“Only you can decide how far you get to travel in life. Therefore, you definitely owe it to your future self to be courageous and ambitious enough to strive and thrive without limitations.”
How did you do today? Did you just survive the chaos of the day? What was it like? How does it feel to be spending your time and energy only to just survive the day? It doesn’t feel so good does. It can feel draining. It can be filled with anxiety, stress and turmoil. A lot of people are just surviving the day. Careers go sour when the focus is on just surviving. If I get through today then I’ll be OK.
Are you one of those who are just surviving the day? Do you find it hard to get out of bed in the morning? Do you feel drained and used up by the end of the day? Do you believe what you do matters? Does your boss believe you matter? When was the last time you were complemented on your work? How many hours are you being asked to work? How much time do you have off?
What does it mean to thrive? Araianna Huffington wrote, “Nothing succeeds like excess.” We live in a world where “more” and “having more” drives us to be doing more, working more hours, earning more money, filling the day with more activity. At the end of the day – there is nothing left – there is no more. Day after day of pushing yourself to the limits doesn’t result in a better life, it results in a battered life. Thriving isn’t about just surviving the day-to-day race. Thriving is about living a rich life, and by rich meaning a life that includes time to relax and find peace. A thriving life is one that has time, enough time for family, friends, personal growth, contribution and time for you. Thriving means that you do have time and you don’t feel rushed and you don’t feel that the day has to be absolutely packed with activity.
Part of the reason to completely fill each day with activity is because everyone else is doing that, filling their life with stuff. Eating becomes a quick stop at a fast food restaurant and the food is consumed as you drive to the next event. Sleep can be reduced to just a few hours, maybe 4 or 5. It is no wonder people are totally exhausted much of the time.
What would it take for you to thrive every day? What would you want to change to feel like every day mattered more than yesterday? What can you take out of your day that will give you time to relax and recover?