Here I’m again. I feel like I have hit another wall in my growing process. The past four months have been a blur. I have nearly tripled my business’s annual revenue from last year in these four months alone. How can I feel so low?
I have been on a really big high since April of this year. It all started with landing a few big projects that lead to a ton of new experiences. I had the opportunity to work with some of the most advanced web frameworks available, with some very talented developers. I was even able to pay off a nice chunk of my debt. Coming back down to a “normal month” seems like such a drag. I have seemed to slowly detach myself from some of my core values. That is why I’m writing this blog post. I need to get back on balance.
I have listed out the mandatory things I must do in order to achieve a healthy work-life balance below. There are no excuses, and If I want to achieve greatness, I must practice the following tasks daily. If I fall off the horse I must jump right back on without hesitation.
Wake up early
I first started realizing the power of waking up early while working as a sales rep for CTS Cement (Rapidset). Rapidset reps take pride in being the first reps on the and the last to leave in the afternoon. Waking up early and working till the end of the day allows me to have an advantage over the majority of the population. Most people wake up around 7:30 AM and usually start work around 9 – 9:30 AM. When I’m feeling at my best, I will wake up at 5 AM and I follow a strict morning.
Lately, I have been waking up around 7:45 AM and I have been lagging behind on work tasks and personal tasks. I can usually stem my downward spiral to not waking up early and that’s why waking up early is number one on this list.
Have a Mindfulness Practice
I have always struggled with this one, but mindfulness is the glue that holds everything together for me. Without mindfulness, my mind will eventually get the best of me and start to send me cowering into the corner. Of course, we all feel invincible when we are totally crushing it in our business. This usually tends to be the time where I start to slip up on my mindfulness practice, and boy does it get ugly. My mind will start to allow my ego to come to life. I usually start to brag about all of the awesome stuff I’m involved in. Allowing my ego to get the best of me is a root cause to my world crashing down.
Starting right now, there will be no more “look at me” cries for attention to my peers. I promise to share what I have been up to when someone is genuinely interested. I promise to be modest with my accomplishments.
Eat Well & Be Active
This is one of the 5 things that I have recently felt like I have gotten a handle on, except for one or two slip-ups here and there. I know, sometimes it’s easier to just eat out and make convenience meals, especially after you have been working super long hours on your business. But in reality, it costs way more to eat out and to make convenience meals than to prep and cook a fresh dinner from home. It costs you more money, and in most cases, it costs you your health and brainpower.
Typically for me, when my eating habits become unhealthy, I will slowly become less active. Try and get out for an early morning or afternoon walk before and between working times. Make some time to go to the gym or do something that requires physical activity. You are guaranteed to have more flow states when you are active and consuming the right fuel.
Have a Creative Outlet Other than your Business
It feels like it has been years since I have really dove into music, and come to think of it, it has been roughly 3 years. Funny, that’s around the time I started my business. Everyone who starts a business is creative in some way. Make time to paint a picture, journal out your feelings, or play an instrument. I’m planning on doing the same thing, it has been too long since my guitars have been played.
Make Time for Loved Ones
Making time for loved ones is the most important. I have noticed that when I start spiraling downward, the phone calls to loved ones seem to be less. I can’t explain how it happens, but when I’m constantly connecting with family and friends life seems to come a little easier. Don’t let your work consume you to the point where you have forgotten about the ones who look up to you and your dreams the most.
Till Next Time…
I have slightly spiraled downward, and I know it won’t be the last time. What I do know, is that the previous 5 things help me to pick myself up from low periods of my life. I hope that some of these reminders help you when you start going down. Always remember there can’t be an up without a down. Keep pushing and never give up. Try and remember what you were doing and how you felt right before your last high, you might just find the 5 things that pull you out of a downward spiral.