The past few weeks have been tricky, returning to school full time to study for a Masters in Psychology with an emphasis on Life Coaching. Making extreme changes to my diet to improve my running results, and of course working 55 hours week at night while trying to build my personal brand during the day.
As you can imagine not everything worked out. Running suffered with the dietary changes until I watched a short video from an excellent running coach on Twitter.
Kyle Kranz @kyle_j_kranz is an awesome guy with a ton of knowledge, education, and most of all experience. This one video helped me change my perspective on my diet and made me realize that I have to do what is right for me and for my body. The results were amazing, not only did I feel happier and have more energy but I also had more fuel to run with.
School also cut into my training schedule and enthusiasm for running as well as my ability to all the things I need to do for my business like writing this post (what I really love doing).
Adding new things to your life to accomplish your goals comes with sacrifice. However these don’t have to be permeant or even a complete sacrifices. Here are the top 3 ways I have learned to add balance in all of my activities rather than sacrifice.
- Accept; that the new thing is going to be disruptive and cut into the time allotted to other things this may include recreation time (ie. Netflix marathons). Realizing that your long term goal is greater than short term pleasure will allow you to appreciate the pleasure when you’ve accomplished the goal. ***NOTE*** sacrificing time that you spend with other especially family should NOT be part of this sacrifice, those are appointment times that should not waiver because they are paramount to your success.
- Forgive; realizing that you are outperforming a previous version of yourself should give you the ability to forgive yourself for what is not getting done, or what may need to be trimmed or cut temporary. In my example of eating I realized I am doing a lot of high-level thinking that requires a lot more sugar then if I was just training for a marathon. As much as I wanted to cut all sugar and carbs from my diet because that’s what everyone who is achieving great results is doing that isn’t right for me. My activities that require so much more from me including that extra level of enthusiasm. Forgiving myself for not doing what all of my heroes and mentors are doing boosted my happiness, energy, and excitement, to do things I need to do and the things I love.
- Breath; there is no way I would be able to accomplish as many thing as I do everyday if weren’t for my meditation practice. I spend 20 minutes every day creating time by paying attention to my breath. I practice a meditation called Sudarshan Kriya Yoga (SKY Meditation). The more thing you add to your schedule the more tendency there is to hold your breath, before you know it your holding your breath until you explode or die. Subconsciously holding your breath leads to higher levels of stress which is counter productive to productivity. Holding your breath can contributes to illness and disease which is really counter productive to productivity. It may seem counter intuitive to add 15- 20 minutes of breathing to an already busy schedule but I promise you that if you try it for 30 days you will be amazed at how much more you can get done. A reporter who was following Gandhi once asked him how he was able to meditate 2 time a day when he was so busy and what he did when his schedule was overloaded and didn’t’t allow for that time to breath. His answer was that on the days when the schedule was overloaded to the point of cutting into his meditation time he would meditate 3 times that day.
The most important thing I hope to have said here today is how important it is to be nice to yourself especially in the pursuit of your goals. I hope I have conveyed the importance of acceptance of new tasks to an already busy schedule knowing that the pay off is going to be monumentally greater then a few extra hours of T.V. but not greater than time spent with family and friends. I hope that you can see the importance to forgive yourself during these periods of extreme growth that it’s more than ok not to be perfect. Finally that you remember what you are doing this all for, to create a better life for yourself and those you love so it’s paramount that you love yourself enough to breath.
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