Shhh

“The best part about being alone is that you really don’t have to answer to anybody. You do what you want.”

Justin Timberlake

How much time in any given day do you spend un-distractedly alone?

No phone, no tv, no people…. just you, yourself and you.

One of the best ways to get to know yourself (and what you want for your life) is practicing the art of being alone.

If you started lip-sweating at the thought of being alone, then you might be a people person.
Five minutes to yourself, and you’re texting your friends about doing something. Of course, nothing is wrong with spending time with people you love (it’s an essential part of cultivating a meaningful life). However, fearing along time is a great way to ignore yourself and who you want to be, which can lead you to saying yes and taking turns in life that you don’t want.

Because sometimes (often) we do things that goes against what we really want. Our hearts and minds say one thing, but our body does another. The more in-sync (NSYNC) you are with your mind, emotions, spirit and body, the greater your ability to act with gusto on your dreams and desires in life. Solitude is a great tool for this.

Solitude is also a great way to uncover problems in areas of life that are bothering you, which opens up a dialogue with yourself to find the next steps to resolve them. Problems in life usually start out like a leaky faucet, hardly noticeable at first — drip, drip — but overtime — drip drip drip — quickly overtake your life and flood your apartment.

When things go wrong, I turn to friends, but I also spend a lot of time in solitude, listening and checking in with what’s wrong, what’s missing and what I can do next to start to fix it.

There’s nothing quite like sitting down to a blank sheet of printer paper and giving yourself all the solitude and time you need to fill it.

We often know what we want, know what we are doing wrong, know what’s the problem and the solution, but we aren’t listening to ourselves long enough to hear it.

Spend some time alone today.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner

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Solitude

There’s a random quote from Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) in the Tron: Legacy sequel where he, Quorra (Olivia Wilde) and his son Sam (Garrett Hedlund) are riding on some crazy sky train and he ends a discussion with the Zen phrase: “The old man’s gonna knock on the sky, listen to the sound.”

I’m driving down to Atlanta today to ‘knock on the sky’ and get some distance away from my normal, and give myself some time to think and clarify my goals as well as problems that have been biting me in the @ss this year.

It’s a little dramatic to drive an hour and a half (plus the same time back) to be alone with myself, but I find that I have the best ideas and ability to think when I switch locations and disrupt the flow of my normal habits and routines at home.

I find it good to regularly spend some time in solitude to check in with myself and assess how I’m doing, what I like and what I dislike about what I’m doing, and find key takeaways that I can immediately take action on.

There’s also some big projects I’ve been dipping my toes into, and big ideas I want to do that need some strategy and thought.

I’m not expecting to completely change my life in a day, or get everything done I want done, but I do want to set the foundation for how I can make my days align with my priorities.

I’m not sure If I’ll report back immediately on this blog, but you’ll likely see pieces of things in the following posts.

I”ll likely just end up buying a notebook I don’t need from Ponce Market, and eat good food, but if all else fails, at least I’ll have that to look forward to 🙂

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner

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