I’m Taking a Learning Vacation — You Should Too

“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”  — Walt Disney

Jan 18th

I could feel the stress flowing down my back,

like a waterfall too powerful to sit under without breaking you eventually.

I was zapped, emotionally and physically. And doing my damnedest to not tear up because of my current set of obstacles. 

There’s was a physical heaviness weighing down my mind. Pessimistic thoughts were attacking me at all angles. It took all of my effort to not let the negative thoughts take control of the driver’s seat, but their barrage was paralyzing me. When things get bad, my mind cops by going numbI refuse to let it.

The difficultly of finding new clients and work, plus the lack of physical energy to do so and the pain of an old injury was doing a number on me. A one, two, three knockout of setbacks that were feeding each other.

I didn’t want ‘tired, broke, and empty’ to be the title of my autobiography.

Something has to change!, I screamed within.


Jan 19th

My mind is more clear than it’s been for months.

I’m not making enough, but that shouldn’t stop me from creating and pursuing what’s important to me.

I’m still tired, but I feel good.

My neck hurts, but I can help it by moving more.

Why the sudden change? What gives Josh?!

 

I’ve decided to focus on the possibilities and benefits of my setbacks, instead of dwelling on the downsides.

I’ve decided to choose health first.

I’ve decided to take a learning vacation.

And I’ve the liberty of taking a vacation from myself. I’m free.

I’ve let myself out of the cage that I helped build.

Because believe it or not, I was holding the key.

Just as you might be with your own cage.

Often times, the only thing holding you back from opportunity is yourself.

We get in our own way.

Q: How are you holding yourself back?

FEAR of Failure? ha no problem. I’m on vacation, you can’t scare me.

Feeling Stressed? not anymore. Vacation baby!

Feeling Stuck? you’ve got plenty of time to unstuck yourself now!

 

Okay okay, sure — I’m basically tricking myself — I’m still working. Still looking for clients. Still connecting, writing, design and a bucket-load of other things.

But my mindset has completely changed.

I’m looking up instead of looking down.

I’m not looking at the problems, I’m looking around them.

The only thing that’s changed is my perspective.

I’m still doing the work. I’m not slothing around. I’m not just doing whatever the wind tells me. But there’s a massive difference in my mindset.

Now that I’m out of my own way, I can do what I do, but better and more effectively.

 

My Learning Vacation Itinerary

  • Hone my design & developer skills.
  • Mastery the Art of the Interviewing for my podcasts.
  • Redesign renaissancemanlife.com      (Jan 28th: check!)
  • Start a Mastermind circle organization: Avants.
  • Learn about money, selling, online business
  • Find new clients, and have fun doing it.
  • Connect with interesting people in my city (Chattanooga) and online. Be a part of something bigger

 

Set sail on the S. S. Learning Vacation. Are you on board?

Tell me what you think in the comments below

related wisdom

Life is not waiting for the storm to pass, its dancing in the rain.

— Vivian Greene

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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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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How to Love Each Day: Do One Thing You Enjoy

VIBRANT002: How to Love Each Day — Do One Thing You Enjoy

Do you feel tired all the time?

Stressed? Discouraged? Frustrated? Overwhelmed?

If you’re not feeling VIBRANT the majority of the time then something’s off with your lifestyle.

DO ONE THING YOU LOVE EACH DAY THAT GIVES YOU ENERGY +

Times of stress, challenge, and difficulty are a part of life, but that doesn’t mean we should live in a perpetual state of discouragement or flight-or-fight mode!

Feeling lackluster could be a host of different things, and it’s not something easy to find (believe me I know). What I do know is that adding more joy to your day will help, even in the smallest of ways.

Small wins can make your day. Even if everything is a suck-fest, at least you can look back and say, ‘At least I did something I love’.

Start Loving your day by doing something that gives you energy. (and I don’t mean coffee :P)

 

Love listening or playing music?  Make sure you do every day.

Enjoy dancing? Well… Dance Baby*!

*Dirty Dancing Reference Duuuh

Does having a conversation with someone gets you jazzed? Then by all means.

Joy isn’t a state. It’s a habit. 

Find small nudges that gives you energy and push you towards a positive mindset.

Brighten your day by doing at least one thing you love each day.

Reclaim your energy, fuel your life +

— Josh Waggoner

 

disclaimer: I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on tv. If you want medical advice, find a doctor. V I B R A N T is my way of focusing on energy, and striving for a thriving, happy life.

related wisdom

Where there is love there is life.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.

— Joseph Campbell

Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.

— Helen Keller