I piss a lot of people off when I say this...

Want to be successful? It takes HARD WORK.

Results don’t come easy.

Exhausted? Push. Through.

Sound familiar? It does to me.

You see, me and hard work go way back. I have spent years saddling up with stress and anxiety in an effort to get things done, only to find myself sick, exhausted and with heart palpitations.

Here’s the bottom line:

"Working hard" is the very thing getting in the way of creating our best work.

I piss a lot of people off when I say this.

I get a whole lot of “but you don’t understand...” and “you can’t create by doing nothing.”

Let me clarify something: The opposite of working hard is NOT to cease creating and doing.

It’s working from a place of peace rather than fear.

This is where your best ideas flow. It’s also your natural state of being.

Recently, I caught myself leaning back on my old ways and “working hard” again to get more done because things felt busy.  

I would say things to myself like:

“I’ve got to get this done!”

“There’s so much to do and not enough time!”

“OMG, how am I going to do all of this?”

I started to speed up, I stood to eat my meals, and I finished a few exciting events looking like I walked out of battle.

I end up feeling like garbage. Every. Single. Time.

Why? Because stress hormones are intended for short bursts of energy to keep us alive if under attack, not be to a constant companion. When we feel stressed for long stretches of time those stress hormones wreak havoc on our bodies.

Thankfully, I’ve practiced becoming aware of when I start to work hard and when I’m feeling stressed. I notice it immediately, rather than while in the doctor’s office asking what’s wrong with me (my old ways). 

I know I’m not alone in the stressed-out, gotta-get-more-done way of operating.

It not only sucks to feel this way but it doesn’t help what we’re creating or what we’re putting out into the world.

There is a better way.

I am on a mission to spread rest, joy and freedom.

I want to take us from a place of miserable and burnt-out to alive and joyful.

Want to help?

Here are a few ways you can help me with my mission (pick one or all): 

  • Close your eyes and take a long, deep breath right now  
  • Dance in your office (here's a song)
  • Take a break to lay down
  • Watch this funny video 
  • Stop for a moment. And I mean really stop. The kind of stopping where you notice your own breath, you feel your heartbeat, you notice the world around you and your indescribable value in it.

This is just the beginning.

Remember, when you work from a place of peace rather than fear, you’re not only creating better work but you’re creating more peace too.