The 52-week guide to becoming an entrepreneur – Week 44
Mindfulness and a life by design.
Those are the two things that have really been on my mind lately. One of the things that really drives my life is passion. If you spend two hours talking with me, you get a sense that I’m deeply passionate about the things I take on. I’ll talk to you about the funk-styles of dancing forever if you want me to. Ask me about what makes a good angle in boogaloo, and I’ll tell you all of the theories I have, and everything I’ve come up with over the years of getting down.
If you ask me about the nuances of P vs. 2P in Virtua Fighter, I’ll explain the situations where you want to choose one over the other (actually, you don’t even have to. You can just go and read the blog I used to write about that exact kind of thing here).
Anyhow, that passion really drives me forward. I’m voracious when I start to love something. The flipside of that passion can be obsession. I want something so much that I lose sight of the life that I have around me. I put all of my focus, time, and energy into what I’m pursuing, and then realize I’ve spent a week working on it.
There’s nothing wrong with that, if it’s a joyful, intentional week, but with obsession, it starts to get dark. Instead of loving the progress and the journey, I can start to focus only on what I’m not currently achieving. Then it becomes a treadmill that I’m always running faster and faster along.
This week, I’ve been really taking on a practice in mindfulness. Because, whats the point of having an amazing life, if I’m not present to it. I get to do work that I love, but if I’m not taking the time to stop and really appreciate everything I’m creating, it’s only slightly better than a life than I spend with my head buried in a bunch of papers at a deskjob I don’t enjoy.
Mindfulness means doing things like running and really focusing on every aspect of the run, rather than just doing it so I can stay slim. (I caught myself doing that recently. Crazy).
The other thing that has been dawning on me has been how important it is to design our lives as entrepreneurs. I mean, it’s why we get into the work in the first place — freedom!
I’ve slowly been reviewing the pieces of my schedule and life, and determining whether I actually want things to look this way. If I don’t, then I look at what needs to happen to rearrange them.
That’s a lot different than the space I was coming in to 44 weeks ago, which was “I’ll say yes to everything and find a way to make it fit”. I know I can be successful under that paradigm, but it’s not what I’m really interested in.
But I have to start somewhere. If I don’t be a demand for the schedule I want, who will? That doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone will be happy about it, but that’s not what matters.
What matters is that I love my life.