I’m going to be honest with you: I’m freaking exhausted. My body aches. And some days I want to curl up on the couch and do nothing but watch Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix.
Something’s not right with my body and hasn’t been for a few years. Doctors keep uncovering another “reason” for my ailments, but they’ve yet to nail exactly what’s going on. Treatment protocols, fancy diets, a hundred hours of bodywork, and thousands of dollars in medical bills, and I’m still looking for the root of the issue.
As a result, I can’t work a full day, and some days I can’t work at all.
Of course I always follow through on my commitments to clients (I’m uncompromising in that way), but I don’t push beyond what I know my limit is (and I make sure not to commit past my limit).
Beyond my set commitments, I don’t do much else. I’m not working to grow my list. I’m not hosting free calls. I’m not creating a new digital product. And I’m not pushing myself to churn out the four part post I’ve been scheming for 3 months that just doesn’t seem to want to come together.
Sometimes, the best thing I can do for myself and for my business is to take a break. Rest. Watch Netflix. And take a day (or two or three) off.
I don’t imagine life will always be this way. I’ll figure out what’s been ailing me. I’ll have the energy to give to another big thing.
For now, I’m just going to do what I can within my known limits.
I have a feeling you can relate.
Maybe you’re not sick (or maybe you are). Maybe you have little ones at home. Maybe you’re going through a divorce, moving, or planning a wedding. Or maybe you’re trying to build your business while working a full-time job.
The one thing that’s clear is you’re trying to do too much.
When you feel the burn of over-working, I want to tell you that the best thing you can do for yourself and your business is to stop (or at least slow down, a lot). Put that mega blog series on hold. Take a break. Watch TV. Read a book. Get a massage.
Magic happens when I let go and work less.
I sell more copies of Get Your First 1000 Subscribers. My husband steps up and does more around the house. And when I do work, everything gets done faster than if I had pushed to make it happen. In fact, that’s how this blog post came to be.
I was trying to work on my four part blog series (it’s going to be awesome!), but my energy kept dropping, and I couldn’t piece the ideas together like I wanted to. I said, “Screw this. I don’t care if it’s supposed to go live in 2 days. I’m going to eat lunch and watch TV before my massage.”
The moment I turned on the TV, I thought, “Ah, this is what I need to write about.” Seven minutes later, this very post was drafted. It’s the perfect message for you as we head into the holiday season, a time when everyone tries to do way too much.
When you’re tired, stop and rest. When you feel that cold coming on, stop and rest. When you’re trying to hard to do that next thing in your business but it’s not coming together, stop and rest. When you’re getting snippy at everyone because your to-do list is a mile long and you have no idea when you’ll get it all done, yes, stop and rest.
The best thing to do when pushing, forcing, and efforting stops working is to rest. Resting means you’ll come back stronger than before, and you’ll get more done faster. (And who doesn’t want that?!) Tweet that!
Most importantly, there is always — and I mean always — more work to be done. You need to be the one to check yourself. No one but you can stop you. Tweet that!
Tell me…. can you relate?
Spill it in the comments below.