As I was sitting here tonight thinking through all the things I have to get done over the next few days, it brought to mind how sometimes we have to wait on others to get things we need done. I wonder why I can’t always seem to have time to do what I want.
So many people, when they look at me, ask why I can’t get things done. They think I have free time and should always have available time to just do what I want. We all think of the “Loving Life” ideal as just doing what we want, when we want to.
Just because people work for themselves does not mean they always do what they want to do. We do choose our paths in life. That means sometimes we have to do work we know has to be done, and not always the things we want to get done.
Sometimes we have to make phone calls we do not want to make; sometimes we have to do a joint venture with people we are not totally excited about. The truth is, the idea of loving life is about building a long-term life. It’s about learning to find the joy in those small tasks we have to get done.
We have to find the joy in the things that we must get done and not always focus on the things we want to be doing. A lesson I was taught as a young boy was get your work done first, then go play. It’s funny that, even as I get older, I want to do the fun stuff first. But to build long-term success, we must do the work first and then play.
So today’s message is: “Yes, you can love life while doing the things you must do, but you must do ‘the work’ before you go play.” A friend once told me to write a list of things to do each day and then hurry to get them done. After that, I could reward myself with fun time for the rest of the day.
With that message, I’m off to Los Angeles again for a week of work…and fun.
I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream, to love what you do and those you share life with. Get the work done before you plan anything else and become the RockStar in your world.