I was at the WestJet carousel in Calgary at the end of my trip standing in line to pick up my luggage with everyone else on my flight back from Vancouver. I asked a guy standing in line with me, is Calgary home for you? He replied “yes, I was in Vancouver for a week vacation”. He asked me where I was coming from. I told him I was heli- boarding outside of Prince George. He thought that was really cool and extreme. I asked him what he was doing in Vancouver. He said, “just a quick vacation, it was great to get away from the snow and just walk in the rain and escape from reality. It allowed me to clear my head and become much more productive and creative upon my return”. It allowed him to simply unplug from his busy work schedule in Calgary.
I thought his response was interesting because both of our activities were are at two ends of the spectrum, walking in the rain and heli-boarding, but both activities had the exact same positive outcome for each of us. For me I completely unplugged from work life reality there was no distractions like phone calls, TV or traffic. There was the adrenaline and cool sensation of blasting through unlimited untracked powder for 5 days which put a permanent grin on my face and recharged my batteries. As I was coming down the mountain on my last run blasting through the powder I said to myself….I will be coming back next year for yet another experience.
What do YOU do to unplug and recharge so when you return home you too can be more productive and creative in your life? Have you taken the time to design your ideal life?
Many people see these activities as an expense. I see them purely as an investment in yourself. I feel experiencing fun activities results in me being better for myself which ultimately allows me to be better for everyone (family, friends, colleagues, clients, the community etc.) I interact with in life, a win- win. It’s an investment that pays you back multiples of the cost in more productive work and experiences that are priceless. These experiences should motivate you to set another goal or activity again making your life continuously more fulfilling as you move forward. I believe you should be essentially living into your ideal life TODAY with the goal to ensure that you enjoy the ultimate in wealth…more discretionary time to do the things that are most important to you…now…not in some magical future.