Have You Found Your Rhythm of Life and Rhythm of Success?
Can Finding the Rhythm of Life Equal Success?
Finding your own rhythm of life can be an important key to finding success, no matter your definition of success.
Just what is rhythm? Rhythm, when applied to music, is the tempo or the beat of a song. When applied to life it is the tempo or the flow of life events. Everyone has a rhythm. Some of us move through life swiftly and frenetically. Others take life a bit more languidly and "go with the flow." What is right for you?
When considering that being in sync with your rhythm of life as the key to success, I'm reminded of actor Patty Duke, when she starred as a teenager, Billie, who won track and field events by using a special trick: when she lined up at the starting blocks, she would "listen" for her song or beat to play in her head. This was before the days of headphones and "beats" by Dr. Dre.
You could see Patty Duke catch the rhythm as she came out of the blocks "synced" with the beat of the music in her head. This became the beat, the rhythm of her success. She listened to that rhythm as she ran the track. The result? She won the race or jumped the highest hurdle, time and again. She was so successful, the coach asked her if this special rhythm of success was a technique she could teach others.
Remember, this was before ipods. The rhythm was truly in her head; a creation of her mind. Look at the athletes today who seem to understand there must be a rhythm. Look at all the athletes with headphones as they head to their events. Can you say Michael Phelps? How about Gold Medals?
Can this be applied to the way you live your life? Do you have a rhythm for life - a rhythm for success? Have you found that inner song, the inner beat that buoys you along, helping you to conquer the the discordant notes, pushing you past your competitors or even just keeping you calm when life is tumultuous? Even the main character in the wildly popular television series, Breaking Bad, Walter White, thought there was a rhythm to life and to a way of achieving success. In one scene as he dismisses the new chemist who was potentially going to work with him to produce their product, he told the wannabe associate, "we're just not in rhythm. I'm more classical and you're...Well, you're jazz."
Finding your inner rhythm, finding your beat, if you will, can be a powerful tool for success. Even when life tosses in random discord that smooth rhythm is going to carry you along, just as it carried Patty Duke's character to the finish line.
Tapping into that rhythm is not easy. Unfortunately, it is probably not even recognized as a necessity by many. For Patty Duke's character, Billie - a feminist before the movement took hold - the goal was short term, although, if you watched this movie, there were lots of inferences to finding her rhythm off the track as well. For you, if you listen, if you pay attention, your rhythm will emerge as you uncover your strengths and act on them.
Sunrise and sunset follows the rhythm of the earth around the sun. Spring turning to Summer, followed by Fall and then Winter, is the rhythm nature follows in the passage of time. Waves breaking on the rocks or ebbing across the sands follows a rhythm of the ocean's currents. The beat of a hummingbird's wings follow a natural rhythm and the hummingbird maintains flight. Rhythm. They are all accomplished by a rhythm. Break the rhythm and the natural flow is disrupted, the rhythm becomes discordant and you have a cacophony of sound, rather than a symphony.
So, what is your rhythm? Compare it to a symphony of highs and lows, of soft, melodic instruments beautifully played and harsh, poorly played instruments that unnerve rather than sooth. After all, life is all about using all the tools available to you. Include finding your rhythm for success. What is your rhythm? Do you have a symphony that is well tuned and in harmony with who you are, with what your talents, passions and interests are? Or are you playing with discordant notes that are disruptive and interfere with your success, blocking you from finding what you most want in this lifetime? Are you classical or are you jazz?
When you attain your rhythm of life, it will be hard to shake it and you certainly won't want to.
Did Patty Duke's Title Character, Billie, Have the Answer?
Do You Have the Rhythm?
Finding your rhythm is not necessarily about actually hearing a beat in your head, but it is about recognizing that your life has an ebb and flow that many times depends on your recognition of your talents, your interests and your pursuits.
Your rhythm also has to do with paying attention to your personal energy flow. This means you recognize when you are at your peak of creativity, of strength or mental acuity. As much as it is possible, arrange your day to coincide with the peaks and valley of your day, with the cadence of your day.
For instance, some writers are more creative and productive in the early morning. I'm one of them and I get up early to take advantage of that time when my brains seems more in sync with creativity. Towards evening, my energy wanes and I would prefer to do nothing that requires "brain work." Evening becomes the best time to exercise, walk the dog or even clean the house. However, I get another surge of creativity and energy late night and I make every effort to capitalize on that surge, as well. This is quite simply paying attention to my circadian rhythm.
What resonates with you? What is your passion? Recognizing your talents and passion will also point the way to your rhythm in life.
Find balance. Be still. Listen for the beat that emerges. Meditation is an excellent tool to use. This may take a few days, maybe even months, of introspection to find your inner rhythm. Once found, it may take some time for you to integrate it into your life and ultimately find the success you seek.
The point is, you can find, even change, the rhythm of you life but like the songwriter, you must be purposeful and deliberate. And when notes sound "off" or you don't feel they fit, you must change or eliminate those notes.
Live the music in you - sweetly and in harmony with the rhythm of the universe.
Even if you don't readily hear music (and few of us do) you must start with who you are and what is important to you. Then, align your vision with your goals and work towards them. Recognizing that there is a rhythm to your life and paying attention to it, will help you achieve the success you seek.
Copyright: Cynthia Turner, 2013
Do you believe there is a rhythm to life and to your success? Your comments are always welcome.