Runway or Crash Course?
<alternate title: How to Work Ridiculously Hard and Live to Tell About It>
I have this feeling lately that I can't tell if I'm on a runway or a crash course. I can't tell if all of the ridiculous hard work is going to take off or end in a crumpled mess.
It's scary! Have you ever felt that way?
How do you reconcile giving your all to something and not holding back, with being able to sustain either outcome?
As someone who is single-mindedly focused (to a fault, some might say), this is something I have had to learn.
What I've learned is that it's all about how you fuel the ride. Are you giving yourself enough gas to make it to the end? Are you strong enough to survive the crash?
Let's talk about some ways you can do that...
- You must do it. There's really no sugar coating this one. If you are sleep deprived, it's only a matter of time before the wheels come off.
- Find a night where you can go to bed early, don't set an alarm, and don't feel guilty for staying in bed. This might mean saying no to other people or events but it must be done.
- Time to Recharge:
- Some people (me) recharge with alone or quiet time. Others feel recharged and energized by being around other people. Make time for whichever category applies to you.
- Exercise: do you need to exercise more or less?
- My guess is both. If you spend all day sitting, you need to get out and walk, walk, walk. What you probably DON'T need is to workout very hard every day of the week. This will only cause more stress. Workout hard on a few days and then take leisure walks and stretch on the other days.
- A Shot of Motivation:
- When you start to get worn down and fatigued, your motivation will start to wane. It is SO critical during these times to find some way to remind yourself why you are working so hard.
- For me, I feel re-energized when I can help someone or when I hear positive feedback from someone I've helped. In practical terms, this is what I do - when I'm feeling de-motivated, I will send a text to someone I'm working with and ask how they are doing. I'll either get the chance to help or they will tell me how great they are doing. It's a win-win because I get to connect with someone and give myself a shot of motivation. Simple, right?
It isn't all sunshine and rainbows.
We MUST learn to embrace the process and thrive in the midst of the grind. If not, we will look up and even if we find ourselves taking off on the runway, we won't have the energy to enjoy it.
Feel free to share in the comments how YOU re-charge and find a shot of motivation when it starts to fade.
Have a GREAT week, friends!