I actually learned this life lesson rest from a friend of mine.
An instructor was scheduled to teach classes in the afternoon. This person was asked to come in earlier to teach a class or at least make a presence around the studio. The instructor denied the request. The reason? It’s simple. The instructor needed to rest so that they could give 100% of their energy for the afternoon classes.
Simple concept, wouldn’t you know. However, in this fast paced,keep up with the Jone’s or face social chastising and isolation type society we have today, the idea of slowing down or taking a step back to rest seem unfathomable, especially during the day! But if it is the key to success, then why isn’t it practiced daily?
You Live and Learn
That was the problem I had. I got caught up in the grind and kept spinning my wheels. “Hit the pavement hard, keep going, you’re almost there you can rest then.” That’s the drive hard successful business model, isn’t it? I didn’t understand the concept that you create your best work when you are well rested and happy. Now I do.
You project a positive vibe around people when you are well rested and happy.
Problems seem to work themselves out better (Yes, lack of money problems too.) when you are well rested and happy.
We have convinced ourselfs that the answer is to do more when the answer is to do your best. How can you do your best if you’re overworked and tired. That’s when I got it.
Rest Can Change Your Life
This is how my days used to sound like when I was overworked and under-rested:
“Yeah, it was good. You know, just worked on stuff.”
Now they sound like this:
“Had a few things on my plate but it was great! Let’s see, first I…”
I actually enjoy talking about my days, and I enjoy hearing about partner’s as well. It’s not only being able to enjoy the end of the day, but the entire day.
You don’t have to go to the Bahamas to recharge:
Go to bed earlier and wake up earlier. Enjoy the morning.
Take an hour break at the park.
Take a 45minute to 1 hour nap. If you need more than that maybe you should work on your sleeping patterns at night.
BUT I DON’T HAVE TIME TO REST!
WHO DOES??? MAKE IT A PRIORITY!
Bring back the power of connection. Bring back the power of actually feeling something worthwhile. Bring back the joy you used to have in life.