When I decided to become a professional speaker, I realized that I was never going to be perfect. I decided that since I’d chosen this profession, I’d better allow myself to laugh at my own mistakes and enjoy it! As a matter of fact, I make every mistake there is. From time to time, I forget what I’m talking about if I get distracted. I mispronounce words and I occasionally find myself inventing words on stage. Once, I even fell off a stage! I’ve been amazed and surprised at how my “human-ness” has endeared me to most of my audience. (Notice I say “most”. Some people don’t own a sense of humor at all!).
But I really think how much we enjoy this journey depends on our attitudes about the journey. Please hear me when I say: Stop beating yourself up about the mistakes of the past. The past is a locked door and you can’t turn back the face of time. You can, however, learn from the past and create a better future. How about enjoying the time you have right now? Who knows when your expiration date is? It’s time to give yourself permission to enjoy life and not take yourself so seriously.
Have you become a difficult task master to yourself? Have you allowed business and making money to create security to overshadow having fun and enjoying your time right now? One of the most important skills we need to have in today’s accelerated lifestyle is a sense of humor.
Like I talk about in my Entrepreneur’s Guide to Banishing Time and Energy Vampires, we need to stop taking ourselves so seriously. It’s easy to get caught up in reacting to life and not see how serious you’ve become. Have you let an old person move into your body? If so-kick them out today.
I suggest you take the TIME to have a heart-to-heart with yourself. Maybe go for a walk into nature and ask yourself: What makes me laugh? What do I find funny? What did I used to do that nurtured me and relaxed me to the point that I felt good afterwards? Who do I enjoy being around that is a stress reliever to me? Here is the important question that only you can really answer: WHY HAVE I STOPPED DOING THINGS THAT MAKE ME LAUGH AND FEEL GOOD?
Laughter and play are important keys to your health, growth, and relationships. They are the fabric that holds us together as families. Laugher and play are also the tools that will bring creativity and success for busy entrepreneurs. You need jump-start your creative juices and allow the kid to come out and play and see possibilities instead of dead ends.
Create a Great Day!