Surfing. Skateboarding. Skiing. Living. It’s all about balance. Sometimes in the middle of chaos we need to remember how to stay balanced and decipher what is important and what’s not in that moment.
1. Be flexible and easy on yourself. We only have 24 hours in the day. Find the 5 things that are most important to you to get done and, if you do them, pat yourself on the back. If you don’t, pat yourself on the back and give yourself a hug. Some stuff is just not going to crossed off the list. Think back to ALL the things you have done in that day, week, month and where you have come from. Take a moment to enjoy a sense of accomplishment and happiness that you are being productive and making progress.
2. Remember “no” is a complete sentence. No one likes saying no but, to achieve balance, you are going to have to whip out the negatory word once in a while and understand that NO EXPLANATION is needed. This is something I struggle with but we cannot possibly do everything that we want to do and that everyone else wants us to do. Protect your priorities, protect your sanity, protect yourself. You cannot be a compass to anyone if you are too overwhelmed to see straight. When requests or needs pop up, ask yourself: what feeling is this going to give me if I accept? It should be happiness and accomplishment. If it won’t: what is the worst case scenario if I say no? Chances are everyone will be okay.
3. Make time for salt water. Dance hard. Swim long. Run fast. Watch a funny YouTube clip that makes you laugh so hard you CRY. Sometime the best thing you can do to weather the stormy waters is do a big ol’ cannonball into them and feel the rush of the ocean. Step away from the to do list for a moment: enjoy the live you’ve built and working so hard for. Take a moment to put things into perspective. Life is a balancing act and, with the right mindset, the most epic ride you can imagine.
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