Ambition and hard work. These two usually go hand in hand. I’m yet to find anyone who has accomplished something major and didn’t work hard. And of course, they all praise and credit hard work for their success. Generation after generation, this idea, this belief has been passed on. If you want to do anything in life, work hard. Today, we are hard wired. We programmed to believe that if you don’t work hard, chances are, you will end up a failure. So we exert ourselves, driving ourselves to unhappiness, stress, overexertion. Can we break free from this vicious mindset barrier that of work hard or die trying? If we do break free from it, can we still be successful and live a fulfilling life?
Last week, we spoke about the real reason behind stress & overwhelm caused by being in situations you don’t particularly like. Like being stuck in a job you hate, not being able to reach business goals when you’re trying so hard and everything feels wrong and stressful. And we talked about how re-creating or re-defining what fulfills you, figuring out your purpose can inject joy, energy and vitality back in to your work and life. If you haven’t read that entry yet, check it out here. I’m sure it’ll leave you with some valuable food for thought and inspiration.
Stress and burnout. Sounds like the new themes of my life this year. Has this ever happened to you? You ask for something from life and then all the things are completely opposite to that happens? I set the intention of ease for this year. Yet, I keep experiencing stress, burn out and overwhelm. No matter how much inner work I do, how much consciousness I create by being present and deepening my meditation practice, the intense the feelings of stress settles in from time to time, throughout the day.