I was driving yesterday from Westchester to Long Island and could not help but spend some time thinking about life.
One of my favorite topics. What does it all mean?
Rather than ponder a topic that makes me feel like a hamster in a wheel, I started to think about my own life in regards to seasons.
Like sports, there is an in-season, which is competitive and filled with high-lights and low-lights, then there is an off-season of rest, relaxation and fun.
What if we lived our life like this? Whether we choose to or not, it averages out to be this anyway.
If you really break down your year, you have seasons, typically fall through the holidays where you are more ambitious, focused and hungry to achieve and get things done.
Then the holidays come, which is a short off-season or all-star break for a good 4 weeks.
January arrives and we grind again, focusing on achievement through Memorial Day.
Summer becomes our off-season. Work is a little less focused, vacations, beach time, golf and social events are much more prevalent and desired.
The issues occur when we fight this.
What if rather that than fight it we planned for it? These are my "competitive months" and these are my "down/ off-season months".
That is the start of guilt free living and balance!
There is so much talk about work/life balance these days. Most of this talk is the result of us not giving ourselves permission to take-off and rest.
We grind, push and fight until we have had enough, or burn-out becomes so bad our health begins to become compromised.
Think about your life as a season. Athletes do it this way. Most Rock-Stars live like this. They tour for a few months, then they rest. Celebrities do the same. Shoot the movie for a few months, then rest.
But what about everybody else? Have we not learned it is impossible to grind 24-7-365?
Guys like Mark Cuban can "preach the grind" but that is easier to do when you have 1 billion dollars behind you, most of which you earned in your 20s (or non-fatigue years) and you have every life task/ responsibility delegated outside of bodily activities.
Life is a season. The GOOD will come and go. The BAD will come and go. Trust the process and realize this is the sequence and cadence of life. If you fight it, you will have anxiety. If you accept it, you will have peace.
Life is a season.#promindset
Dana Cavalea is the former 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.
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