Attention Span of a Dog

Today, while Gabriella and I were recording a podcast, our dog Ren was playing in the kitchen. She had literally all of her toys out. The half-eaten toys were scattered around her like a war-torn battlefield (cotton guts everywhere).

She was having a ball (literally and figuratively … 🌈 dad joke #1 🌈 ) and I couldn’t help but relate to her to my own life. She would jump from one toy to the next, without being able to decide to play with just one. 

β€œShe’s doing what I do with ideas.” 

I have so many things I want to do and accomplish, and so many ideas I want to actualize that I tend to choose too much at once, overwhelm myself and make no progress on anything.

When it comes to working and reaching for goals and building a better life for yourself, it’s easy to never get anything done because you never prioritize what’s important to you. 

You pick up one squeaker toy after another without realizing it nor making in progress on anything.

But to make true progress happen in life, to turn your dream into reality,  you have to learn when to say yes and when to say no.

The greatest figures in our history achieved greatness by focusing on one thing until proficient before moving on to something else.

What gets prioritized gets accomplished.

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

β€” Josh Waggoner

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“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” β€” Stephen Covey

On The Rise: A Mantra for a Meaningful Life

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On The Rise

Up before the morning rays,

coffee in hand,

salutations and praise,

gratitude for another day β€” 

On The Rise.

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Mind right,

path is straight β€”β€Ί

Action this day says

small steps lead to big change β€”

On The Rise.

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Shoulders of giants, 

the less you’ll mistake

failure is bad

when it stops you in place β€”

On The Rise.

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Better together,

words, wit and stone

cherish your tribe

you get what you sow β€”

On The Rise.

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Mastery in momentum,

habit is a verb

how you do the small

defines it all β€”

On The Rise.

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Focus in to begin

Think sideways to win,

Rome was built one moment at a time

Thoughts are your direction β€”

On The Rise.

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Master of all,

jack nothin’ agrees.

Master of few,

one, two, then three.

Priority of mind is a renaissance life β€” 

On The Rise.

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Reflect on the good,

learn from the rest

checkin daily, monthly at best 

what gets measured is put to the test β€”

On The Rise.

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Rest is equally important,

but the easiest to neglect.

Investment in health

is a long-young road of success β€”

On The Rise.

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Are you living or just doing?

Are you challenging and pursing?

Are you asking? Are you improving?

Questions are lightning rods to achievement β€”

On The Rise. On The Rise.

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Etch this in heart, mind and soul,

sing, share and wear it,

make it better, make it your own

Life is about creating β€” 

On The Rise, On The Rise, On The Rise.

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#KeepPursuing β€” Josh Waggoner, Feb 7th 2017

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I’m Taking a Learning Vacation β€” 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.”  β€” 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 numb β€” I 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?!

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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!

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Okay okay, sure β€” I’m basically tricking myself β€” 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.

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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

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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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Focus In

Focus means giving our attention to something.

Whether that attention is undivided determine how well we’ll do.

We all have many things we must / want to do, but trying to do them all at once doesn’t lead to progress.

We must give our full attention to the task at hand.

Dedicate 100% of your focus to what you’re doing, within the time you have given

β€” focus in. 

Success is a string of tasks and trials we’ve given our full attention to. We succeed because we focus.

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By focusing in,

we narrow our perspective

and give time and energy to cultivate each priority.

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Picture yourself as a master juggler.

You can juggle many things, but each must pass within your hands, one at a time.

People create the illusion of doing many things, but in actuality they’re giving all of their focus on one thing at a time. 

Focus in towards a better you. You’ll find your brilliance.

related

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” β€” Socrates

#KeepPursuing,
xoxo Josh Waggoner

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Conquer Your Dreams

Let’s face it β€”

most of us can’t give 100% of our time and energy

towards our dreams β€” We have obligations (be that financially and/or socially).

Fine then β€”

We’ll just have to be smarter if we want to conquer our dreams.

(aka we’ll have to be brilliant)

To succeed, We’ll need β€”

Priority  β€” We need to make time to make our dreams happen.

Intention β€” We must know what we want, and what the end goal looks like.

Focus β€” during the time we make, we need to give 100% focus on the task. No distractions, no interruptions β€” just focus.

Consistency β€” as in Daily Action Steps β€” clearly defined next steps we can take. Small actions allowing us to chip away at dreams.

Small Actions lead to big change.

Steadfast β€” It’s a long road to overnight success. Perseverance is key.

We must be relentless in our pursuits.

related:

“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” β€” Confucius

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“If you can dream it you can do it.” β€” Walt Disney

#KeepPursuing,
xoxo Josh Waggoner

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