Breaking Free

By Rafael Caamano, BBA, MBA

During the last 12 months, I have observed a common trend, both in my personal and professional life, where we tend to get caught in an endless cycle of activities. While some of these activities are undoubtedly necessary and important, others may be less critical. In today’s digital age, where we are constantly connected through smartphones, tracking watches, and social media, finding time for anything else, especially ourselves, can be challenging.

Yes, ourselves. I have noticed that many of us are constantly busy, but not necessarily moving towards specific business goals or working on areas that truly matter. Instead, I see business owners dedicating their most precious asset, time, to entertain or chase things that may not be relevant or valuable to their businesses or themselves. It’s a vicious cycle that can leave us feeling overwhelmed and unfulfilled.

However, taking the time to step off the endless spinning wheel and investing in ourselves can be the key to becoming more effective, focused, and motivated not just in our businesses, but in our personal lives as well. It’s crucial to take control of our calendars and other distractions to create space for activities that truly enrich our spirits and minds, such as taking a walk, pursuing a hobby, spending time with family, or taking care of our pets.

After all, we are the main protagonists of our own lives, the captains of our ships, which gives us the power to have some control over our destinies. With approximately 665,000 hours left to live (though the exact number may vary for each of us), it’s essential to use our time wisely and prioritize what truly matters and that should be ourselves. Let’s make a conscious effort to invest in ourselves, take care of our well-being, and focus on what truly brings us joy and fulfillment. After all, we owe it to ourselves to make the most out of the limited time we have.

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