I have yet to meet anyone who has read Oola: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World or attended an OolaPalooza who doesn’t get that there are sometimes unbalanced seasons as you begin to actively pursue a life “in balance”. There is an understanding that there are times when we need to “hustle” in order to achieve the goals we have set for ourselves.
There are many people who assume that a balanced and growing life is unattainable. When these people hear about the concept and principles of Oola, or when they see the words “life in balance” it can sometimes present an objection; a life in balance is NOT possible.
I’d like to talk a little about #MyOolaJourney and explain what I call ‘the hustle’, from my perspective. I will try to address the above stated objection before your mind begins to go there.
As difficult as it might seem, a life in balance is possible. It’s about consistent application, its about living with intention, its about setting goals, its about dream building, its about acknowledgment, its about accountability AND its also about ‘hustle’!
Does this mean each key area of your life (the 7 F’s: fitness, finance, family, field, faith, friends, and fun) needs equal attention, equal time, and equal effort all the time? Absolutely not! This assumption might be based on something read or experienced while previously pursuing balance. I would like to set the record straight concerning the ‘balance’ that Oola talks about; the balance I have found since applying OolaPrinciples.
I’m going to be pretty transparent with you. In my younger adult years, my life was pretty much always out of balance. I remember a conversation I had with one of my old mentors, where he actually described me as a ‘swinging pendulum’ (Yikes!). Swinging from one passion to another. Sometimes, something that tugged on my heartstrings could give me the momentum to swing; other times it could be guilt, anger or even just pure spontaneity. What I learned looking back was it’s never a good thing when important things get abandoned.
Think about the people you know and perhaps admire. You admire them because they are usually successful at something you value. They may be successful in filed or finance, perhaps they exhibit that picture of ultimate fun, or they have lots of friends or have the family you always dreamed of. Or you may admire those in top physical shape (fitness), or those who have ultimate awareness and spirituality (faith). Are they living Oola? Are they experiencing “that state of awesomeness, balanced and growing in all 7 key areas of life”?
Understanding the importance of hustle, and the difference between using or abusing its power, is key to achieving and sustaining your #OolaLife. It’s not helpful to hustle when you put all of your time and effort into one or two areas and then ignore the rest. We all know people who do this. They are likely rich, but have broken families, or have wonderful families, but are poor like church mice. They are spiritual leaders, but are lazy and obese. They are super fit and never take time off to have a little fun, or enjoy that donut(you might have to read the book to understand the significance of donuts in the world of Oola). Don’t confuse this as success; real success is enjoying ALL aspects of an #OolaLife, a life in balance.
Hustle isn’t just required when you are trying to reach personal goals either. Hustle is often required during peak times in your career, during short-term projects, major launches, when you’re about to reach a large goal or even during downturns. It’s much easier to manage if you can recognize that you are in a hustle season and accept it. Having a bad attitude during a busy time when you are needed most by your family or company “because you are looking for balance”, often means someone else is going to have to hustle twice as much.
I’m in a season of hustle right now. I am juggling 2 businesses, helping one get off the ground and managing my career. My oldest child is graduating college and my youngest is starting kindergarten. We are staging and selling our house (try living in a staged house with four kids), while my husband is working & living in another city! This weekend we are traveling to see if we can find another house and are considering an investment property to boot. I’m adamant on preparing healthy meals while focusing on OolaFitness, but fitting in exercise with an injured foot and bad back has been a challenge. I’m spending time with my closest friends (albeit not enough), and my kids would take more of my time if they could, but I’m far from absent. I’m being intentional about spending time in daily meditation. I’ve been managing my recently injured brothers affairs, blogging, and I’m trying to finish my book...just to mention a few things! Please understand that I’m NOT complaining. I’m just being real. I am also FULLY aware that I’m not the only who is juggling life. I am in a state of hustle, and maybe you are too! PLEASE don’t despair; you don’t need to hustle forever. It’s a season and it’s one you can actually get excited about. These seasons often mean that you are close to reaching a major goal!
#MyOolaJourney has taught me a number of things about understanding huslte:
HUSTLE is necessary - Don’t feel overwhelmed or guilty when it happens…it just means there are some areas in your life that need more attention for a time.
HUSTLE is tiring – It’s absolutely necessary to recognize when you are in a season of hustle that you need to continue with your personal self-care, so you don’t burn out. It’s a perfect time to recognize that things don’t need to be perfect, just “good enough”. (I’ll do a blog on this soon). It’s also a great time to implement a priority system.
HUSTLE is temporary – This is not an excuse to burn out. This is when you recognize you are close to reaching a goal, and you put all you have in it for a time.
HUSTLE takes you over the finish line – Just like a sprint at the end of a race, sometimes you just need to push yourself a little bit harder than usual to get over the finish line.
Don’t use hustle as a reason to be a swinging pendulum. Recognize you are in it, and then intentionally set your priorities. You won’t get everything you want completed, but you will get the important stuff attended to.
My trick is to sit down with a pack of sticky notes, a felt tip and a white board and apply the “Eisenhower Decision Principles”:
STEP 1: Create a small matrix or 4 columns
1. Urgent & Important (Do right away)
2. Not Urgent BUT Important (Plan to get to ASAP)
3. Urgent but NOT Important (Delegate)
4. Not Urgent or Important (Reschedule)
STEP 2: Write down everything you need to get done, even the little things on those sticky notes. Make sure you have at least one action item in each of the 7 F’s that will allow you to keep important things in check.
STEP 3: Place the sticky notes in each of the columns to help prioritize during the hustle.
Take a look at that list and start at the top. Anxiety will set in if you aren’t able to complete some of those tasks, so once you get one done, remove it and put it at the bottom of your board.
Being intentional about where you are spending your most valuable commodity, your time, is essential to getting your #OolaLife, but especially during times of hustle.
Ready? Set… Go!