When we study the lives of people who have achieved a level of mastery in their field, and as a result are at the top, there is one thing that they have in common. Can you guess what it is? They prioritize recovery!
Wait, recovery? So you want me to stop working? Charnelle, are you serious?
Yes, I am. Although it sounds counter-intuitive and almost counterproductive. Rest and recovery are not an exception to the journey of success. They are actually a contributing factor to any success you might hope to achieve — contrary to what you might have come to believe. We are under the impression that as an entrepreneur you have to be at full speed ahead all the time paying no attention to our bodies screaming from burnout and our emotions asking to be catered to.
We often hear that as an entrepreneur you are either working on your business or in your business, and that’s it. Intuitively we understand that, for example, if your phone or laptop overheats then your machine is being overworked and it needs to be put aside to rest. This dichotomy that has been normalized when it comes to people ignores the fact that our brains, and subsequently our bodies, much like machines only have a limited amount of energy on a given day. When they overheat they too need to be set aside for recovery. This will improve your effectiveness because you will be able to perform at your optimal.
Entrepreneurship is a marathon, not a sprint. Regardless, we still want to win the race so learn to pace yourself so you can finish strong.