“It is our best work that God wants, not the dregs of our exhaustion. I think he must prefer quality to quantity.” George MacDonald
“I can fit it all in.” That’s what we tell ourselves – only to discover that we’re overwhelmed with exhaustion at the end of everyday. It’s like we approach our daily tasks and work like we’re completing an Olympic event – we push and push until we’ve got nothing left to live. Most of us know that this is no way to live, but yet we feel compelled to beat time and simply see how much we can do in a day. So, what makes us do it? For many of us, we have this belief that unless we accomplish all that we set out to do in a day that we’ve somehow failed or are lazy or even that if we don’t, no one else will. We’re driven by these beliefs that it’s better to work to exhaustion than to approach our
Weekly Path to Peace: Overcome exhaustion.
- What are the beliefs that have you run yourself into the ground over and over? Do you tell yourself that you don’t want to disappoint others that no one else can do it as well as you or that success comes only from driving yourself to work so hard? Examine all the beliefs that cause you do just one more thing this week. Write them down and really look at where you first received that message.
- Next, decide if that message is still serving you? Perhaps dedication is something you love, but not to the point that you can
no longer give ofyourself completely. Make a list of what belief does and does not serve you. For those that drive you to work to exhaustion, decide to consciously choose a new, more empowering message that allows you to remain present and focus on the quality of what you do.
As you begin this week, rate your level of happiness, self-esteem and self-confidence on a scale of 1-10, with 1 being not satisfied and 10 being very satisfied. Notice where you are Sunday evening after you do this week’s peace practice to see if there is a change