Don’t Be So Serious….
That you start running your body into the ground! You may be very ambitious; yet it is very possible that your ambition can cause you to mess your body up! I’m not saying you should become lackadaisical, ambition can be a great thing. When your ambition starts controlling you, it becomes a problem. So true to my word, here are a couple of things that’ll keep you from burning out.
1. Realize you can’t possibly do it all! I know that can be a devastating blow, yet it’s very true. You know the saying: “Jack off all traits, master of none!” It doesn’t matter how many things you say you can do, you can’t really master them all. For example: you may be a great manager, you can write great business plans, but how are you at dealing with angry clients. Don’t forget about balancing the company’s books, keeping up with local and state regulations, marketing, product development, customer support, I could go on all day listing more (but I won’t).
Don’t fool yourself, you may possibly do many things it takes to run a company well! What is that costing you in the long run? How is that affecting your body and mental health? The long hours, engaging many stressful projects at once, and lack of sleep can really do damage to your heart. Look at the average CEO; the ones who think they can do it all typically end up suffering from hypertension, and many more have nervous breakdowns. Honestly, take a look at what can happen when ambition gets the best of you. Now ask yourself: “Is it really worth it?”
Okay that’s the problem, what’s the solution? In one word; delegate. What I mean is that there are many people who have the same drive and passion you do, they just have different strengths. Wouldn’t it make sense to partner up with somebody who shared your same goals, but had a different strength than your own. You in essence, exponentially raise your leverage while decreasing your effort. Sounds like a win-win to me! Do this: map out what you want to accomplish overall (the big objective). Now write down things that you would have to do to reach that goal. Next write down the skills needed to master the individual steps. Finally, write down the things that you considers as your strong points (and be honest, trust me it‘s better that way).
With this information in hand, you can see where you can delegate tasks to! From here, see if you can partner up with someone who has a strength to do the tasks that you might not be able to. Here’s a tip: you want them to be as strong on their task, as you are on yours. Bonus: have your partners do the same steps, and you’ll not only come up as a strong team, you may have some new objectives too!
There’s one problem and solution, here’s another! When we encounter stress, we quickly try to do something to relieve it. It happens to everybody, it’s a by-product of our survival mechanism. So once we do something that takes away the stress (temporarily), we feel better. Here’s the rub: the next time the stress comes back, instinctively, we do the same thing we did to relieve it the first time. This becomes habitual, and if left unchecked, an addiction.
Well if you’re stress reliever is good for you physically and mentally, there’s no problem. Unfortunately, many of us (myself included) fall back on things that might take away stress, but they’re not physically good for us. Take smoking for example. Any smoker will let you know that after they burn through a square, they’re calm and collected. Here’s an example of how cool and collected they are. I’ve seen smokers give cigarettes to somebody that didn’t know! The kicker is, when they get low on smokes, their stress goes back up. The last person you want to deal with is a smoker with no smokes!
That’s the problem (the stress cycle), here’s a solution. First and foremost, eliminate stress where you can. That might mean cutting back on dealing with acquaintances that are “drama” kings/queens. I’m not saying get rid of them all together, just be aware of the effect they have on you.
Second, I know you work hard to get ahead. That’s very commendable! However, if you’re like me, you don’t take a break. I’ll tell you from personal experience, you’re body needs a break. You can only burn both ends of the candle for so long. Eventually, the ends will meet and you burn out. I started living by the philosophy of “work hard, play hard.” This shows balance, and that’s an element you can’t live without. It’s okay to be playful, as long as you can switch it off to get back to work.
If you’re like I am, working at the computer is almost a daily routine. I thought it would be nice to have something I can play with and not have to leave my “zone”. Many people have caught on to computer gaming. Again, balance is key as you don’t want to spend all your life playing games.
As you’ve heard (and have maybe seen) by now, we have a blog that is the younger sister of this one. We’re not shutting this one down, we’ll still keep this updated very frequently. This blog is dedicated to music in general. Our sister blog, is dedicated to building a business. As we’re musicians, we’re looking at helping people build a music studio. I know that everybody and their great-grandmother has a basement studio, we want to help you build a business in music.
But I digress. On that blog, because it’s work related, we’re anticipating people to actually work. Because we don’t want them or you to burn out, we’ve hooked up a free gaming system there! Now you can take your mind off of work for a little bit and have fun. You can subscribe to that feed as well as this one by clicking here and here!
Again, no matter what you do. No matter how well you do it; if you’re body is not in top shape, you can’t possibly do it well for long. Do take care of yourself, and if you need some free games that’ll relieve stress check out the right side of our sister blog here! You can now also keep up with Low Key Music Entertainment, both blogs, our store, and more by installing our toolbar. Click here, and the installation will be done in a few short moments. Don’t wait; I recommend installing the toolbar now! You can see the headlines for the blog in your toolbar!
Until next time family,
Long live music, and rock on!
D. Grady Scott Jr
Low Key Music Entertainment