The Entrepreneur Daily series are blog posts that I write when I am working on my side business. My goal is to write a post every day when I am in “entrepreneur mode” and actively working on my business, talking about what I’m grateful for and what I’m working on. In a perfect world, that would be every single day, but in my reality, I work on my business in spurts. I’ve accepted this as my reality for now and hope to improve going forward. This is my entrepreneur journal, to document where I am today.
What I’m Grateful For
Today I’m grateful for youth soccer. My oldest daughter has been playing soccer for years and she loves it. I coached her on our local recreational league teams for the first 6 years. After that, she moved on to a local travel team. I call it travel, but it just means that we play teams from other local towns.
Yesterday was a game for my daughter’s team. I love watching her play. I get so invested in the outcome. Not as much as when I was coaching (I hate to lose), but still very into the games.
At times I have been critical of my daughter’s performance, telling her what she did wrong as a way to help her improve. But I have realized that this is no fun for anyone. It sucks the life and fun out of the game. And it’s a game.
Now I let my daughter recap the game and tell me what she thought. I listen. The comments I add are about how cool this play was or how this one pass or one shot looked great. I ask her if she had fun. I ask her to tell me what she enjoyed the most.
Odds are that my daughter never plays soccer at a high level. If she does, it will be her choice and her determination that drives her to get there. I’ll be her cheerleader from the sidelines along the way.
Weekly Recap – Personal Finance
I continued working on my personal finances this week as part of my entrepreneurial journey. I need a solid base of finances before I jump into business items again full steam.
This week saw ups and downs with my daily goals. I made improvements overall, but I had setbacks later in the week. Here’s a quick list…
• Set automatic payments for debt – check
• Basic checklist items – check
• Calculate savings rate – fail
• Calculate savings rate (take two) – fail (again)
You can see that I only wrote posts on 4 days, not 5. I also didn’t meet my daily goal on the last couple of days. I hit the wall this week, mentally. I’ll explain below.
Next week I’m planning to move away from personal finances and into real estate investing.
What I Learned This Week
Rest is important. We all need a break from time to time. I’ve been running at full speed ahead recently, pushing myself to hit daily and weekly goals. The downfall of that plan is to never build in any rest.
Here is what usually happens to me, the life cycle…
• Oooo, that’s a great idea. I should start doing that TODAY!
• You know what, I can do that thing EVERY DAY…FOREVER!
• *Two weeks into new plan This is great, you know, sort of. It’s just that it takes so much to do every day. I never realized how hard this was going to be.
• *Three weeks in That thing WAS fun, but now it’s just more work.
By week four I’m usually burned out on the new thing. That means that I either stop the new thing completely or I hit the wall and try to keep it going somehow.
If I’m smart about these things I take on, I would build in some rest time. A time period where I step away completely, for a day, a few days, or even a week.
The most difficult thing to do is to step away, though. We are conditioned to push, push, push…never give up…quitters never win…when you are resting, the other guy is winning…I could go on and on with those mantras we’ve all heard. We are programmed to never give up and to never rest.
I’m not saying that I will change and actually build in the rest I need. It’s just that I remembered that we all need rest. My body lets me know when I’ve pushed too hard and need a break. My eyes get blurry and I can’t read anything anymore. My muscles get exhausted and won’t let me do that workout I was planning. My body shuts down at 8 pm and forces me to bed early.
This week was a combination of those things…I pulled a muscle in my back, so no weight lifting for a few days. I got mentally overwhelmed late in the week, so no writing or spreadsheet analyzing for a few days. My body had reached a breaking point, so it was time to step back.
I got some rest and hopefully it was enough, allowing me to push forward again next week. We’ll see how it plays out.
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