I used to think that hard work was the key to happiness, that the faster I ascended the less stressed I would be, that when I achieved my goals I would be ultimately happy.
For too long, I believed the lie that my happiness and self-worth are derived from my productivity.
I spent so much time trying to:
- work harder,
- improve my efficiency,
- hack my schedule,
- scale faster,
- fit more in.
I invested so much energy into:
- listening to podcasts on efficiency,
- reading books on building better habits,
- downloading apps to make things move faster,
- wearing watches that track my every move,
- wiring my home to outsource menial tasks.
But in that quest, I was left always reaching and striving, never satisfied. In believing the lie, I just might have missed the chance to sit still and be happy exactly where I am now.
So, Slow Down is my mantra for 2021.
I'm trying to move gracefully toward my goals, not working harder or faster or more efficiently, but by:
- slowing down,
- not wasting time trying to be more efficient,
- understanding that it takes time to build something special,
- not delaying happiness in preference for progress,
- appreciating my life as it is right now, and not longing for anything more,
- focusing on the purity and authenticity of what I offer my patients,
- choosing joy and play and meaningful idleness,
- being mindful, grateful and joyful.
I know now that my self-worth is not tied to how much I accomplish or how fast I get to my goals. These days I lean in to the idea that my goals and dreams will come in time, and that being fast, efficient and productive are not nearly as important as being:
I hope your day is full of hope and joy and possibility, not to get things done but just to be present and have fun.