I am here to tell you, IT IS OKAY TO HAVE A LAZY DAY, in fact I insist on it. When we hear the word lazy it is often associated with things like a lack of motivation, a lack of drive, a lack of determination. It is a word strife with so much negative connotations that, if your anything like me or like I was, you fear any moments of laziness, which means; you push harder, you work longer, you have all these little busy projects. Yet, in the end this does far more harm than good.

As you are all aware, we are all about balance here and it is something so many of us struggle with. I won’t sit here and tell you that I have found the perfect balance in my life, that I am this master of zen, that I don’t struggle with it myself. That would be a flat out lie, which is not how I want this business to be run or even my life for that matter. I want y’all to see that even the “experts” struggle, even they lose their way, even they have their moments where they forget what they teach. For me, my greatest hurdle I am working on is finding the balance between working on this business while also allowing myself the time and space to just be in the moment, to rest, to relax. Especially as a new entrepreneur we want our business to be as successful as it can be, we want to have everything be perfect from our websites to our programs, we want to start making money as soon as possible. Yet we lose ourselves along the way, we focus so much on the business, that important aspects such as health, family, and sleep fall to the wayside and all the reasons we started this business become distant memories. Many of us go into business for ourselves to have freedom, to have more time with our families, to be able to go on vacations, to not be under the rule of another, but then we end up putting ourselves through so much more stress.

We have been raised in this mindset that we must always work harder to achieve what we want in life, but I am here to tell you that is bullshit. You do not have to work harder, you have to work smarter, you have to work with balance, you have to find the system, the rhythm, the things that drive you, that work for you. Please understand though, in my opinion there is a difference between HUSTLE and OVERWORKING. In my community the word hustle has become somewhat of a taboo word, because people think that when you are hustling you are overworking, yet when it is done right, hustle can be your best friend. When you have that balance between the HUSTLE and REST you will achieve so much more. Also, don’t get me twisted here and think that you don’t have to work to manifest your desires, you still have to put in the time, in the work, in the effort. Without it, you will not progress.

It is more about the way in which you approach it. Instead of working 7 days a week, 12+ hours a day, set a schedule for yourself (I know we left our jobs to get away from schedules, but they are helpful), and stick to said schedule. Pencil in relaxation time, pencil in time with your family, pencil in time to take for just yourself. BUT actually follow through with it, don’t make an excuse for why you can’t do it, your work will still be there when you are done with your relaxation. Don’t set these unrealistic timetables or deadlines to achieve things, we all have a limit, we all have only so much we can accomplish. Working within those confines doesn’t mean you’re inadequate or less than, this is just simply who you are. Please don’t look at this as a negative thing, use it to your advantage. Get help, do not try to do everything yourself. We are not the all seeing, all powerful Wizard of OZ, if y’all remember he was just as lost and scared as the rest of us. We all need help, just as he needed Dorothy and as she needed The Scarecrow, The Cowardly Lion and the Tin-man. Automate what you can, it will be a lifesaver y’all I am telling you. This will allow you more freedom and time to focus on what makes you happy, on what drives you, on what fuels you.

As always,