Being inspired and passionate is difficult and it’s not always on the tip of your tongue for you to share with the world nor is it necessarily present when you need it. It’s not possible to go out into the world with your mind and heart open for the world every time. There are going to be bad days, good days, and great days; learn from the bad days, share your good days, and fuel you passion on the great ones! The ebb and flow of opening your heart and mind is what allows you to grow. By opening up, you bring in the new knowledge and experience; but you have to allow them to close so that you can process them into new life stories. Eventually, you’ll open up a bit more each time and close a little bit less.
We each have different zones that help us do what we do. We have the office (productivity zone), home (decompression zone), vacation (relaxation zone), and my favorite place, the home-away-from home (inspiration/me zone). Each zone is a product of a state of mind that you create when you’re in the respective zone. When you go to work in the morning, you step into production mode because you have a list of things that need to be accomplished before you can call it a day. Home is the decompression zone because you can relax and unwind from the day’s productivity. Vacations are you’re time to relax, be with family and friends and not worry about having to produce. These zones are part of your daily, weekly, monthly, annual cycle and we transition efficiently enough between them.
The underappreciated zone is the inspiration/me zone. The most common excuse for avoiding this zone is “there’s just not enough time.” This is the zone that creates your dreams, you find your inspiration, and fuel your passion. This is where you open your heart and mind to find who you are. This is the core that drives the other zones to be the most effective. When you take time for yourself, you can establish how to utilize the other zones to move yourself closer to your dream. Your me zone needs to be place that you can imagine at any time, any place. For me, it’s Lake Tahoe. I can imagine it down to every detail: the distinct wind-chime in the breeze, the sun, the smell of the lake, and the indescribable sense of security.
Identify your zones, how do they fit together and which one dominates your life? Let me hear from you! Leave a comment below and follow me on Twitter @alexdbarba!
Tahoe (my own)