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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Always in Transition

“Change your thoughts and you change your world.”

Norman Vincent Peale

The last two years have been a whirlwind for me. Some moments where good, others not so much. It’s hard to not let the bad moments crowd out the good ones. But I know that it is possible to have an optimistic perspective on life. I’ve been slowly walking this path towards a realistic optimism this past year. The kind of optimism that allows you to learn from the bad, but not let the bad control you.

Life is always in motion, we just so happen to be living in it and it’s difficult to notice. The earth spins. The sun dances with energy. We age chronologically and biologically. Technology is certainly changing.

And whether we like it or not, we change too.

The people who reach success and joy in life are the ones who see change for what it is and take advantage of it. Change is our ultimate chance to do something that matters and grow. Change gives us the opportunity to be better. And as long as we’re still breathing, we’re still changing.

And because life is messy and sometimes difficult, so good moments will eventually transition into hard moments and then eventually back to good. Which is nice to know, especially when you are going through mud and tears. As long as we can persist and strive towards a better tomorrow today, change will take us somewhere exciting.

The tool that cuts through the emotional rollercoaster of life’s ups and downs is our perspective. In a way, perspective is also a chance for change. If we can learn to look at difficult moments and see possibility, and slow down to see the lessons from our failures and fears, then we will be able to thrive in whatever situation / opportunity that comes our way.

There’s two sides to every coin. For every tails, there’s a heads. Each problem* has an opportunity, we just have to flip our head over to see it. (*Or swap problem for doubt, fear, complaining and negativity.)

It’s not easy, but once you switch your mindset to possibility, it becomes easy.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #686


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