You're Sabotaging Yourself by Working Too Hard

Rise and Grind!
No Days Off!
Work Hard, Play Hard.

Those used to be my mantras for my body and my business.

I would be up early, pushing hard in the gym, eating a super strict “clean” diet, working 18-hour days for 5 or 6 days out of the week. I convinced myself that this was “good” behavior, that it was necessary in order for me to be the best that I could be and to create the freedom that I wanted in my life.

Freedom is why I became an entrepreneur. Freedom is why I dieted obsessively.

The desire to feel free to do what I want with my time and to have the finances to afford me that option is one of the main things that drives me.

Ironically, the way that I was acting was anything but free.

Being in hustle mode, grinding it out, no days off, in massive action is the way that we have been taught that we need to earn our success. It has become a set-point in our bodies and our psyches—so much so that when we think we aren’t doing enough, we go out and create more hustle and struggle for ourselves.

But just because it is normal, doesn’t mean it is natural. In fact, if you take a look at nature, you will see that it is actually very unnatural.

→ In nature, every period of expansion is counteracted with a period of contraction.
→ For energy exerted, there is a space for replenishment.
→ Every season is a necessary part of the cycle, but there is really only harvest in one or two.

One of the 12 Universal Laws is the Law of Rhythm, also called the Law of Perpetual Motion, which states that all energy is constantly in motion, moving in cycles that form the rhythm of the universe.

Right now there is an awakening going on in the collective consciousness of the world. We are realizing that the old way of doing things—the pushing, forcing, and struggle—is not serving us. It may get us what we think we want in terms of external results, but it doesn’t guarantee it will feel the way we want it to. Adrenal fatigue, burnout, and even suicide rates are on the rise because we are pushing too hard, addicted to the struggle, and not giving ourselves the necessary space to refresh and reset.

So we need to return to the natural way of doing things. And that requires us to find balance in our lives. It requires us to be dedicated, take massive inspired action, never give up on our goals, but also to relax and replenish, to receive, to take care of our mental, physical, and emotional health.

It may sound like doing things this way will take more time, time which you can’t afford.
It may sound counter-intuitive, like you will get less done and make less money and less of an impact.
It may sound like the results will be mediocre.

But it’s actually the opposite. The extra long hours, the guilt when you take time off, the neglecting of your holistic health and your relationships are contributing to your depletion.

When you are depleted, you aren’t showing up as your best self. You aren’t as creative, you aren’t as sharp and adaptable, you aren’t as quick on your feet, you don’t have the same clear access to your intuition, you don’t have the emotional intelligence to deal with others because your own emotions and needs are neglected.

In short, the rise and grind, no days off lifestyle is sabotaging your success. It is sabotaging your physical, emotional, and mental health, and it is sabotaging your happiness.

If you don’t believe that you can have success while living a balanced life, then you need to work on your beliefs.

If you don’t believe that you can feel free in the process of creating the physical and financial freedom you crave, then you need to work on your beliefs.

If you don’t believe that taking time off, being more boundaried and intentional with your action will actually create more momentum in your life, then you need to work on your beliefs.

Beliefs can be changed. The laws of nature can’t. It’s time to return to nature.

If you are ready to upgrade your beliefs AND the way you spend your days in your business, schedule a free possibility call to see if coaching is the right path for you.