When to Drop the Hustle

It's easy to get confused about what to "GO FOR" next. Can you relate?

I've spent the last year doing less and being more. It has felt a little odd. Ok, more like totally out of my skin if I'm being honest. 

I am used to a fast pace; always having the next "thing" in sight. That's what all the self-help gurus tell you, right? Always have a compelling future. Before you complete one goal, know what the next goal is so you don't fall into a state of being "down." And there is wisdom in this advice.

On the other hand, we are constantly bombarded with messages that encourage us to pay attention to self-care; to slow down and smell the roses. Avoid the dreaded burnout.


Don't hustle.

Sleep when you die.

Get 8+ hours of sleep a night.

Take massive action.

Rome wasn't built in a day. Be consistent and take one step at a time.

And if we sat here to dissect all of the above, I"m sure we could find a way to see that all of these can co-exist happily together without contradicting each other.

Sometimes we get so stuck in our heads that it can be tricky to identify the "right" thought process.  

Sometimes being a self-proclaimed "go-getter" can mess with your head. It can become your identity (not a bad thing to call yourself, mind you). Then when you want to take a break, it's hard to do so and still see yourself in a positive light.

You're allowed to work hard AND play hard.

What's the use of working so hard to achieve things if you never stop to enjoy the success you've created? 


If you ever find yourself in this mental loop (push? or rest?), here are some questions to help figure out your next steps.

  • Have you acknowledged your latest "win?" If not, stop and do that first. Big or small, you deserve to celebrate all of your achievements. This builds your confidence to tackle even bigger things - if that's what you choose.
  • Have you identified what seems to be the issue? 
    • Do you have too many goals and aren't sure which one to tackle next? In this case, ask yourself why you want each one. Determine the one you want most emotionally. That is the goal that excites you, and the one you will have the most fun achieving.
    • Or do you have nothing on the drawing board that excites you? If this sounds more like you, it's time to dream bigger! Don't be afraid to re-invent yourself. Push yourself outside your comfort zone and look for a goal that you used to think was for "other people." Imagine yourself at a whole new level. When you discover something that both scares and excites the hell out of you, you're probably on to something.
  • Bottom line...For what is your soul asking? Often, our first responses to questions like these are surface answers. Dig deeper. Keep probing until you get the inspiration that makes your heart sing.


Today is the day to #GoForIt!

Author, Mindset Mechanic and P2P Influence Artist,

Personal Evolution Company