I’ve got to confess: I am becoming increasingly allergic to the idea of ‘hustle’. Now hear me out before you click on…
Let me first say that I DO absolutely believe in hard work. Yup, check, signed up to that one FOR SURE.
However, I DO NOT sign up for being seen to be busy, to the point that I burn out, get sick, start making silly mistakes because my brain is so frazzled, or whatever the dickens else I’m doing to be seen to be successful and to try to outrun my personal demons.
Oh yes, I did that in the past- for YEARS- and it doesn’t work. You can run as hard as you like, you can let that ‘hustle’ taskmaster whip-crack you into an early grave and I certainly gave that my best shot.
I found it impossible to rest because time off equated to ‘laziness’. Worse than that, because I got things done, I was constantly asked to do more, which meant I would add to my over-loaded plate, because I didn’t want to let anyone down, and because I didn’t want to miss any opportunity.
Can you identify with me in that? It took me a good couple of serious bouts of illness that knocked me on my butt, before I started to wise up, catch my breath, and start making some changes.
Having worked hard to actually take care of myself so I can serve MORE, I’m a complete convert away from the hamster wheel of hustle.
Let me be clear: if we don’t take care of our health and guard our time, we will NOT have either.
* Lack of self-care WILL ultimately lead to burnout
* Lack of boundaries WILL lead to overwhelm. We can end up frustrated (if not downright bitter!) at how much we have to do. It may also make us resentful of how many other people seem to be coasting along with fewer responsibilities…
* It is NOT selfish to look after ourselves. Self-care is STRATEGIC. If you’re flat on your back sick and burnt out, you’re nowhere near able to serve as many people as you can if you ‘fit your own mask first’.
* It is NOT inevitable. ‘That’s just the way I am’ is a LIE. It’s NOT inevitable. You’re a human which means YOU CAN CHANGE- your brain is set up to do just that, it’s amazing. So if you want it, YOU can change!
Over to You
If you’ve been pushing yourself ‘hustling’ yourself to burnout, please please look at making changes before your health or your relationships suffer.
We were not designed to work 24/7.
We WERE created to take regular rest, to take time out, to have quiet space away to breathe deeply, pray (if you choose!), sleep, take a step back and have meaningful relationships. You have breath in your body and so change is possible for you. It’s not too late to change!
I’m currently obsessing over this… can you guess what type of class I’m working on?! Ha! I’m so passionate about it though, because I am a recovering queen of burnout and if I can help even one person avoid it and live a healthier paced, more satisfying life, then I want to do that!! Watch this space as I’ll have more details for you really soon.
In the meantime, do please share this with someone you know who needs to get freed from the hamster wheel of hustle!