Life is full of magical moments. While one can argue that magic isn't real another can argue that it is, it all boils down to perspective. What's your take?
Me? Magic is real. No, I'm not talking about the magic you see in movies or even the illusions you see on stage, rather I'm talking about those moments that, when you really look at them, are what makes everything else worthwhile. Sometimes we lose those perspectives when we lose ourselves in our work, I'm guilty of the same, more often than I care to admit.
I started thinking about this as I awoke this morning, laying in bed my mind began to wonder. As usual I grabbed my cell phone from my night stand and started looking through emails, status updated, tweets and a bunch of other stuff I don't care to bore you with. Then I thought about yesterday and the fun my family and I had as we visited Elitch Gardens in Denver, CO.
I work hard. I tell myself that I do it so my wife and kids can have it better than I had, that's the truth by the way, I do it for them. But sometimes I lose sight of that and put work before them, even during the times when it's just suppose to be them and me. You see, I cheat on them in my mind and because of that I lose some of the magic that we make together.
My mind wonders, I'm a thinker, and just about everything I see, think, read, or do I think about how it can apply to business. Yes, I often get lost in my thoughts, even during those magical moments when everything should be focused on them. I let go of all that yesterday, I even commented to my wife, Emma, that it felt good just to relax as I pushed everything business out of my head. After yesterday I believe in magic even more than I did the day before.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not THAT bad, I spend time with my family, Saturdays being family day around the Johnson household, a day that we spend together, enjoying one another. The point I'm trying to make is that there is a reason why each one of us do what we do. There is a reason why we work hard and play less and less each day. Whatever that reason is, focus on it. Take time out of work and create magic.
Yesterday, at Elitch Gardens, which happens to be both a theme park and a water park, I locked my cell in a locker as my daughter and I headed over to the Super Slide. She was a little scared but was comforted by the fact that I was there with her. As we walked up the sixty thousand steps to the landing, we spoke about nothing in particular, the further up we went though, I could tell she was getting a little more nervous. Once we reached the top though and we took our respective places on adjacent slides she didn't even think about it when we were told go, she just went for it.
That's the magic I'm talking about. I don't think she would have done it on her own. She did it because I was there. She did it because she gained the strength to master her fears because I was by her side. She did it because I took time off from my own thoughts and gave everything to her. Yesterday we had a blast.
Do you have magic in your own lives? Magic being those moments when you take off your business hat and remember why you do what you do. For me, it's family. Why do you do what you do?
Some of you will say that you like what you do and want to do it all the time. I really enjoy what I do too, but feel I am better at it when I focus on why I do it. You see, it's the why that sustains me. It's the why that keeps pushing me in the right direction. It's the why that makes me effective.
What's your why? How can you focus on it as much as you focus on business? I assure you, if you do spend time focusing on your why, even if it's just one day a week, your business life will reap the benefits. It's all about renewed vigor and clarity of thought. Let the magic happen.