In a world of hustle and bustle, a society with high stress, deteriorating mental health, Americans have an issue with balance.
We don’t know how to keep ourselves in balance. We overextend ourselves and burn out. We are overworked and can’t seem to break out from a cycle of imbalance. How can we live a fulfilling life? How can we be productive while maximizing happiness? Are we lost?
I believe so.
I am a high performing business man. I know what it takes to win. I’ve been in sales since I was kid selling candy door to door. As an adult, I’ve spent 15 years as an outbound sales professional hunting new business. Yes, I’m a sales guy! Over a decade in technology sales, I’m familiar with pressure and deadlines. Especially at end of quarter! I’ve spent my entire professional career in Silicon Valley selling complicated tech to smart business savvy technologists. Silicon Valley is uber competitive with many high caliber individuals competing for…who knows what? Maybe attention. Maybe ego. Maybe for the boss’ good graces. Maybe they think there’s scarcity of resources (I don’t believe that in any way, there’s opportunity for everyone). Corporate culture sucks. But it doesn’t have to.
People need to surf and surf more 🙂
How can we continually work in an environment that creates more stress than it has to? I believe corporate America needs to turn it down a few notches and change the we work. I believe people are more productive when they’re happy. I believe certain amounts of stress is good motivator. But stress needs to be used effectively.
Surfing has been a critical component of how I deal with stress.
Ok, so where am I going with this? In order to be a productive member of society, people need to learn how to deal with stress and be able to identify the cause and effect. People need to surf and surf more 🙂
Successful people consistently dedicate time to meditate, exercise and disconnect. Surfing provides all of that including nature. Surfing has been a critical component of how I deal with stress. After every surf session, I feel more relaxed, I feel accomplished, I feel stoked. That natural stoke follows me throughout the day and sometimes into the next morning. If you haven’t tried surfing and are dealing with high levels of stress, grab a surfboard, buy a lesson and give it a shot! I promise you, you’ll learn something about yourself and you’ll have no trouble sleeping that night. Let me know what you think and if you agree.
As I get older, I appreciate my mother and family more each passing day. Whenever I’m in a bind, I can always rely on my mom to tell me how it is. Truth will set you free. Be cautious of those who will stroke your ego. You need to stay grounded. When it comes from Mom, you’re in for it. Trust, Mom. Remember to say I love you.
Growing up as an athlete, I use a lot of visualizations to picture what I want to accomplish. For example, as gymnast training 3 hours per day from pre-school until Freshman year of college, I learned to apply my visualizations to gymnastics. I remember constantly training for competition in still rings, floor exercise, pommel horse, high-bar and vault and reached to the highest level of difficulty using visualizations.
In order to accomplish a certain level maneuver at a particular difficulty level, you had to master the basics skills. And at the beginning of each and every competition I would visualize completing a maneuver, for example, how I was going to land a double, double (two back flips, two twists – high difficulty) on still rings and high-bar. Competition and achieving results requires focus, imagination and execution. I thank God my mother pushed me to keep practicing for as many times as I wanted to quit in high school. What I learned from gymnastics, I’ve been able to apply the same visualizations of success in my professional and personal life.
You have to visualize what you want to accomplish in order to execute.
Think about it, even successful athletes or entrepreneurs use visualizations to attain success.
Dreaming means ‘rehearsing’ what you see, playing it over and over in your mind until it becomes as real to you as your life right now. ~ Emmitt Smith
When I head to the beach, sometimes it takes me a number of times to ride down some big waves. Sometimes I fall and wipeout. But every time I do, I think about what I did wrong and what I could have done differently. I correct myself and visualize the exercise on how it should have been successfully completed. I do it over again. I apply the same technique to everything I do.
At the end of the day, you gotta feel some way. So why not feel unbeatable? Why not feel untouchable? Why not feel like the best that ever did it? ~ Conor McGregor
The power of visualization reaffirms confidence and a pathway to success. The first step in any plan is to visualize. Let your imagination run its course and you will soon find your actions following suit.
I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was. – Muhammed Ali