A Balancing Act…
If you were to ask most of the people in my life that really knew me 4 years ago, they’d say things like… “Kevin is one of the hardest working people I know.” But they’d NEVER say… “Kevin is so fun to be around.” In fact, I’d say that most of my friends or family have been annoyed or angry with me at one point in our relationship because I’ve missed an important event, a dinner, a night out or a even a football game, due to work. To those in my life, I’d like to take this time to apologize and say, I’m sorry.
To truly defeat mediocrity I’ve realized that BALANCE is a must! I know without a doubt that I can be a financial success. That I’ve proven to myself. Yet that NEVER gave me happiness. If I were to succeed again financially and lose time with my son or not have love, fun, and spirituality in my life, in my mind, I’d be a failure. In fact, my fear of being “that guy”again has litteraly caused me to be afraid of making money!
So the challenge for me and for you, if you’re “playing along”, is to co create our lives with balance. Work hard, but play hard. Find time to take care of yourself. Meditate, relax, go to the beach, laugh. Slow down! Don’t feel guilty when you take a vacation day. You earned it! Find time to enjoy your relationships with friends, family and God.
In honor of “back to the future day” I’ll leave you with this script exchange from Back to the Future 3.
Jennifer Parker: Dr. Brown, I brought this note back from the future and – now it’s erased.
Doc: Of course it’s erased!
Jennifer Parker: But what does that mean?
Doc: It means your future hasn’t been written yet. No one’s has. Your future is whatever you make it. So make it a good one, both of you.
Marty McFly: [Marty wraps his arm around Jennifer] We will, Doc.
My promise: From today forward. “I will Defeat Mediocrity in my life. I will stay balanced and savor the moments that I’m in. I will laugh, live and love. I will play. I will work hard. I will continue to develope my spirituality. I will be a great friend. I will be the best Dad.”
I hope that you follow me with a pledge of your own. I hope that you will take action and find balance in your life too.