Category Archives: Self-Improvement

Boulders

  Tawmbout belief, gratitude, visualization. Buzzwords that I’ve typically spent a lot of time avoiding! Two days ago, while walking up to the Happies with Alex and Mae, I said in conversation how I’d like to focus on being a … Continue reading

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Rags to Riches; Belief

There’s no running from this anymore: My name is Joseph Clifford, and I am a king. There’s a lot I want to talk about in this post. Writing, life circumstances, dreams, commitments, wealth, finances, personal responsibility, and the difference between … Continue reading

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Media & Inspiration

I am trying very hard. They say that one only rises to the level of his or her expectations. That you’re only as good as the people you surround yourself with. That you are what you eat. I am trying … Continue reading

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The Call to Life, Pt. 2

Trying hard ain’t everything. When it comes to answering life’s call, there’s only one response: I will do it. I will be better, I will try harder. The immediacy of the call warrants this response. There is palpable tension that resides in … Continue reading

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How To Live (in this Shitshow)—Introduction

I. Living with Yourself II. Living in Society III. Living with Others The purpose of this book and the purpose of my life have long been one in the same. For the longest time I’ve been obsessed with the idea … Continue reading

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Walls of Resistance

“Your success is on the other side of the wall. Can’t jump over it, or go around it. You know what to do.” —The Rock Where does your success lie? Through the wall. Where do your dreams reside? Where is … Continue reading

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Habituation

I’ve long fancied the idea that, since we are all products of our environment, were our environment ever to change radically, we could become completely different people overnight. As you go about your day, think that you always open the … Continue reading

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On Veganism and Doing No Harm

Recently I’ve become vegan. It was a gradual change, starting with the desire to eat less meat, fueled by a discomfort towards opaque corporate practices; more specifically, towards the lack of transparency regarding food. I found out one of my friends had … Continue reading

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DO IT RIGHT NOW

I’ll cut to the chase: you will never get anything done unless you start doing it right now. This very moment. Immediately. I’m serious! Your intentions, your goals, the things you want to do or think about doing all the … Continue reading

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Oblivion and Understanding

In the beginning, we are given an impulse towards life, sent off like spinning tops with an initial velocity and rotation. Like tops, the paths that we carve out through space and time are largely determined by the initial force … Continue reading

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The Mantra

Every minute of every day I will make the choices which are right for me, and I will not fear the consequences, for I know they are a reflection of my truest self.

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The Body as Metaphor; Untying Knots

More Thich Nhat Hanh: There is a term in Buddhist psychology that can be translated as “internal formations,” “fetters,” or “knots.” When we have a sensory input, depending on how we receive it, a knot may be tied in us. … Continue reading

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On Discomfort

There was one major experience in my life that helped turn my perception around. In the summer of 2010, my life revolved around Super Smash Bros. I played every day, listening to music for hours on end and clacking away … Continue reading

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On Comfort

In Peace is Every Step, Thich Nhat Hanh describes walking meditation: “Although we walk all the time, our walking is usually more like running. When we walk like that, we print anxiety and sorrow on the Earth. We have to walk … Continue reading

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Three Simple Rules for Changing Yourself

I can’t say it enough: Say yes to the right things, so no to the wrong things, and do it as soon as possible. This one sentence is a moral compass you can use for the rest of your life. … Continue reading

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Creating Positivity: the “Yes” Inside

Awhile ago, when I was slacklining in Santa Cruz, the topic of psychedelics came up. A few people I know took acid and went to a nice nature spot to enjoy themselves. One of them, a friend of a friend … Continue reading

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The Perma-Stoke

As the years have come and gone, imparting me with new knowledge and experiences, my life’s goal has become increasingly clear: to achieve the elusive perma-stoke. It’s self explanatory. To be perma-stoked is to be stoked as hell, permanently. Take … Continue reading

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Burying vs Immersion

Whatever I’m doing, I like to immerse myself in it. Sometimes, if I’m in a particular mood, I’ll bury myself. Although they both imply focus, they’re not the same! One is like swimming around underwater, and the other is like … Continue reading

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Long time no see

Hey everybody. I’ve been timid, and for that I apologize. Change is the scariest thing in the world; sometime around the turn of the new year, I felt myself changing, and I got scared. So I stopped writing, talking to … Continue reading

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Words of Encouragement

hey everybody I just wanted to say that I love you all. Each of you is beautiful, amazing, funny, awesome, and the world would be much worse if you weren’t around. Don’t do shitty, stupid things to yourself, because you … Continue reading

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Note to Self

I took some time out yesterday to make this reminder for myself, and it lives on my computer desk now. If you’ve been thinking about something, forget about any distractions and just do it. It’s really that simple. If it’s … Continue reading

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Loving Your Life and Cherishing Others

About a week ago, I got an email from my uncle. I read it in the morning, and I cried. I read it again that night, and I cried again. Two hours later, I set up this website. To know … Continue reading

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