So if you’ve been following along for the past week, today is Day 8 of the 30 Day Blog Challenge, presented by Natalie Sisson, author of The Suitcase Entrepreneur. The purpose of which is to teach us how to create the lifestyle of your dreams, by building a successful online business. Natalie is pulling out all the stops to teach us, step-by-step, the exact formula which she used to build her online business.
One thing that I’ve learned is that reality is shaped by our dreams, and what we choose to focus upon. Generally speaking, people who focus on the negative, and who subject themselves to a lot of negative self-talk, will live less enjoyable lives than people who focus on the positive, and who practice positive self-talk, it’s just a simple truth.
Over the past week, we’ve spent some time reflecting on our goals and dreams, and considering the deeper reasons for why we do the things that we do, especially as they apply to our career paths. Now it’s time to just relax, enjoy the day, and celebrate the fact that we’ve done a great job of looking within ourselves in search of the answers and guidance which will help us create the life and lifestyle that we desire.
Far too often, people become so focused on achieving their goals and dreams, that they forget to take time for themselves, and to spend time with the people who they love… then one day they are suddenly surprised to find themselves alone, or discover that other pieces of their lives are out of balance.
An easy way to maintain the balance between our personal and work lives, is to dedicate a specific block of time to work, and then focus on family, friends and ourselves when work time is over. And a really good way to ensure that you do this if you’re married or living with somebody, is to turn off your cell phone, or set it on silent, when you get home at night.
And don’t forget to take time for yourself, schedule some time to workout, go for a walk, take a bubble bath (okay, do that with your significant other, it’s more fun!) and every 4 – 6 weeks, make it a point to get away from the house and go somewhere to just unwind… I make it a habit to book a hotel a few hours from where I live every couple of weeks, just to explore a new area and keep things fresh. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on getting away either, you can always go camping, or take a day trip to the coast, or the forest, you get the idea, just get in the habit of learning how to celebrate life!