It’s all about balance.
Recently I’ve fallen into the trap that if I don’t do something today then I’ll just do it tomorrow or the next day.
At the beginning of this holiday I decided I would work in my mother’s office to earn some extra money and gain some experience in the running of a business. Instead? I found myself making plans to go out with friends. Making excuses. Watching a new tv show. I didn’t put in the work I said I would, thinking I could always do it next holiday or next week.
Too often we let ourselves procrastinate, we put something off so often and for so long that eventually we just forget about it and do something else. It isn’t a good mindset to get stuck in as it will affect us later on in life. At the age of 16 I have realised that if I don’t do something now, if I procrastinate now, I will carry those thoughts with me into the future. It will affect your work.
Lies we tell ourselves:
Want to be an author? I’ll just write that chapter later.
Want to be a chef? I’ll practice that recipe tomorrow.
Want to be a CEO? I have plenty of time to get the expertise needed.
It doesn’t work that way. It is never too early to begin practicing something. Because if you don’t do it, someone else will. Those opportunities you could have had? Someone else has them. They put in the time and effort, therefore they are reaping the rewards. That famous author about to launch their new series to millions of fans could have been you. But that author didn’t go to a particular event and instead sat down and worked while you partied the night away.
I’m not saying give up your social life, it’s a matter of balance. Somehow you have to put in time for friends, family, gym, volunteering, work, etc. You have to have a round about approach to life. Don’t focus on one area too much because the others will suffer. Put in equal time and work for everything.
The Dalai Lama, was once asked what surprised him most about humanity. He replied: “Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he will never die and then dies having never lived.”
To sum it up:
You must live a balanced life, because if the scales are tipped in either direction, you might just fall right off.