Often life gets so busy, so crazy, so overdone. 

Our culture prides itself in this "overdoneness," which frankly is not good. 

NOT good.

To be more effective,  more efficient, to accomplish more, get ahead, rise above; we push, we strive, we "do". 

This effort will often cause a powerful short-term advantage, which is great and all but it's not sustainable, it's a short-term play that becomes a long-term disaster.

Night sky captured in Yosemite National Park California

Night sky captured in Yosemite National Park California

Sometimes the most effective thing is also the most simple; stop,  take a deep breath, and take the time to enjoy your life.

It's got to be the right balance for sure. There are periods of time where hustle beyond what is reasonable is critical to success. Times where your ability to outlast everyone else will be the defining edge in your ability to do what others have not. 

It can easily become a trap though. In fact, the very reason it works well in bursts creates the illusion of being a good approach all the time. 

Our culture praises it too. 

We tell the person that never stops how amazing they are, we post on social media all of our activities bragging about the number of things we do, attend, and accomplish. We encourage our staff to come in early and stay late. We push push push and slap fake smiles on our faces to show the world we love every minute of it. 

PLEASE don't get me wrong; I'm not for working two days a week taking summers off and sitting around "relaxing." 

NOT AT ALL. 

I have spent the last 22 years learning how to accomplish more in less time. How to be productive regardless of the situation, and how to determine the difference between very important and the very urgent. If you want to succeed you will need to really kick some butt, you will need to rise above the competition; you will need to accomplish 10X of your peers. 

It's just that you need to do this and NOT loose your life in the process. You need to do this on purpose, for a reason, not just work for work's sake. 

Do you know why you did what you did last week? Do you know why you just spent 3 hours going through all those freaking worthless emails? My guess is you don't. Most don't. 

You owe it to yourself to take some time this week to think through your "why" spend a few moments to sit, do nothing, and breath. 

Onward, 

Chris Behnke

Inspiration from the Instagram post: https://www.instagram.com/p/BHv5RKngCIo/

Often life gets so busy, so crazy, so overdone. Our culture prides itself in this. Sometimes the most effective thing, is also the most simple; stop, and take a deep breath, take the time to enjoy your life. #entrepreneurlife #hustle #leadership