of the last time someone did this to you. Doesn’t it immediately boost your mood for the day?

#KeepPursuing — Josh Waggoner

My Evening Routine (as of January 2017)

My last post was about my morning routine (you can check that out here.)

The first thing you need to know about routine is 

Your morning routine is only as good as your evening routine+

An ideal morning begins and ends with how you set up your evenings.

Here’s my current evening routine:

  • Try and be home @ around 9 to start winding down the night.
  • Turn my phone on Night Mode. (3 seconds)
  • Take a hot shower, run through the day’s events, and end with cold water. (10 min +)
  • Layout my clothes for the next day (reducing mental energy in the morning) (2 min)
  • Roll my legs using a mobility ball [goal: my leg flexibility is pathetic, the goals is to be able to bend my legs enough to be a base in Acroyoga] [note: I feel a noticeable difference in my legs when I wake up, compared to not doing mobility at night] (5 min +) 
  • Make a SleepyTime drink (2 Tbsp of Raw Local Honey + 2 Tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar [I use Braggs] + hot water in a mug mixed up) — This smells awful but is super tasty. It’ll knock you out real’ good too. (5 min. make time)
  • A glass of Calm Magnesium Supplement [This combined with the SleepyTime Drink is a one two punch ….zzzzzzzz] (1 min)
  • While I’m drinking my healthy version of a night cap, I’ll read a fiction book or a book that read like fiction (such as history or biographies) [current read:  Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson ] (Usually just until I finish my Sleepy Drink)
  • Teeth Health (3 min)
  • Get in bed, lay on a sleep acupressure mat [I use the Bulletproof Sleep Induction Mat] (10 min)
  • By this time I’m out. zzzzzzzzzzzz

Evening routine is about turning off and relaxing. You certainly don’t have to do what I do, but you do need to do what makes you feel at ease and turns off your todo-list-mind.

Rest is equally as important as effort, but also the easiest thing to neglect +

 

Sidenote

 I like to practice pushing my mental will capacity at night.

You know that feeling you get when you’re in bed and you forgot something and you HAVE to get up. Ugh!! I like to push myself by lingering in those moments. The easy choice is not, it’s saying no and going to bed anyway. But that’s not my M.O.

I like to think that if I linger in that desire to not do something, and by do it anyway, I’m expanding my willpower. 

Expand your capacity.

Linger in those moments of inaction, then train yourself to take action anyway. 

I have no way of testing this, but my discipline in taking action has never been sharper.

Ask yourself,

Q: How can I expand my willpower more when it feels depleted?

 

If you feel like you don’t have the time to have a evening routine, it’s time to give yourself the space to create one. Make it a game, do it with your significant other, your kids and or your friends.

#KeepPursing — Josh Waggoner

Q: What’s your Evening Routine?

(leave your answer in the comments below, if you feel the urge to share)

 

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My Morning Routine (as of January 2017)

“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” — Mark Twain

The goal of my morning routine is about creating space for ideas and creativity to happen.

Here’s my current morning routine:

  • Make Bed (1 min tops)
  • Meditate using the headspace app (20 min) headspace.com
  • Roll my legs using a mobility ball [goal: my leg flexibility is pathetic, the goals is to be able to bend my legs enough to be a base in Acroyoga] (5 min)
  • Go for a quick walk [Now Testing: Morning Walk for Energy and Focus] (10-15 min)
  • 5 Sun salutations [I think a cow could do yoga better than I can at the moment ha so it doesn’t have to be pretty. I’m about as bendable as a rock.]  (5 min) 
  • Make some bulletproof coffee [typically a mocha using Laird Hamiltons superfoods] (6 min)
  • Somewhere in this time frame, talk to my girlfriend on the phone (10+ min)
  • Five Minute Journal: gratitude, affirmations, and goals for the day (5 min)
  • Read and Write (40+ min)
  • Quick Shower, end with cold water (5 min)
  • And then get to it: Work on main project of the today for 90 – 160 minutes

Totaling to about an hour or two depending on the day.


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The key to a great morning routine is doing what makes you feel prepared for your day. It’s not about doing what I do specifically, or doing what others do — its doing what works for you.

By getting your mind, body and spirit right, you’ll find your work much easy to do and enjoyable (even if everything is imploding around you).

If you’re wondering, ‘how on earth do you have the josh darn time to do all of that?!’ the answer is I don’t — I had to create the time, otherwise I wouldn’t. I had to get up earlier, and be smarter about how I work.

Routine is a gift you have to give to yourself.

Otherwise someone or something else will give you a routine thats for themselves, not you.

Give yourself the time to cultivate yourself, and feel the benefit build every day.

If you feel like you don’t have the time to have a morning routine, it’s time to give yourself the space to create one.

#KeepPursing — Josh Waggoner

Q: So what’s your Morning Routine?

(leave your A’s in the comments below, if you feel called to share)

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related wisdom:

The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine.

Mike Murdock

Discipline equals freedom.

— Jocko Willink

However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.

— Winston Churchill