I am a workaholic.
I think I have always been this way – what most would call an “overachiever”. I love to work. I get a high off of accomplishing things – a list well checked off makes me feel good at the end of the day. I feel incredibly blessed to be able to work from home and I love my work. So I didn’t even see it coming. As my projects got bigger, I found myself in the habit of getting up at 5, working until 7, getting the kids ready for school – working until they got home – pause for a visit – work until dinner…and then sometimes work after I put them to bed. If you love what your’e doing, then it’s ok? Right?
Truth be told, there is a cost.
I found myself feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and fatigued halfway through my day. I was distracted, not present with people around me, and I felt somewhat scatterbrained at times. I think my family would say I was a bit on the grumpy side as well. My to-do list never seemed to get caught up and I felt like I was falling behind on projects…even though I was working sometimes 16 hours a day. Then, one evening while at a friend’s new moon circle…I picked this card from a Miracles Now deck.
It hit me like a slap on the face. It had been a long time since I woke up and meditated. This had been such an integral part of my morning …when did I stop doing it? I couldn’t remember – which was not a good sign. I went home and opened up my gratitude journal, which was another part of my morning routine. The date last entered was almost 2 months prior.
The Universe was sending me signs and I was too buried in work to see it.
The next morning I put aside my to-do list and spent an entire morning getting back into my routine of stillness. I meditated, wrote in my gratitude journal, read a chapter of a self-development book, and set my intentions to have a smooth and stress free day.
And of course – my days began to shift instantly. I had more clarity, focus, energy – and the stress was nearly gone. If I felt it begin to creep back in my day, I would take a 15 minute stillness break and throw on some soothing music – it was like an anxiety drug sent to me from God herself.
The key to success IS stillness. Not just because our bodies need to slow down to stay in peak performance, but because we need to connect with our inner guide/intuition and it’s almost impossible to hear her with the outside chatter of an overworked mind.
It’s ok to be an overachiever – I don’t think that part of me will ever go away. Yet, to be successful without burning out – and to tap into the limitless power of the universe and my intuition…stillness is a MUST.
Do you find this to be true for yourself? If you’re feeling overworked, stressed, or buried in your day – I highly encourage you to make time to be still – preferably starting your day off this way. It could be the key to success & happiness you’ve been working so hard for…that you didn’t even realize has been within you all along.
original on April 26, 2018