“I wish I’d worked more,” said no one ever on their death bed.
2013 was amazing. I turned 30. I got engaged. I had my first book come out. I launched my first digital program. Business tripled. I moved into the first home I’ve EVER felt like I have enough space in. A banner year for sure.
But you know what? I worked a shit ton. And yes, that’s a measurement.
At any given moment I felt like I had three or four projects I was in the middle of and at least one deadline looming over my head.
I was recently having a chat with my Uncle Phil who also happens to be one of my business mentors and a very wise guy and he said this:
“You need to learn how to stop validating your existence through action.”
Financial freedom is a spectacular goal. It’s something I’m proud to teach about and stand for.
But it’s the other kind of freedom that’s a bit more of a sticky wicket.
The kind of freedom where we don’t feel guilty after sleeping 10 hours and where, if we produce nothing in a day, we don’t feel any less worthy of a human.
This year I’m after freedom, just like in years past.
But this year the kind of freedom I’m after looks like white space in the calendar, more unplanned days, and letting myself off the hook for taking a break.
There are times when your nose needs to be right on that grindstone. And there are times when you need to lean back.
We don’t have many models of people consciously organizing their time around enjoyment, doing less, and choosing ease. But we have a few. And that’s enough.
I got a letter in the mail from Leonie Dawson with her 2014 Create Your Amazing Year Life + Biz Edition Workbook. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this one part:
“I only work 2-3 hours a day. I’ve never worked full time hours in my business – even as it doubles (or even triples) in size each year. My priority is to spend lots of happy, gentle, creative + adventure time with the loves of my life: my husband Chris and my daughters.”
When I read that my not so small, still voice screamed out: I WANT THAT!
I think it would create a revolution in the gentlest, most-relaxed, organic way possible.
It would be a revolution where we focus on living instead of doing, where striving gives way to feeling good, and where being is valued as much (or more than) doing.
Leave a comment and let me know how you’re leaning back this year.
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