We have a family motto in the Winston household: Be bold, treat others with love and respect, and WORK HARD. As the years go on, I would love to add one more motto to the list: REST EASY. I was lucky enough to have been taught the value of hard work, but have never understood the value of resting and reflecting... until recently.
Qualifying for the 2019 Boston Marathon has been the fire that wakes me up every day to eat healthy and follow a strict routine. Any slight deviation from a detailed training routine could add several minutes to a marathon pace, which is not an option for a Boston qualifier. After feeling slight cramps in my right calf two weeks ago, I made the executive decision to push through the pain. I would feel it getting slightly worse every day, but knew that the adrenaline would block my pain receptors from slowing my pace. BAD IDEA, I found myself limping off the track after a tempo run, and decided to get go to a local doctor. LUCKILY, I found out that I did not have a stress fracture, but I desperately needed to take a break to allow time for my muscles to recover. So I will rest and take time to reflect on where I can do better going forward. I'm only human, not a robot.
The same concept applies to our career: WORK HARD, REST EASY. It is so important to visualize success and set a plan to relentlessly pursue. Once you truly commit to this in your heart, it will be difficult to think about anything else. It is equally important to take time for yourself to rest and reflect. We should be working to live, not living to work. There are so many other areas in life to enjoy, and you will find yourself wondering where the years have gone from time to time. If all you do is work, it will become extremely easy to feel burnt-out. You are not doing your employer or your business a favor by just showing up to work every day, because this is only sustainable for a short period of time. Remember, you are only a human.. Not a robot.
This concept of resting easy is difficult for us over-achievers. All we want to do is dream, pursue, repeat. The 4th element of rest is a must in order to commit to a long-term goal.
After running out in 20 minutes at last weeks expo, I decided to put these up the website!