We were in Vermont last weekend. I left my laptop at home. That felt pretty liberating :) It feels good to be writing to you again this week.
It’s becoming clearer that not hustling is harder than hustling. I’m starting to sense this from a few different angles.
Many people I talk to in my “work life” are used to hustling. It’s what they do. It’s what they’ve been doing for a long time. It’s what they believe will get them where they want or need to go.
As a result, it’s easy to keep hustling. Wake up. Hustle until you collapse at the end of the day. Do it tomorrow. Do it the day after that.
Days become weeks. Weeks become months. Months become years.
Years became about 20 years in my case.
Hustling is tricky. It’s deceptive. It feels like it’s easy when you get used to it.
Now try something.
Take your eyes off your laptop or phone. Stand up. Take three full and conscious breaths into your stomach. Don’t look at your laptop or phone again until after the third breath.
That’s a small example of what not hustling feels like.
Did it feel easy or hard?
Ask yourself if it would have felt easier to stay seated, staring at your laptop or phone, rather than standing up and breathing.
If you answer yes, you’re beginning to understand why not hustling is harder than hustling. If you answer no, that may be hustling’s deceptive powers at work.
What did you experience? Hit reply to this email and let me know.
Catch you soon…and keep breathing,