I went skiing in Vermont yesterday.
I highly recommend skiing on Wednesdays. Or any other weekday.
Totally different experience without the hordes of weekend warriors.
I remember years ago, when I was still tied to the Hard Work + Productivity = Only Path to Success formula where I would allow myself a day of midweek skiing, but then start to feel guilty on the ride home.
Who was I to take ANOTHER day off?
Who was I to deserve such freedom?
Shouldn’t I have spent the day working like everyone else instead of having fun?
These thoughts would knock around my head for a few minutes, but usually by the time I’d get home, I’d be basking in the glory of the day on the mountain.
And here’s the kicker…
When I’d get home and check my messages (I turn all that stuff off when I’m out), very often there’d be something very cool waiting for me.
Eager new clients. Sign-ups for an offering. New coaching club members. Unexpected money from somewhere. A cool invitation…
I’ve seen this enough times to know that ALLOWING MYSELF TO HAVE FUN IS MORE PRODUCTIVE THAN MOST ANYTHING I DO.
I mention this because I just checked my book sales from yesterday.
My book sells about 2-3 copies a day.
I don’t do much of anything to make those sales happen. They just do. And I like that.
Yesterday, on a day during which I did nothing but enjoy myself, my book sold 15 copies.
(And there was a nice chunk of money sitting in my inbox from some other stuff.)
This always happens to me.
And I love it.
It happens because I no longer equate money or success or being responsible with hard work/ productivity.
I’ve abandoned that formula.
I revel in fun and freedom.
I understand WHY people still believe in the old way. That’s all anyone is ever taught.
But I hope you make the following connection, because if you really embrace it, it can change your life…
Whatever you believe, you are always right.
So if you believe you have to work hard to get what you want, my friend, you are SO RIGHT.
Me? I’m in love with my belief that the MOST PRODUCTIVE THING I CAN EVER DO IS TO HAVE FUN.