Striving, Resting, and the Rhythm of Success
Success has a rhythm, and contrary to what you might think, it isn’t work, work, work. As important as working hard is taking time to rest. Believe me, I know it’s easy to get caught up in your work in an effort to bring your goals to fruition. We all want to arrive at success.
But it’s helpful to think of your journey towards success as a long race. You want to adopt the mentality of the marathon runner, not the sprinter. You have to learn to pace yourself, or you’ll get worn out and have to stop.
If you aren’t careful you may easily get burned out on your work, which could cause you to lose motivation or experience work-related fatigue. Maintaining a healthy work rhythm, that balances work and rest, can help you build momentum and stamina as you work towards success. Over-working yourself can eventually complicate and slow your career goals rather expedite them.
Be sure to take the opportunities to rest when you have them. If you have some accumulated personal days, don’t feel guilty about taking one if you need it. The work will be there when you get back to the office. Find activities that you can enjoy doing and allow you release tension or stress from your workday. Doing so will help you feel rejuvenated and refreshed when you go back to work. Resting can be more than sleeping or sitting quietly. You can rest by doing activities that get your mind off work for a while. Play tennis, jog, swim, work out, or read a book, watch a movie, go to dinner with friends. All of these can help you rest, so you’ll be fit for work and more likely to stay striving steadily towards success!