As you may be able to tell from my recent emails, my writing has taken on a rather different flavor lately…
Staying true to the name of my site, I guess you could say it’s “evolving”.
Not so much about the primitive “grinding shit out until the bitter end” approach that I used to live by (which does have it’s place)…
But more about learning to go with the flow of life in order to achieve your goals.
To be able to achieve success WITHOUT all the shitty stress, burnout, fatigue and sleep deprivation that so many unquestionably accept as a part of success.
You see, lately I’ve been questioning that “hustler” philosophy.
The one that says if I want to be successful and achieve my goals, I have to basically kill myself and sacrifice all enjoyment from my life to to get there.
Hmmmm, no thanks.
It has it’s place sure, learning to develop a good work ethic and get yourself moving is super important…
But that’s a short term strategy, and quickly ends up causing a lot more damage than it does good…
How do I know?
Well I spent the most part of the last 18 months in a state of sleep deprivation, ruthless self-accountability and living for the future…
I would get hard on myself simply for choosing to listen to music instead of reading an audiobook… because “every little bit counts”.
Lately I’ve been taking on a new approach, which doesn’t look all too different on the external (I’m still hustin’ away for hours a day), but my priorities have shifted, and it’s making allllll the difference.
So if you’re feeling like you’re in a state of burnout, fatigued and stressed, listen up my friend, this may be just what you need to turn things around…
The mindset shift is this:
The #1 priority of your day is to look after yourself (mentally, emotionally and physically), BEFORE you get to working on whatever needs working on.
Meaning sleep comes first, as does getting yourself out in nature, reading some kind of spiritual teaching and watching something simply for the sake of enjoyment…
It sounds counter-intuitive, but I’ve found my work and productivity to be BETTER since doing this.
Simply because I feel SO good, and (when I’m not riding myself until I’m cooked) I love working, that I naturally WANT to be working after I’ve spent the morning looking at tree’s, stretching and just taking the time to enjoy myself.
And whatever I do work on is of higher quality, simply because I’m rested and in a state of mind that is just peachy.
I work less than I used to, but I’m getting more done, and it is of a better quality.
Don’t believe the masochists who say that success is about “working until your eyes bleed” (or whatever variation they prefer)…
If you don’t enjoy the journey, you won’t enjoy the destination (at least not for long).
Stress is a sign of dysfunction, not strength.
So make sure you’re looking after yourself erry day, choose to listen to your body and it’s needs…
You’ll actually be able to enjoy your success then too.
All the best,
Ryan “Less is More” Kuchel