My number one priority as an entrepreneur? Rest.
But aren’t new entrepreneurs supposed to be all about the hustle?
I don’t think so. In fact, I hate the word hustle. Hustling feels rushed and jittery. Like I’m running from one thing to the next without time to pause and figure out if what I’m doing actually makes sense.
That’s not the way I want to build my business. It’s not the way I want to live my life.
I want to do what is meaningful and will have the biggest impact for my clients. Sustain the important relationships in my life. Take risks and create new things to bring into the world.
That work takes focus.
Focus requires energy.
Energy demands rest.
How do I renew? Sleep is the most critical. I need at least eight hours a night. Sometimes nine. Most days I take a short nap or meditate for 15 minutes in the afternoon. And there are evenings when I collapse on the couch and watch four episodes of Mozart in the Jungle or a bad Hallmark movie and that fills my tank as well.
I’m not perfect. There are weeks when I go to bed too late or push through back-to-back days without taking a breath.
And then I pay for it.
I pay for it with my creativity and productivity. With my ability to listen deeply. With my focus and motivation to tackle the important work.
Avoid the hustle. Rest, renew, and get the good work done.
Look for a follow-up video on learning to give myself permission to stop and rest on Destination Soul Shine next week.
Heather Whelpley is a writer, photographer, and coach that works with clients to get out of unsatisfying jobs, create meaningful careers and lives, and fulfill their own potential. See her home page to learn more. She is also the host of Destination Soul Shine, a community dedicated to nourishing your soul and making your spirit shine. Like Destination Soul Shine on Facebook or follow us on Instagram @destinationsoulshine for resources to inspire you to live a meaningful, healthy, creative life.