120. Take Care of Yourself

For those of us with a fiery passion to live out our wildest dreams, I can almost guarantee you that "grind" is one of our favorite words. Have you noticed that everyone is on their "grind" lately? Whatever that word looks like for each of us, we're loudly declaring our commitment to incredible work ethic, hard work, and long hours. More and more of us are being convicted because we sleep for 8 or 9 hours and are put to shame by those folks who live off of 4 and 5 hours of sleep. 

Yes, I know. #SleepIs4Suckers (shoutout to David Shands, my unofficial business coach and fellow BU member). I know that sleep is the new broke. I understand that when we make commitments to our goals we must be willing to sacrifice things like sleep, as ET would say. I get all of that, and I feel them to my utmost core. But, I need to make this point.

In the process of chasing after your goals, please make sure to take care of yourself. 

Listen to your body. You know when it's telling you that enough is enough. Nothing is wrong with pushing ourselves. But, what good is it to operate on 2-4 hours of sleep, only to be cranky to our loved ones, short with our customers, and reckless with ourselves? 

Let's not get so busy that we forget to take a breath every day, to gather our minds, to pray, to laugh, to enjoy life, to rest after working hard, to turn off notifications and enjoy a healthy face-to-face conversation. Let's not get so busy that we slowly stop fixing healthy meals or actually sitting down at the dinner table with our families. Let's not get so busy that we consume anything quick, fast, and on the go or neglect to properly hydrate and nourish our bodies.

I've done this and have paid the price for it. I do not want to go through it again. I understand that overworking yourself in an unhealthy way is possible. I look at people like Arianna Huffington, founder of Huffington Post, as an example of this.

She told Oprah once: 

Once I collapsed from exhaustion two years after starting the Huffington Post. I went unconscious and woke up in a pool of blood. I hit my head on my desk, broke my cheek bone, got four stitches on my right eye and was lucky I didn’t lose my eye.

I went from doctor to doctor trying to figure out what was wrong with me. I found out that nothing was medically wrong; it was something wrong with the way I was living my life.

In the doctor’s office, I asked myself, ‘Is this success?’ To me, success was not waking up in a pool of blood because of exhaustion.
— Arianna Huffington

When she said this on Super Soul Sunday, that struck a chord with me. I used to always hear about the stressed out lawyer racking up an insane amount of billable hours, running on caffeine, a poor diet, and a lack of sleep. I've heard about the doctor who would work shift after shift, eating fast food, not practicing what they preach to their own patients because they're neglecting themselves. 

I don't want to neglect myself and neither should you.

Take time for you and for those who love you. Yes, there's nothing wrong with wanting to be the best, have the best, and live the best way possible. But, don't allow things to come to a point where you reach your goal, but you can't enjoy it because your health, relationships, mind, or spirit is not right. It's all about holistic success, and taking care of yourself is a part of the journey. 

Now, it's time for me to go practice what I preach because I've been running on about 4.5-5 hours of sleep, and well, my body is telling me it's time to rest. 

Until we meet again tomorrow...