Every morning when I wake and check my e-mails, text messages, and social media sites, I usually receive a notification from a friend, gym buddy, or colleague in the chiropractic profession.
My life is not balanced, and when I work hard to accomplish a goal, such as training for an Ironman or building a business, it takes time away from other important things I value in my life.
People typically want to know how I have time to:
- Run a successful chiropractic clinic
- Train for my second Ironman while having a five-month-old baby
- Write a book
- Perform my Eliteness Tour with 15 seminars in 2015
- Blog every week
- Spend time with my wife
- Perform monthly webinars and podcasts
- Travel regularly
These are the things people see in my life and cause them to ask, “How does he get all of this done, and how does he keep his life balanced?”
On the outside it appears that my life is balanced. I get a lot done, however, I only saw my daughter go to bed four nights last week because I was too busy training for my Ironman the other three nights. I have not had a date night with my wife in almost four weeks due to the crazy nature of our schedules.
I am not looking for sympathy, as this is the life I have chosen, but I am human. I hear people who are envious of those on TV, on stage, or in the media, but those public figures are human and have imperfections and imbalances as well.
It’s very easy to look at people on the outside and think how great their life may be and how much they have it together, but we all have things we need to work on.
If you want to accomplish your dreams professionally and personally, understand that you will need to make sacrifices. If you want to spend tons of time with your family, and you also want to write a book, get in great shape, and start a new business, then family time will be sacrificed.
I wrote this article for those who ask me, “How do I get so much done?” The answer: I sacrifice a lot. Getting so much done comes with sacrificing my time with my newborn, wife, and friends. It comes with sacrificing sleep and social activities. Getting everything done is not hard, but it requires a lot of work and perseverance.
I understand that many of you may not want to do a marathon, Ironman, write a book, or build a big business, but for those who want to know how I balance or get it all done, it begins with sacrifice. We all have the same amount of time in a day, so for those who want to set massive, crazy goals, what are you willing to sacrifice?
Below is my current schedule until I complete my Ironman in September 2015.
Monday Work (6:30 AM – 6:30 PM)
Workout (7:00 PM – 8:30 PM)
Tuesday Work on Book (8:00 AM – 12:00 PM)
Work (1:00 PM – 6:30 PM)
Workout (7:00 PM – 8:30 PM)
Wednesday Work (6:30 AM – 6:30 PM)
Thursday Work (6:30 AM – 6:30 PM)
Workout (7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Friday Day OFF
Saturday Work (6:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Workout (1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Sunday Workout (7:00 AM – 1:00 PM)
My family, work, and health are extremely important. The key when looking at your own life is looking at your current priorities and putting your effort toward them. Currently, a top priority for me is completing Ironman in September 2015, and I know once this is complete that I will be able to move efforts to other high priorities, such as spending time with my wife & daughter.