Intent is Powerful…

But not so much if we tell everyone about it. The power doesn’t come from speaking about it. The power comes from the energy (purpose/why/drive/desire) behind it.

When we talk about things we are going to do, we’re setting ourselves up for potential failure.

It’s not that we are lying when we say what our intent is. The problem is just because we say it, doesn’t mean it will happen. Plus there’s a lot of setbacks (usually out of our control) that can distract and get in the way of doing what we say.

Having the public accountability could give us the butt fire we need to follow through, but it could also leave us publicly displaying how bad we are at following through sometimes — even with every intention of doing it well.

Better to let our intention speak through our actions.

Better to only talk about things we are doing or have done.

“The smallest deed is better than the greatest intention.”

John Burroughs

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #830

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A Great Day Checklist

What are the boxes I need to check to make today great?

1. Be Intentional: Don’t just go through the motions — fall in love with the process each day.

Habits are enduring, but to make them net positive they don’t need to be mindless. 

Fall in love with reading again each time I read.

Fall in love with mediation today.

Fall in love with what you love over and over.

2. Be BOLD: step out of the normal and into the uncomfortable, 

Do something that scares me, take on new challenges, take planned risks.

3. Be Original: Use my creativity to write, design, play and solve problems I set my mind to.

4. A warm mug of something (Matcha, Turmeric, Chai) and an hour or so with my thoughts and a book (or two).

5. Intentional time with Gabriella.

Spontaneity, or time to just be.

6. Move: do some yoga poses, go for a walk (by myself, with others, walking meetings), exercise (work on my body, sprint, do calisthenics: pushups, burpees) and make time for play.

7. Cherish friends and family.

Call at least 1 friend.

8. Mind: learn, train the mind, write down 10 idea every day, read, leave room for negative space, mediate, refuel my mind.

9. Body: Eat well, move (see above) hydrate, skin / hair care, focus on developing my body.

10. Spirit: Focus on what truly matters to me, connect with others, focus on meaning and fulfillment.

11. Daily creatives: Blog every day, write for nonfiction and fiction books, journal, design, play music, code day. Make time for each pursuit I’m developing.

12. Negative Space: time blocked off where I’m doing nothing. Leaving space for my mind to imagine, wonder and replenish.

 

Q: What does a great day look like to you?

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner

 

 

Be Intentional

How do you become a writer?
A designer?

Musician, Dancer, Speaker?
A better friend, connector, brother/sister?

How do I align my words with my actions?

Show up.

Even if you don’t want too (especially if you don’t want to) Because when you show up you’re telling the world — and more importantly yourself — that you are serious.

Sometimes I write a motivational blog post like this and feel like I’m just reiterating ideas with different words. Same message, different day. But really I’m reminding myself of my values and why it’s important to live intentionally.

Do you ever catch yourself scrolling through Instagram or the web while you’re surrounded by friends or family? I could be right next to them, yet a million miles away. It’s easy to notice this pattern once someone tells you, If fact, you’ll probably start seeing it everywhere now. Parents ‘playing’ with their kids, while they’re on their phone, Couples on their devices at dinner, and on and on. The technology itself isn’t bad (in fact it’s incredible we’ve come so far!) it just depends on the context. And being a design and developer, I know most apps are created to be as addicting as possible. That way you’ll keep using it.

Are you using it, or is it using you?

One principle of a Renaissance Life is living intentionally.

Living intentionally means giving all of your attention on what you’re focusing on. 

It means having plans for what is important to you and giving your time and attention to them every day. Intentionality is the opposite of phoning i­t­ in. It’s being active in your decisions vs. being passive. It’s knowing your macro while narrowing in on the micro (which will lead to the macro).

What does this look like?

Intentionally friendships are based on respect, deep connections, and care.

An intentional relationship is knowing your person and his or her needs. It’s being spontaneous and affectionate with all of your beings. 

Intentional work is knowing when you’re doing too much, knowing when to say yes and no, and caring for your customers, clients, and employees as if they were you.

The more intentionally we are, the more happier and capable we will be.

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner

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