24/7 Hustle Requires Rest

How sleep deprivation killed my hustle.

Over the past few years, I have touted the fact that I slept very little and worked hard for all hours of the day and night. My days typically begin at 5am and end just before midnight. After all, the early bird gets the worm, right? Over the past few weeks, I realized that I was really just over caffeinated and living half awake.

It all started when I realized that I was starting to forget more and more conversations. I was either remembering very few details and misconstruing the conversation, or I forgot the conversation altogether. Coming to this realization makes you alarmingly aware that something is clearly wrong.

After reflecting on what could be wrong, it became apparent that I wasn’t getting enough rest. My days were long, and I was sluggish. My workouts started early, and I wasn’t getting enough out of them. I was just going through the motions and that in and of itself is exhausting.

Hustle Requires Intentionality

Hustle alone won’t create success. You can spend more time than anyone else, sleep less, or work through lunch, but it all accounts for nothing if you’re not 100% intentional about what you’re working towards.

Anything worth doing is worth giving it your all.

If we’re going to be intentional about how we live (work, love, spirit), we need to be able to give these spheres of our lives everything we’ve got. That requires a refreshed mind and body that can only be found through rest.

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