If you are like most of us, you take great pride in working hard. There’s a huge sense of accomplishment when we put in long hours, achieve our goals and hit major bench marks of success. Hard work isn’t just limited to the hours in the office, it includes time in your workouts, time focusing on the family’s needs, time dedicated to helping others and time on your nutrition to mention a few.
The question I ask is “why are you working hard”? That’s not a judgment indicating one shouldn’t, I’m curious what’s driving you to? Are you working hard to be able to enjoy something? Are you working hard so you have optimal health today and in your future? Are you working hard so your family can reap the benefits down the road? Or are you working so hard, you’ve forgotten why? Do you come home at the end of the day with your head spinning, your body and soul tired and you simply want to zone out…day after day…month after month?
At one point, you probably knew you wanted to obtain something and hard work was the instigator. You knew why you were doing it.
If you are now that person who’s checking off a box, wearing your time worked (whatever it is you’re working hard at) as your badge of honor just to say you did it to impress someone then you might need to have little moment with yourself and ask “why“? Why are you doing this? Your why might be different now than it was 5 years ago. It doesn’t mean you should or shouldn’t work hard at something, but maybe it’s time to reevaluate your intention and purpose.
Knowing what is the force behind it all can recharge and inspire you. It can help you enjoy the journey as they say. It can help you set your boundaries so that when you give…you give with a whole heart. The purpose, drive, intention, force and your why can recharge you in a way that when you do work hard, it doesn’t feel hard! It feels authentic and powerful!