Your dream needs this secret ingredientby Holly Lanesmith
This week, I’ve been thinking a lot about a particular concept.
It’s one that I’ve found to be quite powerful in my life, and today I’d like to share it with you.
But first, let me just say… These last couple of months have been very busy with a number of projects going on all at once.
As you probably know, earlier this year we hosted a number of Sales Bootcamps, we just launched a free 6-Figure Mentorship Program, we just finished a workshop on pricing, and we’re in the middle of preparing for a number of other events coming soon.
So, Holly and I decided to take some time off this week to spend with the boys and to recuperate as we wrap up the first quarter.
Here’s a photo of us relaxing at our favorite restaurant, Evo!
This first quarter certainly went fast. We had a lot of things going on at once, and before we knew it, it was suddenly the end of March.
But isn’t that what tends to happen during periods of rhythmic highs? During these periods, life is busy and things are moving fast. And we tend to feel like we’re in a constant state of high-energy flow. These are the best times to take risks and to take action.
And then there are times when we’re in a rhythmic low. It’s a slower flow, we don’t have as much momentum or energy, and less seems to be taking place. And oftentimes this tends to take place after a high.
So, as Holly and I transition into a time of rest– from a rhythmic high to a much slower pace, my mind began to wander to this quote:
“What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action.” - Meister Eckhart
Have you ever thought about what the purpose of rhythmic lows are?
I know some people who believe they constantly have to be on the move, and in a rhythmic high– even if that means working against the current.
And when they stop being in a rhythmic high, they make a mistake. They push themselves past their limits, and against the Law of Rhythm. They exert themselves when really they should take a step back to evaluate.
Why should they take a step back? Why shouldn't they keep pushing?
Think about this… have you ever realized how the things you’ve accomplished had to start out as ideas first?
Before you opened that franchise, you had to intentionally decide to do so.
Before you made that transition from your corporate job to becoming an entrepreneur, you had to spend time in thought deciding to make that next move.
Your head had to be clear.
Before you moved across the country, you had to first contemplate whether it was the right next step for you.
It reminds me of this idea that before dreams can be birthed, contemplation needs to take place. Before actions can be made, contemplation needs to take place.
Two necessary ingredients of a dream are time and contemplation.
You could be on the move constantly, but if you don’t take time to step back and evaluate what’s going right, what’s going wrong, and what could be better, you won’t adapt and advance forward.
And to an even greater extent, if you don’t sit back and ask yourself what your intentions are moving forward; what it is that you really want –you might just waste your life away doing the things that don’t matter to you.
And then you’ll ask yourself why you don’t feel fulfilled.
So to prevent that from happening, I want to highlight three important principles that this quote teaches us.
- Your dream requires contemplation.
- Your dream requires action.
- They don’t need to happen at the same time. The Law of Rhythm makes this clear.
There are times to take action. If you’re on a rhythmic high, I would encourage you to spend as much time as you can taking steps to bring your dream forward. You have the energy, you have the momentum, so don’t stop. Take those risks.
But then when you are getting off of this rhythmic high, I’d encourage you to carve time to first recuperate, and then evaluate.
Take time to re-energize yourself, and come up with new ideas.
You can’t come up with ideas if you’re burnt out.
I truly believe this will make all the difference for you!
Just some food for thought.