There is always so much emphasis on the work, on dedicating your time, effort and energy. There are quotes like the grind don’t stop or I’ll sleep when I’m dead.
And that’s fine. There’s nothing wrong with working hard, being dedicated and focusing on making money or building something (as in a non-physical thing like community).
But what about fun?
When was the last time you consciously set time aside to do something for fun, to make yourself laugh and bring a little joy into your life. The work, your work is great and it matters but it doesn’t have to be your whole life.
And the fun can be short and free, in fact it’s better that way. It could be watching Key and Peele skits on YouTube, having a solo dance party or maybe baking cupcakes.
As much as the work matters, there is also so much more to life that you might end up missing out on when you don’t make time for fun.
I first came across Zig Ziglar after hearing Seth Godin mention him. I later listened to one of his talks on YouTube titled ‘This is your brain and here’s how it works’.
It was a few years ago but I jotted down a some quotes that I thought were worth sharing:
- Positive thinking won’t let you do anything but it it will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.
- Motivation isn’t permanent.
- Opportunity is where you are, most people simply overlook it.
- The person you are and the person who people think you are , are many times entirely different people.
- You cannot consistently perform in a manner which is inconsistent with the way you see yourself.
Currently making plans for how I can expand this site in order to make use of quotes and notes that I’ve collected over the years. I’ve read quite a few books from which I’ve made notes and jotted down quotes.
I’m at a point where I have a collection of things that I don’t really know what to do with, so why not share them with you.
I’ve been skeptical of sharing ‘7 quotes on failure by Seth Godin’ because as a daily blogger I know that sometimes that kind of content is lazy. It’s not coming from me and my creative flow which is what I want the focus to be on in this space.
However, if I can find a way to incorporate things I’ve found useful with the hopes that my readers will benefit then I’ll do it.
It may just be more mentions of other people in my posts or links to things I’ve found useful for further reading.
Collecting stuff is great but if you have no plans for what to do with it all, it might just become a burden.
Often when we talk about difficult things we get so caught up in the story that we end up dwelling on it.
Sometimes to the point where we end up reliving it and our bodies remember exactly how it felt.
It could be a time you felt rejected, overwhelmed or ignored.
It’s not difficult to understand that those are things you might want to speak about. But it is important that you’re not just talking about it for the sake of it.
Talking is an amazing tool that you can use to help get past or overcome challenges but also just to get things off your chest.
However, if every few days you’re having conversations telling the same story about a situation that didn’t feel good, that’s just dwelling and it’s probably not going to benefit you in any way either.
It’s like that popular quote says:
Where attention goes energy flows
If you catch yourself telling the same stories over and over stop and ask, why?
It could be because you’re not over it and you still have strong emotions attached to whatever happened. If it’s something you want to get past, start with learning how to let go.
There’s a quote about having to leave things behind in order to move forward that I quite like because it’s something I believe. Yet growing up and still sometimes now, I find myself caught between where I am and where I want to be.
I’ll blame that on the fact that I was born a dreamer
It’s easy to get caught up in routines, work, family, friends, romance and expectations even when we know that there is something different or something more that is available to us.
And sometimes it’s the newness of change that we fear because there’s comfort in familiarity that has nothing to do with how good or bad a situation is.
So we stay stagnant and stick with what we know. But that part of you that knows more is out there grows hungry and you end up feeling unfulfilled with your current life.
Sometimes despite getting to this point you still feel unable to move forward.
Something has to give.
Somehow you start to let go and slowly but surely you start to move into the life that you’ve always wanted to live.
The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
2 Corinthians 5:17