by Dana Cavalea September 10, 2019

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Hey Team...

Last night I saw a great movie... Blinded by the Light about a young man who feels trapped underneath is parents rule while living in England....

Then, he discovers the music of Bruce Springsteen.... which lyrically empowers him to take hold of his life.....and start living his life like a BOSS.

Now, for those that know me well, you know I am a huge fan of the BOSS and his ability to write, perform, and most importantly story tell and inspire....

What is amazing though is how long it took me to finally crack and get to the theatre to see this...

I have always been a person through my life that chooses work over recreation...


I am not sure... but it could be the early sports mentality that was bred into me of:

If I am not working, somebody else is.

Definitely not the right mindset for success in anything... and certainly not the right mindset for health, happiness, and balance across the spectrum...

But last night night I realized something very clear...

It is in times of recreation and separation from our daily habits and routines that we have the opportunity to be inspired, re-inspired, and refueled with creative thought..

After the movie I was buzzing.....

Excited. Motivated. Clear-minded. 

Who would think that 2hrs. of entertainment would erase the demands of the day, week, and pressure of the days ahead?

When was the last time you did something DIFFERENT?

Something FUN?

You know, many of the clients I work with often tell me they are not sure what they do for FUN anymore....

It has been that long.

They can not even mention things they love outside of work...


This is where the topic of balance comes in...

It is not about aborting your work in full exchange for other things... 

But it is about taking that 1-2hrs per day to engage in what I call "moments of joy" so you are able to see things through a different lens..

In a quest to create routine, habits, and the "perfect schedule" that yields the most productivity, we (high performers) can often find ourselves forfeiting the joys of life....

Last night at the theatre, the average age of those heading in was about 65.... maybe pushing 70...

I said, maybe they get it.

They build entertainment in. They appreciate the arts. They appreciate the unplugging over a good movie, friends, conversation, and a good meal (with no motives, intentions, or pending deals).

Now, I know many of these folks are retired... but we can take a page from their book no matter where we are at...

Whether you are a hard-charging CEO, Executive, Manager, Coach, or Athlete..

Unplugging is key.

Derek Jeter's favorite things to do were watch sports (not baseball), go to the movies, and just hang at Starbucks with friends... 

He got the balance.

Work hard. Play hard. Love life.

So can you.

Don't cheat yourself of the things that can really light you up and accelerate you to greatness.

Let's GO!


Dana Cavalea
Dana Cavalea

Dana Cavalea is the World Champion Director of Strength and Conditioning & Performance of the New York Yankees. Currently, he is a High Performance Speaker & Consultant to Pro Athletes, Entrepreneurs, Business Executives, and Workforces on lifestyle strategies to reduce stress, improve work/life integration, and most importantly improve daily performance /outcomes. Book Dana to Speak at your Company Event or Conference Today!

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January 24, 2023

Very helpful advice in this particular post! It’s the little changes that make the largest changes. Thanks for sharing!
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