Put Down the Hustle

As driven, self-motivated women, it’s so easy to fall into the trap of the hustle. Society and our inner critics tell us that in order to succeed, we have to push harder and work longer than everyone around us. I used to think that if I stopped hustling, I would have to give up on my dreams. But the reality is that’s just NOT TRUE!

When I push myself too hard, I run out of energy. I stop doing the things that feel like a luxury — the yoga and the friend dates and the stuff that actually nourishes me! But when I let go of those things, I’m not recharging myself. The type of energy I’m going to cultivate is more of that tired, negative energy. It becomes this endless cycle of staying stuck in the exhaustion until I can interrupt it again by taking myself to yoga or taking the time to set down the to-do list and relax!

So, what does not hustling look like? It means I stop running from task to task. I stop working when when I’m uninspired. I take a break when I’m exhausted. I stop going to events that don’t fill my cup or my soul. Fundamentally, to stop hustling means to shift my mindset: I won’t gain anything by burning myself out.

Take a moment and think about what you’ve done or are planning to do this week to refill your cup. How can you take some time to nourish yourself and recharge? Even if it’s just an hour of quiet time to read a good book, or go for a bike ride or a walk, or have a phone date with a friend… carve out that little piece of time for yourself because you deserve it AND because recharging will do more to help you get where you want to be than checking one more thing off your to-do list!


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