I used to believe (it’s a work in progress) that I had to grind daily to succeed. After all, nothing happens without hard work, right? We need to earn our success. Success isn’t easy. It’s hard.
HARD. HARD. HARD.
And super exhausting.
And while I do believe that daily commitment and goal setting is imperative to creating something, part of that work needs to be doing nothing. When we push, we create a kind of desperate exhaustive energy that doesn’t really attract growth and abundance. Creating boundaries, finding balance and making space are also things that are necessary for the healthy growth of anything. I like to think of this as “marination”.
I’m hardly an artist in the kitchen (my kids don’t starve), but I do know the delicious benefits of letting something marinate. Goals and dreams also need to marinate. We need to put out clean and clear intentions, set goals, do the daily work and then step away from time to time to let things rest. This can be in the form of a walk, mediation, other hobbies or a good book and a hot cup of tea.
Whatever feeds your soul and resets your energy tank is an essential part of the recipe for success.
And something truly magical happens when we let things marinate. We return to our ideas and projects and find them tastier. And we find ourselves more productive and creative; more ready to take our ideas to the next level.
For those of us who grew up believing that hard work is the only way to achieve goals, this idea of doing less at times will be challenging, but I invite you to try it.
What can you step away from and let marinate today?
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