What really matters.

I haven’t washed my car in a few weeks. Well, in all honesty it’s probably been longer than that. But does this mean I don’t love my car? No, of course not. It’s been a while since I played my guitar, and watered my plants in the back yard. All of these things are things that I love, but may have forgotten about in the past few weeks. In this edition I want to explore the idea of focusing on what really matters, and getting back to them with a newfound joy and appreciation.

Sometimes the things we love get neglected, or even forgotten about for a short time. This isn’t because we stop loving or enjoying them. We just get lost in the moment and get distracted by whatever may come our way. For some of us this is work, and trying to be the best employee, or boss. For others it could be a new family that takes our attention away from hobbies or nights out with friends. Whatever it may be, we tend to loose sight of what we once cared so deeply for.

I am no different.

In many ways I have let a few things slip here and there, and have gotten lost in the process of living life. This happens to all of us and there is no reason to be upset about it. But what gets me down about myself is that I see the things I once loved being neglected, and my lack of time (or dedication) to keeping them well maintained.

I tend to beat myself up about a lot of things. From not showing my Girlfriends dog enough love, to not wearing certain articles of clothing. Call me strange, but I feel bad when I don’t do certain things I know I should! Even the small stuff! So whats the solution? It’s simple…get back to loving them! (easier said than done…)

For me once I see that I have been neglecting things, it’s almost…almost to late. I say “almost”, because it is never too late to show appreciation. I discover what the most important things are in my life by how I feel about them. Do I feel bad when I don’t get a thousand likes on a post? No, not really…(even though it would be awesome!) So I don’t feel bad when I skip a facebook post or a instagram worthy moment. What makes me feel bad, is when I see a plant dying in my back yard or when I see a thin film of dust on a guitar because it hasn’t been played. These things make me feel bad because I care about them. So when I see that my Mom or my Brother are down, I try to visit them and ask them how they have been. I try and be a part of their lives even when I live across town and don’t speak to them everyday like I used to. When I see my Girlfriends dog dying to play fetch, I throw the stuffed taco across the room a few times until he gets tired. I make effort to to show my love for the things I have been missing, and you should too!

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Me, my Mom and Brother sharing a cold beer!

I know it’s hard to make time for things. But in simple terms, if you love something show it! It’s as simple as that.

Life is hard, and no one said it was gonna be easy. But we can make this journey the best it can be with a few fun things, and a few people we love. So if you feel bad about neglecting things, make an effort to reconnect. Make an effort to get back to what makes you happy, and get back to your passions! It will help you in the long run, and will make you live longer it’s a fact! (Read more here)

Thanks for reading this far and for visiting the site. Please leave your stories about reconnecting with a forgotten passion, or friends and family in the comments below! I love to read about how reconnecting with what matters has effected your life! Subscribe to the blog for more cool stuff and I hope to hear from you soon!

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Making Time…

Do you ever feel like you’re running out of time? That every moment, is slipping away while you do all the little things throughout your day? I hate that feeling! It is always easier to sit down at the couch, flip on the tube, as your precious time ticks away. But, we are not here to do the easy stuff. We are here to work on our dreams, and get shit done! In this edition, I want to go over what I do when time seems to be slipping away from me, and what to do when productivity dips. Lets get it!

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What do you find yourself making time for?

Tip #1 – Just get started!

Sometimes the hardest part of anything, is getting started. Have you ever noticed that once you make the decision to start something, the entire process gets a little easier? That the entire process starts to fall into place, and you start knocking out whatever it was that needed to be done. This is one if the biggest realizations that I had when it came to my work. I noticed that once I actually started working on something I was able to focus and get more done.

So the next time you have trouble getting with a project, just get started! The pieces will fall into place once you start working. Your mind is a powerful tool, and sometimes it works against us. So become a master of this tool, and don’t let your mind play you for a fool!

Tip #2 – Stay Consistent

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will your empire! It’s great to have one project completed, but don’t kick your feet up quite yet! The next project, the next blog post, or recording session is just around the corner. Now with the average American’s attention span dropping to a whopping 8 seconds (the goldfish has 9 seconds) we have an extremely limited window to reach our audience. So staying constant is more than a must, it’s a make-or-break virtue you must embody.

To overcome this, I like to picture a crowded bar where everyone is trying to get the attention of the bartender. In this example, the bartender is your audience. So instead of going up to the bar, patiently waiting for your turn, and eventually getting looked over, let’s make sure that bartender knows you’re there! I do this by making blog posts that resonate with my readers, I post video’s on my many Instagram profiles dropping some knowledge. I create content that would help me stand out in the crowded room. A major part of this is staying consistent and always working. The more content you create, the more your audience has to consume. This is like going up to the bartender, cracking a joke and making a big order, THEN coming back for more. This way the bartender (audience) remembers you, and wants to keep an eye out for your next offering.

Tip #3 – Think about the money/Time you’re wasting!

Now this one is the one that gets me moving almost 100 percent of the time. I want you to think about your money, specifically the money you invested in your work. Think about that $35 a month software subscription. Think about that $800 camcorder that is collecting dust in the corner of your studio. Now if this hasn’t gotten you up off the couch, I think this next one will get you up. Think about the people that believe in you. Think about your friends and family that you LET DOWN when you don’t create content!

I believe that wasting someone’s hope and losing their trust is the absolute worst thing you could possibly do. Especially in a business where you depend on people to listen to your music, read your blog, or watch your videos. So if you have the money to throw away, I want you to realize that people are not so disposable. So please, don’t let your supporters down! Keep working so they can be more proud of the things that you do, keep them supporting you! Show them that you are worth supporting, and make them proud to say that they believed in you from the start.

Conclusion

So, there are a lot of things out there that can distract you from accomplishing your goals. It is up to you whether you let it stop you or if you’re going to make time for your projects. You can tell a lot about a person from what they invest their time into. Do you want to be known for wasting time and never accomplishing anything you started? Or do you want to be the person that absolutely kills it at everything they start? The choice is yours. Be well my friends.

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