A friend of mine posted a picture last night, she had received three feet of snow, and it was still falling at a great clip. Today on a Sunday morning, the aftermath of this most recent weather event acts as a reminder we are still under the spell of the season. You can count on it to blow here, be cold, and the days to be short in terms of light. We complain, but we bear it knowing full well that this kind of stuff is looming for us just around the corner every autumn. And right about now, we anticipate spring. So, it goes… four times annually.
I have tactically been quiet here on the blog front for about a month. Every two weeks, I have sent 750 words out there to the ethos and thoroughly enjoyed doing it. More so than my followers and subscribers would ever know. My blogs are not typed lightly as just another every other week’s deliverable; it takes a lot for me to compose them in a meaningful way. I have mentioned doing pauses on several occasions, and I always try to practice what I believe. After successive periods of creating, posting, and writing, it was time for a refresh and a recharge at the end of December.
I have crafted blogs for almost four years, written five books, posted podcasts, coached people nightly, and lived in a confident ADVERSITY ROCKSTAR branded world. I decided last fall to take a break from doing several of those endeavors until the new year. By doing so, my personal goal was to come back with renewed energy and vigor. It is essential to step away; when we do, it’s like an entirely new flood of energy is returned as the deliverable. I used some of the downtimes to travel, research, partner up, and ultimately challenge myself to expand whether I felt like it or not. When it comes to this professional world of mine, I knew the person behind the brand would be able to breathe new life into each of these media outlets of mine after walking away.
It is incredible to think about how typical we are in terms of our hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly schedules. As the seasons come with expectations, most of us perform the same repeated actions each morning, each evening, and before bedtime. We follow a very deliberate cadence of tasks because it is comfortable and familiar. But as we repeat constantly, when do we break these patterns for the sake of reenergizing our creative spirits?
Routine can become the norm, so much so we could take a piece of paper and plan our entire day by the actions we perform before it is even upon us. Where is the room for personal growth? How does it happen? When do we reward ourselves by allocating time for it? Always doing the same thing can be stifling. In a way, we have all become typecast in our own movies. I, too, felt myself drifting in that direction for the very first time.
The point here is not to completely dismiss your familiar and comfortable existence but to enhance it now and then. To step away from those zombie-like tasks, you find yourself doing with regularity without giving them any thought and pause from them. Interject something new and completely out of the norm for yourself. It is tough to view the sky when we always stand at the base of a leafy tree. At some point, climb up it and see the horizon.
As we knowingly confine ourselves to the same limited thought spaces, when does the energy get created with which to shine again? How can we discover more about ourselves when we succumb to predictability over and over again. Isn’t the natural gift of life about the experiences and the memories we forge along the way.
At some point, make that shift. It is about time, and each of us has plenty of it. We don’t use it wisely; it is often only spent to get things done, and then there is another squandered opportunity for personal enrichment.
Use some newly planned opportunities, try different things, research new ideas, educate, explore, connect, challenge, engage, embark, listen, and thrive. Package all that great stuff up and allow it then to flow in all you love to do from there. The choice is yours, another year of the same or one of entirely new energies and a more fulfilled perspective towards those actions you enjoy doing.
You can thank me later for this or come and help me shovel sometime.
Happy 2022 and welcome back!