Monday, July 25, 2016
Working 24/7 will not bring you success
One thing I've learned over my 17 years in business is working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week doesn't make you successful but it will make you crazy. I see so many women in business celebrating "no sleep" as they "build an empire". If they keep that up, they may never see or enjoy the rewards of their empire.
We must take time to recharge and rejuvenate. Rest is a key component to success. If we follow the example of our Creator we will recognize the importance of rest. There is no greater creation than the universe and the world we live in; yet, the Creator rested on the 7th day. In Genesis chapter 2:2 it states, "By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done." If God rested why do we think in order to be successful we must forgo rest?
I have learned to make the most of my weekends and defy society's standard of success and entrepreneurial practices. My weekends are for faith, family, friends and fun. Worship and serving those in need rejuvenates my soul. Going for a walk, reading a book, sitting by a body of water or taking myself on a date is a surefire way to recharge my creative genius.
That old adage, "Life is too short" rings true. I intend to make the most of my time here on earth and though building empires are essential to survival, building a life and relationships are more important to me now. The older I get the more those whom I love have become central to my existence. We must make time to spend with our loved ones. A legacy of love is what I hope to leave my family. It is my hope that they will remember me as hard working, but more importantly, one who loved completely. I speak with my brothers often, however, I need to spend more one on one time with them. I have to intentionally make a commitment to succeed at this. Family is essential to business success also. They keep you grounded and motivate you to be better and fight those daily battles which can leave you feeling defeated. The love of family and weekend rejuvenation give you the energy to not give up and win! There's no success like the love and support of family and friends. We must work diligently to develop and maintain our relationships. We cannot accomplish this feat if we work 24/7.
Use your weekends wisely. Spend quality time with the ones you love. Get rest. Worship. Serve others. Play with your children. Connect with self. I guarantee that if you use your weekends wisely, your weekdays will become more productive and business will improve.
Be well rested, be connected, be rejuvenated and embrace your journey.