It’s really easy to get caught in the hamster wheel. In this post I am going to give you my take on how I manage to keep balance when life seems to pull me away from what’s truly important. First, I’d like to identify what “truly important” is for me, as it’ll likely be at least a little bit different for you and I have found over time that not everyone values the same sorts of things in the same sorts of ways.

What’s “truly important”?

For me, happiness. Sounds cliche maybe, but this is so important to how I live my life. I have learned that there’s absolutely no point in doing something I’m not pumped about. I won’t put in the same amount of effort and thus the job is sacrificed. Waste of everyone’s time. Happiness is key. When I am happy, I succeed. I create, I love, I share. That’s the byproduct of happiness. For me at least. I like to go play. What’s truly important to you?

How do I manage to keep what’s truly important balanced with the rest of life’s shit?

There are three key areas I tend to focus on to maintain structure and balance in life so as to avoid letting myself feel like I want to set my car on fire. here’s what works for me.

  1. Create – I tend to be very analytical throughout my work day. Crunching numbers, designing programs based off of science and math prociples, projecting growth and expansion of my start up…. in order to get out of that headspace I need the opposite. I’m a musician. I write and create and arrange music. I also write a lot (two works are in the process). Blogs, poetry, songs, articles. You name it. It’s an outlet. Without my creative juices flowing, I believe I wouldn’t be as focused on hitting my analytical targets through out the day. So,if you find yourself reading this and going “Oh.. yeah.. that sounds  like my day..” pick up a book, pen, pencil, guitar, paintbrush or otherwise and get to it! Your mind is your craft. Let it set sail!
  2. Love – This one is simple. Take time out of your day to be thankful for things and people that you truly love. The stuff in your life that empowers you to become better, the people that support your art, your vision, your being. Give back that love. For me, it’s as simple as playing with my puppy Darwin. The thing about dogs is that they love you unconditionally. Whether you are in a good mood, bad mood or indifferent. They’ll come running at you like it is the only thing in the world. Live like that dog to the rest of the people around you. Embrace it. Darwin always cheers me up with his whimsical mind and playful exuberance. It’s something I try to replicate because I see how much joy it brings others. The least I can do is show him the time of day to let him know I appreciate his company and loyalty. This goes the same to friends, family and significant others. Give them the time of day and let them know that you love them. They probably know that, ad if they’re like mine they’ll say something to the effect of “well, yeah, duh..” but still, it’ll feel good.
  3. Share – “What I got you gotta give it to your momma” -Anthony Keidis, Red Hot Chili Peppers “Give it Away”

This song is the epitome of what I mean. When you have something that can be better used by someone else, or many other people for example, knowledge… I can’t stress enough how crucial it is to share. This, for me anyways really helps me feel like I am doing my part to make the planet a little bit better. Whether it’s passing along some tips on nutrition, spending an extra 5 minutes just hanging out with an old friend or maybe letting  someone keep the jacket I leant them (as the story goes in the aforementioned song…).

These are my keys to keeping balance. This is your Motivation Monday post. Please, if you dig this post, share. Let me know what things you incorporate into your daily living to keep balance. And go play today. You don’t have to be a rock star to start, but you have to start in order to become a rock star.

Mike

 

 

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