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Effective People All Have Rhythm

By October 30, 2019Leadership

You can be the world’s worst dancer and still have good rhythm.

While I’m not sure how one gets crowned “the world’s worst dancer”, I have learned a few things about rhythm. In fact, I’ve learned more about rhythm than I have dancing – which, in the eternal scheme of things, has been a more beneficial path to take.

But to be honest, it has taken me over 25 years to get a good sense of rhythm.

In musical terms, rhythm is the placing of sounds within the space of time, creating a discernible pattern. It forms the foundation upon which the music is able to build and flow. The rhythm I’m talking about has nothing to with musical talent, eye-hand coordination, or the ability to keep steady time on the drums.

Ironically, you could be a fantastic bass player that holds the rhythm together for the rest of the band and still have outrageously poor rhythm in the rest of life.

As I’ve observed successful people over the years, I’ve noticed they all had good rhythm. To be even more precise, they had good rhythms. They had developed healthy patterns that formed the basis for their learning and development. Through steady and consistent practice, these rhythms encouraged growth rather than restricted it.

Top athletes rely on more than natural talent alone to succeed. They recognize the need for good practice habits, exercise routines, and a disciplined diet — the rhythms that are required to sustain performance.

The power of compound interest lies in the regular investing (and reinvesting) in the assets that will produce a good return. Getting into the rhythm of investing is the key.

Without healthy rhythms, our ability to tackle new challenges is severely limited. In reality, our ability to even hold together the basic day-to-day necessities becomes difficult to do. This doesn’t mean we don’t have rhythms – we likely have the wrong rhythms (habits and patterns) that, left unchecked and unchallenged, will continue to produce unhealthy results.

But let’s go back to music for a moment.

Musically, it’s possible to have rhythm without melody. You can keep a steady beat with nothing else layered on top of it. But melody needs rhythm to exist. When harmony and melody are combined, rhythm forms the underlying structure that holds them together.

No offense to drummers and bass guitarists, but the beauty of life lies in the melodies. It’s found within the soaring notes or the melancholy emotion that connects with us at a heart-level.

But without rhythm, there is no melody.

How often do we desire to see the melody of life soar but we haven’t put in place the correct patterns to support the new heights we want to achieve? If we want more harmony in life, it’s rhythm that holds things together.

This is true individually, in marriage, as well within teams and organizations.

You may never be invited to join Dancing with the Stars, but you can develop the rhythms you need to live a more effective, successful life.

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