It’s Okay to Not Always Be On

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I missed my Wednesday post earlier this week for the first time in 11 months.

11 months in a row, I had a post ready to go on Monday, Wednesday and Friday (with some other content on my old podcast and new podcast going live in between). One of my goals this year is to post 3 times a week, and I failed with 3 months to go.

This past weekend, I got a little bit of a cold, and then had a bunch of catching up to do with work and other things.

As I’ve looked to simplify my life a little more, I had a thought which I’m going to share with you now: you don’t always have to be on.

What do I mean by not always having to be on?

Quite literally, it could be you don’t always have to be on your phone or online. Your online friends will be there for you if you are on Facebook or Twitter for less time during the day.

Putting down the phone might be a little stressful, but we are humans. As humans, it’s in our nature to do things in the physical world, be it cooking, exercise, arts and crafts, hanging out with friends, etc.

It’s okay to not be online or “present” digitally all the time.

Let’s dive a little deeper.

Goals are Meant to Challenge Us but Not Consume Us

I want success in my career and finances at a relatively younger age, and through these overarching thought, I’m someone with a lot of goals and ambition.

With my goal of posting 3 times a week, I set it to grow this blog through volume (but not necessarily quality all the time).

I have a number of great posts, but at the same time, a lot of my posts are mediocre because I cranked them out at 10:30 PM the night before or work up early and got it done at 5:30 AM before work.

Here’s the thing: life happens…. and that’s okay. It’s okay if I miss a post; I’m still here and the world didn’t end.

Goals are so incredibly essential for someone who wants success.

One of my main mantras and principles which I live my life by is “simple daily actions and disciplines WILL result in massive success over time”.

Write for the blog consistently and the blog will grow.

Do some sort of exercise each day and I’ll be fit.

Read each day and I’ll grow my knowledge base.

With this philosophy in hand, ideas become actions. Actions become habits. Habits become my or your life.

At the same time, it’s okay to take a break if you need it.

Going 100 miles an hour to get to some arbitrary mark or goal might not be the most beneficial or sustainable if it’s going to rob you of your energy, time, health, relationships, or focus.

It’s okay to take a break. It’s okay to not always be on with your A game.

Letting Things Go

Speaking a little more generally here, it’s okay to not always be on in terms of personality or whatever it’s called as I’ll try to uncover here.

One of the keys to my success has been the ability to let things go and move on to other things that matter.

Some people might call this apathy, but the ability to simply shrug things off is a great ability to have.

There are so many triggers out there waiting to get you… social media notifications, controversial news headlines, an accidental bump by a passing stranger…

The other week after work, I was walking to my bus. To my left, there was the patio of a bar downtown and to the right, the tall office building.

Up ahead, I saw a guy walking and talking on his phone. The interesting part here was he was talking on his phone and walking backwards on a busy sidewalk.

As we got closer, I was minding my own business just going to my bus. We ended up bumping shoulders a little bit because the sidewalk was tight.

After a few seconds, I was crossing the street with a bunch of other downtown walkers and I hear, “Hey! Watch where you are f***ing going you b****!”

I could have turned around and yelled back. Maybe I should’ve said something first.

I just kept walking and didn’t let it bother me. It was after work, I just wanted to get home safe, and if someone bumps into me on accident, I’m not going to get worked up over it.

While obviously that guy should’ve been watching where he was going, accidents happen. Recognizing accidents or random meaningless things are happening to you and being able to move on is a great skill to have.

There are many things we can’t control in life, but also many things we can control.

Being a Conscious Content Creator

I talked about this a little bit in one of the paragraphs above. This year, I’ve published over 100 posts on this blog.

Some have been great, some have been okay, some have been… blah.

I want to help you become the best version of yourself.

The Mastermind Within is all about unlocking your full potential through self improvement and mindset, and also through learning about personal finance, entrepreneurship, investing, etc.

We ALL have a powerful brain, which through habits, critical thinking, and learning, can do AMAZING things.

If my goal is to help you become better, then I need to be a conscious content creator and write great posts every time I write.

It’s going for quality over quantity. It’s better to have 1 A+ post than 3 B- posts.

I absolutely love writing. In 2019, I’m going to scale back on my posting to 2 posts a week to focus on quality, but for the rest of 2018, I’m going to keep grinding.

It’s okay to take a step back from your goals and reassess. What is amazing about life is how dynamic things are.

Wants, needs, dreams, hopes – all of these things change constantly.

balance of responsibilities and is necessary, of course, but it’s okay to take break.

It’s okay to not always have to be on.

Readers: how do you balance work and fun? What are some of your daily stresses which you are trying to reduce? 

Thanks for reading,

Erik

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