I just got back from Spain, my wife and I celebrated our 3rd anniversary there. It was a great trip full of amazing architecture, food, culture, and night life. However, while we were there, we both snuck in a little work. My wife shot some videos for a food brand that she is an ambassador for and I shot a few quick motivational videos for you. Usually we don’t work while on vacation, but we felt the need to share our experiences and learning while there.
I put them in my No More Nine to Nine group if you want to see them.
In the meantime, I want to share a blog post of a few things I learned while I was there, here’s a snippet of the post.
Here are 6 things I learned while in Spain:
1. Put yourself first. As you may know, Spain is a European country and many European countries have a different work style and life balance. They work hard but believe in their time being their time. In Spain, people work until about 2:00 pm then have a siesta (afternoon break from work) from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, then go back to work until about 8:00 pm or 9:00 pm. The goal is to take time to rest and relax and to beat the midday heat. What can you learn from this? Well, I doubt you can take a siesta in the middle of the day; if you can… great! What you can do is schedule time for yourself every day, whether it is first thing in the morning, over your lunch hour or after work, make sure you have time to relax, reflect, and to learn and grow.
2. Be adventurous. Spain is a place where you can take one wrong turn and end up in an amazing square or see a building that is 600 years old and still looks immaculate. You can run in the park and see different plants, sculptures, and structures that you may not have noticed before. You can choose to set out on an adventure and see where you end up and you will find so many hidden treasures and gems. You don’t have to be in Spain to be adventurous, try something new. Step outside of your comfort zone because that’s where growth truly happens. Make it a point to do something different at least once a month.
3. Be confident in yourself. What I noticed in Barcelona and Madrid is that people are unapologetic for who they are. You may have seen photos of people at the beach in Spain or other parts of Europe, people literally let it all hang out! Women wear tiny bikinis and men wear Speedos and they have no problem walking around regardless of their weight, body shape, or otherwise. That’s confidence! Am I saying you should put on a super small bikini or Speedo and head to the beach? If you want to. However, my point is you are who you are, you are unique and you need to be confident that you have something to offer this world. Be confident in who you are.
4. Ask for help. Sounds simple but you would be surprised how many people don’t ask for help when they need it. I got lost a few times in Spain and there were so many people who were ready and willing to help. This is a great reminder that many times we either suffer in silence or we simply need help but don’t ask. If you need help with anything, losing weight, getting out of debt, finding a new job, going back to school, starting a business or anything else, ASK FOR HELP. There will always be people willing to help.
5. Go with the flow. Spaniards are very chill and relaxed people. If something does not go their way they seem to find another way around it without panicking too much. I’m not saying all, but I encountered a few people in restaurants, visiting historic sites, in the train and in my travels who were having various degrees of issues and seemed to find another way. This is a good lesson for us all. We need to learn to use stress not let it use us. What I mean is, stress is a part of life but how you react to stressful situations is a choice. Sometimes things don’t go our way and we have to adjust or just accept it and move on, this is something we can all work towards in our lives.
6. Set BIGGER goals. The reason I ended up in Spain is that it was a place that my wife and I always wanted to travel to. We had dreamed of going one day, but one day was not coming, so we made a plan, saved money, did our research, booked the flights and went. I’ll be honest, it sounds more simple then it was. Of course we had to work hard to save money, of course, we had to take time away from our businesses and we had to stick to our plan, but that’s how you achieve your goals. Nothing work achieving is easy. What BIG goals do you have for yourself? Do you want to travel? Buy a house? Get married? Start a business? Or do something else? It all starts with writing it down, breaking it down into smaller tasks, taking action, and keep going until you get what you want.
Those are a few life-help tips I learned while in Spain.
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