When there’s a will there is a way has always been a phrase I believe in. I have my moments of cynicism, but I strive to be a glass half full kind of guy. My recent trip to San Francisco had an ebb and flow to it and I think much of it had to do with my positive mindset going in to this trip. I needed a vacation and to hit the refresh button. The past year has been all focus and drive working on my podcast and online business while maintaining a full-time job, etc. Good stress, but plenty of it. Nothing new to many, but in order to sustain the long haul, you have to take care of yourself and take breaks from time to time.
Everything about this trip was easy and enjoyable because I wanted it that way. Flights were on time, the train to the city was waiting when I reached the platform, my brother had just finished work when I arrived at the hotel so it was perfect timing for dinner. I met an internet friend in Los Gatos that was impromptu but we both had the identical window of time to meet as if we had planned it months ahead of time, but that was not the case. We said if it works out great, if not, no big deal. It could not have worked out better. Part of this vacation was to see two sold out Phish shows in San Francisco and I arrived with no tickets. I was not worried one bit as I knew I would find tickets even though the venue was very small and Phish has a loyal following. Mindset. Sure enough, 2 hours before showtime while enjoying some grub and laughs with old college friends, I get a text from a local I know that two tickets are on the way for me. Never a doubt. I put the feelers out and was patient. All good things in all good time.
The entire trip was effortless from flights on time to fitting in all the activities I wanted to do. What if life and business were like this? Can it be? Maybe. Good timing and flow can be partially the result of luck, but I never underestimate the power of positivity, perseverance and patience. I approached this trip with no stress or worries. No big deal if the flights were delayed, or I didn’t get tickets to the concert, I really was flexible and okay with whatever happened. I honestly think because I was so relaxed, I willed the good timing and flow without much effort. When we sweat the small things, negativity often gets amplified. There can be no fluidity when every pebble is a boulder.
It has taken me most of my life to understand what I’m good at and what I enjoy doing. It has taken me just as long to learn my strengths and weaknesses. One thing that has always been constant is my ability to stay calm and poised and to understand that some things are out of my control and that is okay. The reason I needed a vacation was because I was letting my to-do lists and content creation goals overwhelm me and I am self-aware enough to know that I strive when I keep an even keel pace and do what I can and know that things will get done. My trip was a success because I went with the current instead of swimming upstream, which was how I was starting to feel with my personal work. In whitewater rafting, we used to ‘follow the bubble line’ as that is where the current flowed the smoothest and the fastest. When you follow the bubble line, it is less work and you have greater success.
Whatever you are trying to achieve in life or business, pay attention to rhythm and flow. Everything we do is a give and take and once you acknowledge this dance, powerful things start to happen. What you think will happen will happen. It is not luck or coincidence, it is confidence and positive mindset working in unison. Enjoy the ride, it feels good.
My name is Mike Murphy, I’m a one man band and podcaster.
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