For the last five years it’s been impossible to turn on the TV or radio without hearing about the state of the economy :: the fiscal cliff, Greece barely avoiding bankruptcy, the drop of the Euro, etc, etc, etc.
Yet there isn’t a lot of talk going on about fulfillment, engagement, purpose. If anything it’s the opposite (other than here on Live a Life Without Limits).
The main messages I hear right now are ::
“Buckle down, save, save, save.”
“Be happy with the job you have.”
“Think of your retirement.”
It’s as though most of society is saying that now is not the time for dreaming, believing, wanting more. And I get it, the economies of the world aren’t doing so well – not at all.
However, responding to these challenges with scarcity and fear only breeds more scarcity and fear. Isn’t it the time to be creative? Think outside of the box? Create some work life balance? Isn’t our conventional and traditional way of thinking what got us into this mess to begin with?
I say it’s time to declare a new way of thinking, a new way of working, of living. It’s time to put the focus back on individuals and communities; rather than relying on the government and big businesses to make everything better. I’m not letting anyone of the hook, I am merely calling for more personal involvement. A revolution of careers and work life balance.
Rather than working for the weekends, learn to love the weekdays.
“Everybody’s working for the weekends.” Isn’t that how the song goes? Seriously though, when did it become okay to merely survive 5 days out of the week just so we can enjoy the other 2 days?
Try taking back the week and finding joy regardless of what day it is. Make Mondays movie nights, Tuesdays date nights and Wednesdays spa nights. Rather than putting off all the fun for the weekend, have fun every day; hopefully then, Mondays won’t be as bad and you won’t count the hours til Friday afternoon.
Rather than putting off your dreams – make them part of your daily life.
You don’t have to quit your day job to live your dreams. Love to paint? Take an art class on the weekends. Always wanted to start a band? Start looking for a drummer today. Love to make jewelry? Spend a couple hours every week stringing beads.
Get creative with your time and focus on bringing your passions into your life.
Rather than planning for retirement – live right now.
It’s still important to save, but why be miserable now just to be happy in twenty years?
Embrace the present moment. Live each day to the fullest. I’m not saying throw away all your life savings at Vegas one weekend, but what about taking that trip to New York City you’ve always dreamt of, or the Grand Canyon, or just going out to that new restaurant you’ve heard about. Spend your money on what you value and you’ll find that you can save for the future and still enjoy today.
Rather than ignoring the part of you that wants more – honor it.
Fulfillment, happiness, adventure, excitement, satisfaction. They’re not off limits even though it might feel like that.
Wanting more doesn’t make you selfish, ungrateful, unrealistic or a bad person. My favorite quote is by Helen Keller, “Life is a daring adventure or nothing.” Don’t feel bad for wanting more out of life; instead, do something about it.
Live the life you want to live!
We’ve been programmed to think that there is only one way to make money, one way to be successful, and one way to balance work and life. Whenever someone breaks free form this mold they’re warned about the high possibility of failing. But what I see is the risk of failure everywhere – you can fail by staying in the same job for years, by ignoring your talents and passions, by putting off happiness.
Where there used to be a division, I see a unity :: Work and happiness can go together. Abundance and creativity. Planning and living. Responsibility and adventure. Balancing work and life. Stability and excitement.
You don’t have to give up one for the other, even though that’s what mainstream society wants you to think. Instead, you have the ability to create a life that makes you happy and successful – I assure you, they can go hand in hand.
How can you bring more joy, purpose and fulfillment into your life? I think you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to create your dream life if you really try.
Leave us a comment below we would love to hear about your work life balance.
By: Erin Madore
Erin is known for her radiant energy, bright smile and willingness to get real.
As a writer, life coach and Reiki Guide Erin is dedicated to supporting people in their journey to find clarity, direction and happiness. After moving past her own barriers to happiness she knew that she could help others though the same mindful yet bold approach she used to create a joyful, engaging life. Just recently she launched a video series: Creating Careers of Purpose that runs every Friday.
She believes in the importance of community, connection, compassion, and a good cup of coffee.
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