There is a often implied concept that success has to be difficult. That only the busiest people achieve the most in life. I’d like to suggest that perhaps focused ease creates success. What if you chose the perspective that knowing what your goals are, working specifically towards that with ease built in to processes and space between processes. Ease allows time for the things that matter, for walks in the autumn leaves or space to consider the joy of a sunset in Fall.
What if through time to create, play, and fellowship, your ability to synergistically engage rose much higher as you experienced ease in your schedule? Isn’t it important to know what fuels you? Time and time again I experience entrepreneurs and owners work harder and harder towards an unnamed end. They accelerate systems, they focus harder, they engage less with anything outside their heavily focused future. Too often, too much is continuously maintained, brought forward and the machine of progress gets bogged down from pulling too many cars of unfocused activities that are all pulling from different directions without rest.
Alas, today is the day we have. If we are spending our days on tomorrows the price of success may simply be too high. Each of us daily have the ability to create space for ease in our lives. Perhaps the ease is clearing space in front of you while you write or work. Perhaps the ease is planning your meals for the week so you do not have to think about how to pull dinner together for your family. Perhaps the ease is knowing you are best suited to do xyz while someone else does the items you loathe or that no longer bring opportunity to your processes, but are components worth the hire so you can gain ground only you can bring to the table.
Ease allows space for perspectives to be explored, experiences to be engaged. When we are so busy and directed that one cannot listen to your own heart, examine your spirit as you go through life, your personal navigational truths are ignored. Tasks may be complex, but often the most meaningful ones are simply executed consistently, they are not hard, they are sequenced, or time sensitive, which requires ease in schedule and the ease to say “I need this time daily, weekly, or consistently” and that doesn’t happen without permission to hold space in your life it.
Have you pushed yourself too far, too many times and missed the events that mattered to you? Ease allows you to say “not today” “I need rest” or “wish I could but this night’s for my family and I” after all, if you’re not advancing your goals for the reasons you do, why do them at all? Being fully present is a feat in this modern day age of 24/7 electronic interrupts and immediacy expectations. Isn’t it important to know you can simply say “not today” or “I’d be glad to talk with you at 10 am if your productivity clock says you do your best writing at 8 am. Create ease by protecting the times of day you are at your best to do the work you do while engaging others with less required energy for those times calls must be returned, new considerations given. Not ready to make decisions on the spot? Choose the ease of a new expectation for yourself that “I’ll look forward to this decision, I’ll let you know by xyz” building in the time to decide, check in with those meaningful to you, and time to consider the implications of the “yes” or the “no thank you.” Ease, knowing your own boundaries and choosing to enforce them.
Ease. It’s a powerful fuel to support your life. It doesn’t require complex considerations or the storms of life to pass to enact, but simply awareness of where you are, what would make this easier or more smoothly experienced and the willigness to value your own peace.