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Have You Found Your Rhythm of Life and Success?

The former executive director of a successful nonprofit agency now content specialist, Cynthia writes about a variety of researched topics.

Your rhythm of life is as unique and special as the ebb and flow of the tide.

Your rhythm of life is as unique and special as the ebb and flow of the tide.

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.


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.

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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.

Do you believe there is a rhythm to life and to your success? Your comments are always welcome.

Did Patty Duke's Title Character, Billie, Have the Answer?

© 2013 Cynthia B Turner


Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on April 04, 2016:

Hello ChitrangadaSharan, Thank you for reading this hub. I had written it a few years ago and wanted to share it again, particularly since the recently deceased actress Patty Duke's early film, Billie, made an impression on me with the idea of following rhythm of life and is an important part of this hub.

Thank you for your positive comment. Take care!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on April 03, 2016:

What a beautiful hub!

Finding the rhythm is very important to live a life of harmony and you described it beautifully in this hub.

Follow your inner voice and instinct---It is always right!

Thank you for sharing!

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on February 10, 2013:

Hello Rajan, I definitely believe there is a rhythm to life. I can look back and see when my rhythm was "off" I didn't do very well. Now I know to listen to that inner rhythm and follow it as best I can in order to succeed and know balance.

Thank you so much for your votes! Take care.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on February 09, 2013:

Very well written! There is an order and rhythm to life and yes to success as well. It is imperative one finds this rhythm, this song or beat to achieve it.

Voted up and beautiful.

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on February 05, 2013:

I am so glad you can use this to help in your pursuits. There is no better affirmation of my writing than your positive comments here! Thank you so much for the votes.

Take care and have a creative day.

Olde Cashmere on February 04, 2013:

I've been re-inspired lately to pursue my talents and interests. This article was just that something extra I needed to keep my momentum. Thank you for this brilliance Cyndi. Voting up and rating useful, awesome, beautiful, and interesting :)

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on February 04, 2013:

I'm so glad you found some truths in this hub. Capitalizing on those energy and creativity peaks makes the ideas come easier, I find. In fact I'm irritated with myself if I'm not able to take advantage of those peak times for some reason.

I appreciate your positive comments! Have a creative week!

Shining Irish Eyes from Upstate, New York on February 04, 2013:

Outstanding "theory" and one that truly is unique to us all. Everyone has their own rhythm - mine is similar to yours as I am a morning person and do my best work then. I hadn't realized I was living within my rhythm until reading this masterpiece of a hub.

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on February 01, 2013:

Hello Paula, Thank you for your comments. I truly appreciate them.

I don't know how popular Bille was when it came out, but I saw it when I was a little girl and I really liked it. The concept of the "beat" actually stuck with me.

I like Turn the Beat Around also. It will be with me all day today. :-)!!!

Take care!

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on February 01, 2013:

Hello Christy, I hope this helps others. The more we know about ourselves, the better our lives. If we stop trying to listen to the beat of others and listen to our own, we be so much closer to that harmony you speak of. Take care.

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on January 31, 2013:

What a beautiful hub, Cyndi. Finding the rhythm is so important to living a life of harmony... You will help many people with this one. Vote up, beautiful, and sharing it too.

Suzie from Carson City on January 31, 2013:

Cyndi.....This is excellent....I really like this hub. Your writing talents definitely shine through. The concept of having our own unique rhythm/beat is marching to the beat of a different drum.

I enjoyed the "Billie" video......Can't believe I never saw this back in the '60's..nor ever even heard of this musical. I'm surprised, because I love musicals and usually saw every last one.

The tune going though my head at the moment is Gloria Estafan..."Turn the Beat Around." to hear percussion...UP+++

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on January 29, 2013:

Good morning to you, Frank. Dowop, dowop, dowop...right? I'm glad you took a look at this. Lots can throw us off that rhythm, but you have to listen to that inner beat to tackle those goals. That's one of the reason I wrote this, to remind myself to keep with the beat. Take care.

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on January 29, 2013:

WooHoo! Like the song "I found the rhythm in me." At least I think that's how it goes. Thanks so much for the comment and for sharing. Have a great one.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on January 29, 2013:

Cyndi I believe.. can't sing and if you ain't got that swing...:) LOL a very good and well written hub.. finding the rhythm is key.. knowing you have something to look for is goal setting ..a very good hub

Michelle Liew from Singapore on January 28, 2013:

I agree. When we are out of sync with ourselves, others and the world, it is hard to generate success! Let's all get in the rhythm! Sharing!

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on January 27, 2013:

I like the comment you have written! Thanks so much for taking a look at my article. Take care.

Jaspal Singh from India / Australia on January 27, 2013:

It's really great writing. Life as a whole is rhythm. It's ORDER. What ever is visible in this universe obey the order of Universe, and if we remove one by one what ever is visible, we will find one rhythm left. We all have that rhythm deep in our souls. Feeling that rhythm and following it in our life can make miracles.

Cynthia B Turner (author) from Georgia on January 27, 2013:

Hi Sue,

I'm so glad you took a moment to read and comment. I'm especially glad it struck a chord with you. :-) It takes slowing down and really listening to what our bodies, heart and even our "intuition" is telling us to realize that rhythm I think and that is very hard for many.

Thank you so much for voting and sharing.

Sueswan on January 27, 2013:

Hi Cyndi,

I loved this one. I think we have to march to our own drummer. We have to listen to our own internal rhythm that comes from our heart and soul.

Voted up and away and sharing

Take care :)

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