Anything that costs you your peace is too expensive. – Anonymous
I know, I know, it is easier said than done. But sometimes we are so focused on what we want to achieve, that we forget to check on what really matters: ourselves. Is it really worth to keep pushing to reach our goals, even if that means losing sleep, skipping meals, or ending up so grumpy that the only thing we want to do, at the end of every day, is just to go to bed and hide under the blankets?
The thing is, sometimes we feel that until we push ourselves to the very limit, until we are feeling physically ill, because only then we can “justify” ourselves to stop or take a break.
But the question I want to ask you is: is it really worth it? Is that promotion really more important than having dinner with your family? Is that person ignoring your messages more valuable than a night of sleep? Is your life depending on the result of that match, now that you trained so hard that you are aching everywhere?
I think that the answer to these questions is quite clear, but sometimes we fail to see it, as what we want to achieve seems so important that we forget to check on ourselves, to make sure we are still ok or if it is time for a break.
I know that it seems hard to accept that we need to take it easy sometimes, but let’s try to shift perspective one second: let’s pretend that you get wherever you wanted to be, wouldn’t the situation require you to be at 100% of your abilities? If you get that promotion, or that message, or win that match, wouldn’t you prefer to live the full experience, be your true self and be able to do your best?
And let’s not forget the best part: celebrating with your loved ones, maybe with a pancake stack!