I’ve been driving my Jeep Wrangler these past three days… Some of my friends thought I was crazy driving it around in over 100 degrees temperature. I really didn’t care what they thought because this past Tuesday, I woke up feeling like I needed to do something different. You see, I’m all about routines. I wake up every morning before 6 pm (5:54 am to be exact), thank God for giving me another day, look to my left and see my significant other, get up and walk over to my pooch and give him some attention and love. I walk over to the kitchen to give the pooch his food, prepare coffee for my hunny and I, let the pooch in the backyard after inhaling his food to let him do his business, look at my vegetable bed to see how my tomatoes are doing then walk back inside the house to get ready for work. This has been my routine for the past 2 years that I lived in my house.
This past Tuesday, I felt the need to break the routine and change things a bit. The weatherman announced record breaking temperatures as well as Brush Fire Alert throughout LA County and SD County. As I sip on my coffee and while getting ready for work, I decided to put the top down of my Jeep Wrangler (I purchased last November as an early Christmas gift). Not sure why but I just had this “thing.” I pictured myself cruising down Willow Avenue on my way to work while listening to my favorite Hawaiian radio station… I dunno about you but it visually looked pretty darn cool (plus, I’m enjoying my new haircut).
So, I bid my pooch goodbye (for now) and headed to work early knowing that I have an uber busy day full of meetings and client follow ups.
These past few months have been such a busy ride. From Affordable Care Act enrollment deadlines, to client construction projects, the death of my last living grandmother who I adore deeply… I had to remind myself that I needed a break. That maybe, just maybe, taking the Jeep Wrangler (who I named Roadie) out for a spin is what I needed. These past few days of cruising down the streets, listening to my favorite Hawaiian jams reminded me of how life is important… how our well-being is important… our mind and soul needs a break once in a while. As a result, I booked over $20,000 in new accounts (in one day!), thought of amazing creative marketing ideas for one of my companies programs, and had a very nice mentoring session with one of my associates. On top of that, I’m also assisting one of my colleagues with a new marketing campaign he’s eager to get started.
I call this moment, My 11! Not a 10 but an 11! An 11 because it felt AWESOME! One of my mentors, Michael Jans, taught me what an 11 is all about. How having an 11 moment can really change the way you do things. It helps you recharge, refocus, and possibly even REINVENT yourself in the most creative way.
So I challenge you to find your 11 and share it with the world… HECK, SHARE IT WITH ME! Our culture/society gets in between and we forget about honoring ourselves.
Have an awesome Friday and hope you find your 11 like I did!