It’s been a productive week. My eldest son, Chance started school (pre-primary), I had 2 wisdom teeth pulled out, snuck in 2 mid-week gigs, 1 Skype singing lesson and recorded a new song idea. And so with Chance being kept busy 5 days a week 830-3pm, I’ve been given a whole lot of time back. I actually feel rich!
You see, we should see our time and energy as we see our money – even more precious, as time and energy spent can never be returned to you. Yet, so many people are willing to give up their precious time doing things they don’t enjoy for very small amounts of money or return.
Today I ask, What are you doing with your time and energy? and What would you rather be doing? If you find the two answers are far from each other then maybe it’s time to re-evaluate.
Believe it or not, not all people dread the idea of going to work. And I’m not just making reference to people who have exciting jobs and get paid a shitload of money. There are some people who love their job waiting tables, or driving a delivery van or doing someone’s taxes. And outside of this, there are some people who just haven’t found their ‘Happy’ yet.
The world is full of different and unique personalities and there is no standard one way road to happiness. And frankly, that’s because ‘happiness’ means something different to each and every one of us. So no, you don’t need to be rich to be happy, but you do need to be happy to feel enriched.
To my friends who plod along in life on auto-pilot feeling unhappy, apathetic and without purpose: It’s time to take a moment. Ask yourself what would you rather be doing. And then do it. Now… I don’t mean quit your job and start being a full time finger-painter because ‘I love finger-painting’ and then go broke and get homeless etc… Just take it in small steps. That time that you are throwing at people like its worthless, I say, hold on to some of it. Keep it for yourself. Just a few hours a week doing what you love to heal your heart and feed your soul. It will make such a difference in your life and could spark an idea for a project, and that project could later fit into a business model, and in taking little steps you might see value in dedicating more time to that ‘Happy’ and turn it into something that makes you money, directly or indirectly. Your ‘Happy could end up being your full time job — you could live on it! Wouldn’t that be amazing??
Well it’s not impossible. Some of us are just enslaved by our ideas about the ‘rules of life’. And we resign to the fact that our life is just about waking up and going to work for 40 hours to make someone else rich, just so we can pay bills and ask for permission to go on a holiday for 2 weeks, once a year. Shit! that sounds all sorts of crazy to me.
The Alternative? Put your happiness at the top of your priority list. Because happiness attracts all kinds of success. And happiness brings good health. Happiness fixes relationships. Happiness attracts customers. And happiness finds the right squad for you to hang out with.
But all change is difficult and scary for most, and it requires time and energy. So when dividing up that time and energy across your commitments, please reserve some of that energy for your ‘Happy’. If you think that you are too busy, then basically you’ve decided to settle for your current situation.
And if you don’t know where to start, who you are, what you like and what you should be doing, maybe I can help you.
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Finally I want to ask everyone to be thankful for the energy and time that others give to you, as I am thankful for the time you took to read this blog. Your time is not unlimited. Use it wisely!
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