I am a huge advocate of helping people be the best that they can be, and step number one to get them there is to help them find balance in their lives. I feel so strongly about this that my first book was dedicated to showing the reader many different ways to find balance within oneself (Brian’s List – 26 ½ Easy to Use Ideas on How to Live a Fun, Balance, Healthy Life!). And you want to know how and why I ended up writing my first book? Well, the answer lies in a quote that says, “We are here to teach what it is we need to learn ourselves.” In a nutshell, I was going through a period in my life where I was feeling really out of balance and out of center; and I knew that I needed to do something about it.
In early 2008, I was struggling with the decision to leave the family business that I had been a part of for 12 years. Now for those who know me, I am a very driven person and this driven nature has served me well through the years (cross-country bicycling, triathlons, etc.). So, being the driven person that I was, I wanted to figure out why I was feeling out of balance and out of center. I decided I needed to do a couple of things. After some contemplation I realized that I was burned out from my job. I wasn’t fulfilled there, nor was I growing anymore. I knew it was time for a change. And I eventually left that position.
The second thing I did once I realized I was out of balance was to come up with a handful of ideas that I knew would keep me balanced and centered. I put on my self-awareness cap and wrote down five items on a piece of paper. From that day forward every time I began to feel out of balance or out of center, I would refer to my list:
Number #1 Drink enough water daily.
Number #2 Daily exercise.
Number #3 Get enough sleep each night.
Number #4 Spend some time each day alone to reenergize my system.
Number #5 Be creative. For me being creative means writing or playing my guitar.
This helped me out so much that I thought, “Hey, why don’t I expand the list and make it into a book to help others in the same way that I helped myself?” So that’s what I did, and I am so grateful that I moved forward and wrote the book. I learned a lot about myself in the process, met some amazing people during book signings and workshops, the book won a couple of awards (which I am still pinching myself over) and most importantly I know the book has helped others in the same way that I was able to help myself. It has been a grand experience all around. As I worked on and learned how to stay in balance, my path led me to help others do the same.
What is it that you are learning about yourself that you are supposed to teach others?