It’s tempting not to wake up in the morning and allow my excitement for my projects to take over my life. Sure, having a passion for what I’m doing is really important and most definitely a driving force of my every hour but balance has to be in there somewhere.
Still even though I take breaks, schedule in time for myself, and try to meditate often, I find my mind racing towards an imaginary finish line that I will never cross. I won’t ever cross it officially because as I reach one goal, I start to plan for the next.
This whole entrepreneurial loop happens often when you’re excited about the future and very invested in building a brand. It can be exhausting and at times make you feel panicked even when things are going well. In fact, I think when things are going well you are even more tempted to push yourself harder. And that puts your body in this constant state of emergency.
I work in the music business and it’s a very fast paced subculture filled with creative and sometimes egotistical personalities. People are continuously moving and challenging themselves and others. There’s a lot of competition and everyone wants it to happen yesterday. Under all of us lies a serious undercurrent of anxiety among creators with this ever flowing misconception about age and time in the industry.
I really do understand the frustration and I feel for their anxiety. But every new business owner has to realize that building a strong brand and self-sustaining career takes a lot of time, energy, knowledge, strategy, and experience. My best advise is, if you don’t have all of those things then you have to invest money and time into gaining that knowledge before you can make a move.
When I am in full focus mode the minutes turn into hours and the alarm on my schedule shifts into something I don’t even hear. That can be dangerous. When you feel yourself sliding into that zone you have to find a way of stopping yourself. Back off and take a deep breath. Remind yourself that life is not an emergency and if you don’t stop to enjoy what you have accomplished and reward yourself in someway for that then you will lose your way.
That’s why I came to my blog today to write this to you. Because if it happens to me then I know it can happen to you.
Life is not an emergency. There is no time limit, you set that for yourself. And your goals and desires… those are self-designed as well. There is no man standing over you with a whip and no music industry master to please. It’s all on you. Your dreams can be anything you want them to be and accomplished in a time frame that works for your life.
One thing I feel very luck for is that the A.V.A Live Radio community continues to draw in the nicest group of creatives that you could ever be involved with. It’s almost as if we have created a good people magnet and sucked in all the happy people in the industry. We are a team and we all seem to be able to grow with each other. It’s a great feeling to be part of that.
Now as long as I can calm down my impatient mind and learn to reward myself more often, I to can focus on the reality that my life is not an emergency.
I love how you all continue to be there to remind me. …
Lots of love..