Dealing With the Rush of Life - Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys

By Sukh Singh, Associate Partner, Lighthouse International

"You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with."

- Wayne Dyer

You know that hectic, rushing, ridiculously fast pace you feel sometimes during a busy day?

When it seems like the only way to stay sane is to tackle as much as possible and you’ve got a whole mountain of stuff to get through?

Well, Grammy award-winning singer Alicia Keys can definitely relate, and speaks from a lot of experience with the advice she gives in the video below.

Balance Is Discipline & Discipline Is Balance

The irony is that by slowing down and taking time for ourselves, we can actually get a grip on things, make clearer decisions, focus better, maintain our energy and don't get so overwhelmed. It takes discipline to not give in to urgencies and demands. When you look at any legend, you’ll see they have the same 24 hours as you and I, but on the whole they’re more balanced, more measured and calmer with that time. They're OK with saying no to a phone call so that they can say yes to clearing their head to focus.

We'll always make time to eat, make time to hydrate and time to answer emails and so on. Even if it means doing it while you're on the train or while you're walking. Taking time to renew and get clear is just as important. But it takes discipline to say no to that phone call, and yes to yourself. It's a sign of really valuing yourself.

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    Alicia Keys image courtesy of Zoltán Szabó @ Flickr