It’s Tuesday … and I should be posting all-the-way-Tuesday inspiration. But I missed my Motivation Monday post yesterday and truth is, I need it! Not just because the wind chill is 0 this morning and I’m not a fan of cold. And not just because it’s my slow season and I always get a little stressed out during my slow season. And certainly not because I have some big decisions to make this week. (I’d rather take a long walk in the 0-degree weather than make big decisions.)
As I look to tackle all those things this week, I first need to take a moment to breathe and remember the B word: BALANCE.
I’m easily pumped up and motivated. If I read a book in which the author details a smart way to get from A to Z, I’ll snap that book shut and go to work with zeal. I’ll work hard. I’ll focus. And focus. And focus. This is good, of course. But the problem with hyper focus is that you start missing out on other things.
I remember reading about a little experiment that goes something like this: close your eyes. Reopen them and for 10 seconds, count how many brown things are in your room.
How many are there?
Ok, now many pink things are there?
Hmm … you might not know. Not because they weren’t there … but because you were focused on the brown objects so you didn’t pay attention to the pink ones.
This, of course, just illustrates the power of focus. It can be a wonderful thing if you want nothing but brown in your life. But wouldn’t life be just a bit better with some pink, purple, and yellow mixed in, too?
So today I’m focusing on not just one but TWO reminders.
Some people deny when a problem in their life or business exists. I don’t. I see it square on. Yay, me. But here’s the problem: I tend to run away from it : ) Really fast, too. I’m the queen of avoidance. So today I needed to be reminded that the only way to grow is to step up into what may be some very uncomfortable situations this week and GET. IT. DONE.
But as I’m slapping my face, jumping up and down and attempting to enter into get-her-done beast mode, I need to also
remember this …
While I’m diving head first (alright, it will probably be feet first) into my uncomfort zones this week, I also need to remember to laugh, skip, eat chocolate, cut myself some slack, call a friend, paint a picture, and wander around in the woods a bit, too. And it’s even ok (preferable, actually) if I smile my way through each and every failure that may come my way this week.
So there you have it: my attempt at balance for the week. Care to share any wise ideas on how you keep motivated and balanced at the same time? I need all the help I can get!
Kate Callahan is an on-location child and family photographer based out of Hyde Park, NY in the beautiful Hudson Valley. She also works with clients in Delaware and the surrounding tri-state area.