Two weeks ago was just manic. I was leaving the house early and returning late… taking all my meals away from home… getting home just to sleep and then starting again.
We opened a new gym for our LinkedIn corporate clients. Huge win--- but loads of work.
The following week, last week, was almost as crazy--- as I had a LOT of catching up to do.
Returning emails that had been waiting, making calls, answering messages and having meetings that had been left to pile up the previous week.
There are times in life and business when you just have to be ready to go all out.
You have to hustle and push, and wake up to do it again the next day.
Being busy in your business, really BUSY, is a blessing.
Just as important to being able to ramp everything up though, is recognizing that you need to take it back down.
When you need to take a minute. When you need to slow down.
My insane work pace served my business very well.
But my family, they needed me to be there for them as well, and not in an amped up, let’s go, let’s move kind of way.
They needed me to smile at them. Maybe hug them. Remember that while I was so busy with work, their lives continued and they had things to tell me. They wanted to share their day… or for me just to sit down and cuddle.
I needed to remember to sit down and listen.
Not in the rushed, get this thing done so I can move on to the next thing and make sure all of the things are done the right way as efficiently as possible kind of way, either.
My business needed a huge investment of my time.
But so did my family.
Sometimes, you get distracted from what’s important. Time is scarce and you *have* to get things done. You don’t choose the deadlines, you just hustle to meet them. It’s easy to get caught up in that and *stay* in ‘full-on’ mode.
But if you’re full-on, all the time, you are going to miss things. Maybe little things. Maybe big things. Certainly, important things.
So, don’t forget to step out of the hustle every now and then.
Don’t forget to stop. And breath. And take a minute to appreciate the new art work on the fridge or the first smiles. Or the effort your spouse has made to pick up the slack while you’ve been so busy with your work.
You just need to remember to balance your all-out hustle with moments where you STOP.
And be truly grateful for the people who are supporting you and making it possible.