I wish I could say I greet ever day with expectation and enthusiasm, but lately it’s felt like hitting play on a track that’s stuck on repeat. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very grateful for the life I have, but there’s a mind-numbing monotony that creeps in when you fail to maintain the balance a fulfilling life requires.
I started a new career in December of 2019. Building a business from scratch carries a unique set of challenges and demands, especially in the beginning. It also brings with it a temptation to let your priorities get out of whack and cherished aspects of your personal life to take a back seat to the more pressing matters of building momentum.
I’ve taken off one time since December of last year to move houses, but other than that, it’s been all work. I don’t say that as self-admonition. In fact, I say it as a confession, because one of my core convictions lies in the principle of properly prioritizing your life. There’s a rhythm that must exist to sustain any form of long-term effort and commitment.
“Burnout” is a term I think comes to mind not when someone has a job they’re tired of but when life’s balance has tipped to an unhealthy place, where some of the most life-giving aspects of our existence are reserved for a couple brief moments of time throughout the year when we are allowed (or let ourselves) take them.
I’ll never forget April 2018. Lacie and I had been planning our first trip to Ireland for months. The anticipation leading up to it added energy to my day-to-day. I knew I’d have only twelve working days that month, which meant I really needed to be intentional about how I planned and executed.
And then I had the best month of sales since starting that job. I worked the least amount of days and sold more in a month than I’d ever done before. How is that possible? You’d think there would be some correlation between more time worked and higher sales.
The connection to be made is that when you find something that makes you come alive, gives you something to look forward to, excites your soul, fulfills the desire for adventure, gives you rest—everything else in your life is supercharged.
It seems like a backwards philosophy, but it’s true. When both things are important—having the trip of a lifetime AND excelling in your job—you unlock a certain creativity and energy that makes it possible. And I don’t believe there’s any other way. Maybe in the short-term, maybe for a few months, or even a few years if you’re really tough, but eventually the undeniable principle of having a prioritized life will come to collect.
So as you read this today, you won’t find me at work. I’m in the “most magical place on Earth.” Yep, Disney World is right. It was time for a break, and it couldn’t be a more opportune time, as Lacie and I are celebrating our 7th anniversary today.