One of the most unsettling feelings is going through the motions and settling for the status quo.
Yet one of the most satisfying feelings is closing out a day and knowing that you gave an all out effort. That you took pride in your work and held yourself to a higher standard than anyone else ever could.
So why should we ever avoid or shy away from putting in a hard days work?
Is it because others have cautioned us that when we work too hard we’ll eventually experience burn out? That one day we’ll hit a wall and experience a major setback?
Whatever the reasons may be I’ve found the exact opposite to be true…
It’s the times where I try to pace myself and take it easy where I end up feeling unfulfilled and burned out. It’s not the times where I’m fully engaged and giving an all out effort. If anything, these are the times where I’m feeling at my best. Where I’m feeling most fulfilled.
It makes me think of the saying:
Live each day as if it’s your last.
While some may want to focus on what activities they’d partake in on their last day I think this saying has more to do with our behaviors.
Specifically, how would we want to behave if this day was our last? How would we approach our work? How would we speak to and treat others?
The reason I believe this is because it’s our behaviors that ultimately define what others think of us and the legacy we leave behind. The behaviors that we display throughout the day also determine how we feel.
Thus the reason why one of the most satisfying feelings is closing out a day and knowing that we gave an all out effort. For when we give an all out effort we know that we gave our very best leaving no room for regret.
The Ascent is a series where I document the experience of building YPE. It’s written from the following perspective: Advice I give to myself based on the lessons learned every day.